We’re incredibly excited about the long-awaited return of our Carvers’ Round the Wrekin sportive, after a two year absence from our fundraising calendar.
As the weather starts to improve and the first signs of Spring are beginning to emerge, we’re sure that our registered participants are looking forward to getting out there in the sunshine to take in those stunning views of the Shropshire countryside while also raising funds for us.
To celebrate our sportive’s return, we thought we’d answer some questions about the day, share some memories from previous events, and give a little bit of an insight into the routes for 2022. So let’s go! 🚴
“Round the Wrekin came about in 2016 during a drink and a chat with friends who own a push bike shop and my husband who’s an obsessive cyclist. The rest, as they say, is history. Every year has been a privilege to be involved in organising the event and I’ve been lucky enough to got to know Hugh Porter who’s been a massive support to myself and in making the event a great success. Whilst I’m no longer a key organiser of the event, I still get great pleasure from seeing people take part in a sport they really enjoy whilst raising money for a great cause.” – Lisa Bockhoefer
What is a sportive?
Put simply, a sportive is a big bike ride for lots of cyclists. They set off in groups of 20, and after that can go at their own pace around the set route.
Did you know?
During Round the Wrekin, we put out over 250 route arrows for the cyclists to find their way around! ➡️
Why should you do a sportive?
Besides being a great way to raise money for charity, a sportive can also be a real personal achievement – to cycle one of the Round the Wrekin distances (25, 60 or 100 mile options) can be a huge goal to aim for – and we can’t wait to celebrate that achievement with a well-deserved medal at the finish line!
Who designs the cycle routes for Round the Wrekin?
Local cyclist Andy Dawson plans the routes for us. Andy has run over 25 sportive events and rides each mile of every route to make sure it’s suitable for participants. He has ridden in many European sportives, and runs a blog all about cycling the hills of Shropshire, which can be found here.
Here’s what Andy has to say about each of the three Round the Wrekin routes!
What’s the 100 mile Carvers’ Epic route like?
“It’s going to be a big day out in Shropshire hills, with a tough climb of the Burway in Church Stretton, and another challenge with getting over the Wrekin too. It’s intended for the well trained, experienced cyclist.”
What about the 60 mile Compton Care Classic route?
“The classic route is going to be easier than previous years, with one big climb – the Wrekin – for reasonably fit cyclists.”
And finally – what about the 25 mile Hugh Porter Challenge route?
“This one is intended for all types of cyclists – it’s an easy ride through quiet lanes, especially designed with former World Champion and local legend, Hugh Porter MBE.
Here’s a selection of previous Round the Wrekin photos – see if you spot yourself or a friend!
To sign up for Carvers Round the Wrekin 2022, please click here
Online registrations for all routes will close at midnight on Tuesday 17th May.
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