Staffordshire, the cycling county

Cycling seems to be the craze at the moment in Staffordshire. Only last week we welcomed the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain to the county when some of best female cyclists in the world raced through the Staffordshire Moorlands.  And a week before that the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon featured a 56 mile cycling leg across Cannock Chase. Now, on the weekend of the 1st July, it’s the turn of the top male cyclists in the country to take to the stage.

The RideStaffs, formerly the Staffordshire Cycling Festival, returns to the wonderful Shugborough Estate for its sixth year.  Kicking off the festival on Friday evening is the men’s top pro’s racing around a 1.5km circuit. Saturday, it’s a chance for the kids to have a go in the Strider balance bike time trial races. Later that evening, it’s the pros in action again with 120 of the country’s top elite riders taking part in the opening round of the British Cycling Motorpoint Grand Prix Series.

Then Sunday is a chance for all of Staffordshire’s cycling enthusiasts to get involved with a 22-mile and 68- mile sportive open to the general public.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Staffordshire is the perfect county for cycling whether you’re a professional, amateur or a real beginner just looking to enjoy the countryside.  And, remember that maps for all our districts showing both traffic free and quieter routes are available from local libraries or at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport and clicking ‘cycling and walking’.

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