Tour of Britain Heritage Ride
Stage 7 - 9th September 2017
Fellow Enthusiasts .
The ‘Tour of Britain’ is visiting the beautiful Cotswolds in September. Cotswolds Tourism believes this is a fantastic opportunity to show the rest of the world what the Cotswolds has to offer and promote cycling at the same time; the emphasis being on the traditional bicycle & leisure cyclist enjoying the rural countryside.
Great British Bike Build GBBB and the Tyndale Cycling Club were approached by Cotswolds Tourism to organise a ‘traditional’ bicycle ride that will visit Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and finish in Bourton-on-the-Water about an hour ahead of the main race. The idea being also to provide a little entertainment to spectators lining the route at key locations.
Riders will be using the most elegant of traditional / vintage style bicycles; many manufactured locally in Stratford Upon Avon by Pashley Cycles. Other purists may choose to ride authentic classic or indeed vintage bicycles. It is expected that riders will be attired to an equally high standard, pretty frocks, traditional wool and Tweed will all be in abundance.
Those of you who are perhaps not endowed with the strength or indeed will to ride the full 14 miles can join the event at the half way point, Stow-on-the-Wold, thus will give you the oportunity to look around the pretty Cotswold Town: Why not enjoy a little light refreshment accompanied by the ‘Basket Brigade’, ladies who all ride bicycles adorned with wicker baskets and ‘ding dong’ bells, prior to joining the ride. The second half of the ride being shall we say less strenuous and more akin to a Picnic ride.
The experienced riders will depart from Moreton-in-Marsh, following the A44 turning right onto the Evenlode Road.
Traveling through Evenlode, Broadwell and then a little test for the legs as we will climb into Stow-on-the Wold . This long climb will get the heart rate up so it's a good time to remember such pain is temporary whilst pride is forever!
Once we are in Stow we will meet up with the Basket Brigade, then travel along the B4068 to the lovely village of Lower Swell, before taking a left to Lower Slaughter; this being one of my favourite Cotswold villages.
Nearing the end of our adventure now at the junction near Springhill Barn we take a left into Bourton on the Water. Here you will be able to take well earned light refreshment at the Great British Bike Build marquee prior to and after watching the riders compete for points in the Sprint competition and the coveted ‘Green Jersey’ as previously won by Mark Cavendish.
Should you wish to join us on this most magnificent jolly please email us with your contact details and a brief description of your bicycle. http://www.greatbritishbikebuild.co.uk/feedback.asp
£10.00 per Rider Administration Fee - Payment options:
Cheques payable to Great British Bike Build