The ELY 100 Challenge Bike Ride is back for 2018 and this year it's going to be our biggest and best yet.
The event will be held on Sunday 1st July so not long to wait!
This year we're running 4 different routes up to 100 miles PLUS a family route.
The routes will all be waymarked so no-one will get lost, with back up vehicles just in case anyone needs any assistance. All levels of cyclists are welcome.
This year we're running a 25mile, 50mile, 70mile and 100mile route, plus a 10mile family route.
25 Mile Route
The 25 mile Challenge heads North out of Hereford, a reasonably flat route for the first 10 miles to Bodenham village and the first water station before starting the climb towards Pencombe. A fairly long steady climb but the views from the top towards Hay Bluff are your reward before starting your descent back down past Lower Hope Farm and the A417 . The route back to Hereford passes by Tyrells Vodka, (a little early to take an aperitif, maybe later) Withington , Sutton St. Nicholas and back to Hereford via Munstone. The route back to Hereford is again reasonably flat with a few short climbs and descents.
The 25mile (27 miles) route taken at a steady pace is easily manageable for cyclists of limited abilities, if you have to walk part way up the hill towards Pencombe, no worries as the rest of the ride will be ok.
50 Mile Route
The 50 mile Challenge after replenishing water bottles and taking a snack on board the route travels West out of Hereford on a reasonably quiet country road via Burghill and Tillington and on to the A4110. The village of Canon Pyon is reached after a few miles where a left turn onto a quiet country lane takes you through King’s Pyon and onto the scenic Black & White village of Weobley where another water and feed station is situated. From Weobley the route heads along a quiet undulating Broad towards the A480 which is one of the quietest main roads in Herefordshire. Again it is undulating and travels past the villages of Mansel Lacy and Credenhill with views across to Hay Bluff and The Brecons on the right before heading back to Hereford.
The 50 mile route will obviously be a bit more challenging but again taken at a steady pace is well achievable by any cyclist with a reasonable fitness level.
70 Mile Route
The 70 mile Challenge leaves Weobley and heads along the undulating A4112 towards Leominster for several miles before turning left onto the A44 and heading off towards the black and white village of Pembridge. A left turn in Pembridge onto a quiet country lane takes you towards the hamlet of Broxwood but before reaching Broxwood the route heads off North towards the A44. At the junction with the A44 a right followed quickly by a left turn takes you back onto a quiet lane followed by a left turn after a half mile onto Rhyse Lane which leads you back onto the A44 at “Windy Corner”. Crossing the A44 takes you onto the Black and White village of Lyonshall and the A480. After a steady climb out of the village and a nice descent a left turn leads you to the hamlet of Broxwood and a quiet lane back to the A4112 and Weobley where water and snacks will be available before heading on towards Hereford.
100 mile route
The 100 mile Challenge turns off the A44 a few miles before Pembridge and takes you through the pretty Black and White village of Eardisland onto the A4110 then along a quiet road into the Black and White village of Kingsland. From here the route takes you along quiet lanes onto the B4361 and on to the village of Luston where a left turn exiting the village takes you onto another quiet lane to Lucton. At Lucton a left turn onto the B4362 and another left onto the A4110 will take you to another water and feed station at Luctonians Rugby Club. From here a right turn onto a quiet lane leads to the village of Shobdon and the B4362 which takes you on to Presteigne and our only venture into Wales albeit for a very short time. A quiet Broad followed by quiet country lanes takes us onto the Black and White village of Pembridge where we join the 70 mile Challenge route.
The 70 mile and 100 mile Challenges are obviously aimed at the more experienced cyclists with a greater fitness level but for those of you who wish to take on a 100 mile distance for the first time this route has been developed for you as the amount of elevation has deliberately been kept to a minimum without spoiling a scenic ride through some beautiful North Herefordshire countryside.
10 mile family Route
The 10 mile family route will mainly use cycle paths around the city including the Sustrans supported Greenway route over the new bridge at Waterworks Lane. It will be an escorted ride by experienced cyclists to ensure the ride is safe and enjoyed by all.
How much does it cost?
The price varies per route. Entry prices are as follows:
- 25 mile - £15
- 50 mile - £20
- 70 mile - £25
- 100 mile - £30
- Family Ride - Adults £5, U16’s Free
- HQ facilities and parking (at Hereford City Sports Club, Grandstand Road)
- Mechancial support
- Pick up wagons
- Full route marking
- Medical support
- Water stops
- 70m & 100m water & snacks
- Goody bag
- BBQ and refreshments for sale at the finish
- Photography by Paul Ligus.