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'Britains craziest bike race' returns to Blists Hill Victorian Town (24th June 2015)

'Britains craziest bike race' returns to Blists Hill Victorian Town

An event in Shropshire dubbed as ‘Britain’s craziest bike race’ will have an extra element this year with the addition of the county’s first ever Balance Bike Championships.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge will host the Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross race on Saturday evening, 27th June, when around 200 cyclists from all over the UK are expected to enter. Now in its third year, the event attracts people of all ages keen to see the unusual spectacle of bikes hurtling their way around the re-created Victorian town.

This year will be bigger than ever with the introduction of the Telford Balance Bike Championship, which will be free to enter. This new race joins the line-up alongside the under-12s and youth races, as well as the men’s and women’s adult races, meaning there is an opportunity for all ages to ride. Pupils from Adams Grammar school in Newport are designing and building their own bikes, which they will ride around the course.

Michael Nettleton, director of Nock Deighton Ironbridge estate agents, one of the event sponsors, said it was a great addition to the events calendar. “We are proud sponsors of the excellent Newport Nocturne event, which is organised by the same team who are behind the cyclo-cross, so we are delighted to be involved with this too.

“The race is a fantastic use of Blists Hill and it’s a really unusual sight to see so many bikes racing through the Victorian streets. I’m sure it will become a hugely popular event as people get to know about it, which is why we’re very happy to support it.”

Cyclo-cross is an off-road form of cycling, with most competitors using specialist cross bikes, which are a combination of a racing and mountain bike. The first Queen Victoria Cyclo-cross race at Blists Hill was described by the Cycling Weekly magazine as ‘Britain’s craziest bike race’.

As well as the race itself, the event will feature music from Wellington Brass Band and a fairground organ.

Gates will open at 5.15pm on Saturday, 27th June and the first race will start at 6pm with the event finishing at 9pm. Spectators are welcome for just £3, payable at the gate; children under 16 will be free of charge and must be accompanied by an adult. Ironbridge Gorge Museum Passports are not valid for this evening.

For more details visit, further information about Blists Hill can be found on or call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on (01952) 433424. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).