Update! There is now a 2020 version of this post.
I’ve compiled a list of local club 2019 reliability rides for the West Midlands area. Dates and routes are to the best of my knowledge and research but I accept no liability (and so on and so on) for you turning up and it’s not on!
What’s a Reliability Ride?
The reliability ride is pretty much the older, more traditional brother of the modern-day sportive event. Traditionally they were run to test riders legs after a winter off or reduced training due to the elements. Thereby kicking off the season with a testing route, a rider would find themselves getting back into something like their usual fitness.
Due to the unsupported nature of the rides, riders might also end up taking the chance to do some mechanics by the roadside. For a review of a previous reliability ride I’ve done – here’s one from the Stratford Cycling Club ride.
These days they’re a bit of a fundraiser for clubs and act as a nice warm-up to a season full of races and sportives. People can come from a wide area to a club’s reliability ride in order to ride somewhere new in the Spring. They attract more experienced riders than sportives, mainly due to their still unsupported nature. Riders have to find their own way around the pre-set route and make it back to the finish – cake is usually the reward.
West Midlands Reliability Rides 2019
This table will be updated regularly as I find events. The list of clubs without dates are clubs I expect to be running an event but have not found any details for yet.
If you wish your event to be added, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
|06/01/2019||VC Sevale||Welland Village Hall|
|20/01/2019||CC Bridgnorth RWG||Bridgnorth Rugby Club|
|27/01/2019||Ludlow CC||Ludlow Leisure Centre|
|27/01/2019||Worcester St Johns||Worcester Auto Club, Perdiswell|
|2nd or 3rd/02/2019||Wyre Forest CC|
|03/02/2019||Market Drayton CC||The Festival Centre, Frogmore Road|
|03/02/2019||Ludlow Brewery RT||Ludlow Brewery|
|10/02/2019||Stratford CC||Home Guard Club, Stratford upon Avon||Here|
|10/02/2019||Bridgnorth CC||Bridgnorth FC, WV16 4HS|
|10/02/2019||Stourbridge CC||Swindon Community Centre||Here|
|10/02/2019||Ride Staffs/Mammoth Cycles||Mammoth Cycles, Milford, Staffs||Here|
|17/02/2019||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||Sundorne Sports Village|
|17/02/2019||Redditch Road and Path CC||Mettis Aerospace Sports & Social Club, Redditch|
|17/02/2019||Wolverhampton Wheelers (1)||Wolverhampton|
|17/02/2019||Malvern Cycle Sport||Welland Village Hall|
|24/02/2019||Wolverhampton Wheelers (2)||Wolverhampton|
|24/02/2019||Wrekinsport CC||Wellington Cricket Club|
|24/02/2019||VC Long Eaton||Warren Lane, Sawley||Here|
|24/02/2019||Solihull CC||Blue Bell Pub, Earlswood|
|24/02/2018||Royal Sutton Coldfield||Town Gate, Sutton Coldfield|
|03/03/2019||Newport Shropshire CC||The Pheasant, Newport|
|03/03/2019||Bromsgrove Olympic||Scout Hut, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove|
|03/03/2019||Tamworth RM CCC||Dorcas Centre, Blackwood Road|
|03/03/2019||Echelon Cycles||Echelon Cycles, Pershore|
|10/03/2019||Paramount CRT||Stan's Cycles, Shrewsbury|
|10/03/2019||Banbury Star||Woodgreen Leisure Centre|
|10/03/2019||Stafford RC||Stafford Rugby Club|
|17/03/2019||Nova Raiders||New Inn, Newport|
|17/03/2019||Wolverhampton RCC||Pattingham Village Hall||GPX|
|17/03/2019||Bolsover & District (Bolsover Jester)||The Oxcroft Centre, Stanfree, Chesterfield|
|24/03/2019||Marches CC||Oswestry Leisure Centre|
|24/03/2019||North Cotswolds||Cotswolds Cycles, Moreton in Marsh||Here|
|07/04/2019||Hafren CC||Berriew Community Centre|
|14/04/2019||Audlem CC||Audlem Scout and Guide Hall, Audlem|
|14/04/2019||CC Bridgnorth||Bridgnorth Rugby Club, Brandon Lane|
|28/04/2019||Oswestry Paragon CC||Llanyblodwell Village Hall|
|TBC||CC Giro||Hub Cafe, Rosliston|
|TBC||Evesham & District Wheelers|