News: Queen Victoria Cyclo-cross


Shropshire will be in the national spotlight as ‘Britain’s craziest bike race’ is broadcast on television

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News: Queen Victoria Cyclo-cross

Shropshire will be in the national spotlight as ‘Britain’s craziest bike race’ is broadcast on television for the very first time.

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Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge will host the Queen Victoria Cyclo-cross race on Saturday, July 9, with around 300 cyclists from across the UK expected to enter.

The event is in its fourth year and is due to attract people of all ages keen to see the unusual spectacle of bikes hurtling their way around the recreated Victorian streets. This year the event will be broadcast on the Bike Channel thanks to sponsorship from Ludgate Finance.

Television crews will be there to capture the action as races for all ages, from children to veterans, take place at the World Heritage Site. This year’s event will also once again feature the Telford Balance Bike Championship.

Promoter Nick Jeggo said: “We are looking forward to the fourth Queen Victoria Cyclo-cross race as Blists Hill Victorian Town is a very unique location for a cycling event. The course includes the ascent of the Hay Incline Plane which can prove very testing for riders.

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“It has been described in Cycling Weekly magazine as ‘Britain’s craziest bike race’ and this year is set to be no different.  Officials will be dressed in Victorian costume to add to the atmosphere and between races spectators will be kept entertained by barrel organs, music hall singers, a funfair and the whistles of steam engines”.

“This year is particularly exciting as the event is being filmed for the Bike Channel, which can be found on Sky and Virgin.

“We would like to thank sponsors Ludgate Finance for funding this and giving us the opportunity to broadcast the action to a national audience.”

Sponsor Ludgate Finance is an expert in the peer-to-peer funding sector operating from offices in Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Director Steve Grice said: “We are proud to be sponsoring this year’s event and providing the opportunity for it to be broadcast on national television.

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“We work with a large number of businesses across the UK and have seen a huge rise in the popularity of cycling.  “The Queen Victoria Cyclo-cross is a truly unique event which is very successful with both cyclists and spectators alike. We look forward to seeing it broadcast on the Bike Channel.”

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 event will start at 6pm and entry for spectators is priced at £3, payable at the gate. Children under 16 can enter free of charge and must be accompanied by an adult.

The town’s pub, chip shop and cafe will be open to provide refreshments on the evening.

Further information, including details on how to enter, visit




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