Shropshire Challenge Charity cycle ride

Cyclists are being urged to join the Shrosphire Challenge – a 30-mile charity bike ride that heads out from Shrewsbury to explore the countryside on Sunday June 15.

The annual event is being organised by Phil Roe, of bicycle retailer and repairer Urban Bikes, based in the town’s market hall, with the support of Cycle Shrewsbury.

The ride, led by experienced leaders, will start out from The Square and follow a route south of Shrewsbury, via Condover, using cycle paths and minor roads, to the picturesque hamlet of Kenley, where there will be a stop for a picnic lunch. Entry is a £5 donation to Shropshire Cat Rescue.

“This will be a medium-length ride that will take cyclists through some stunning countryside and villages,” said Mr Roe who has also introduced a Cycle Tour map of Shrewsbury.

The map has been designed in tandem with his newly launched bicycle hire service that enables tourists to explore the sights of Shrewsbury and the surrounding area on two wheels.

Mr Roe comes from a family of cycling enthusiasts. Both his father and grandfather were prominent members of early cycling clubs and his brother, Derek Roe, is a former national 100km time trial champion and the reigning Yorkshire over-60s 10-mile champion. Phil Roe took up competitive road racing himself, at the age of 13, and continued for over 20 years.

More details on the Shropshire Challenge are available at www.urbanbikesuk.co.uk or www.travelshropshire.co.uk. Maps of the route, available from Urban Bikes, will be provided. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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