Three-day cycling race to replace Shrewsbury Grand Prix

This article is more than 2 years old. Please read this page keeping its age in mind.

A new three day cycling race through the Shropshire countryside is et to attract riders from across the UK.

Chris Pook of Estate Agents Cooper Green Pooks, who won the Men's Regional A Support at the Shrewsbury Grand Prix in 2017. Photo: Steven Oliver Photography
Chris Pook of Estate Agents Cooper Green Pooks, who won the Men’s Regional A Support at the Shrewsbury Grand Prix in 2017. Photo: Steven Oliver Photography

The event, called the Giro Del Mon, will replace the Shrewsbury Grand Prix for 2018, which has been organised for the past four years by Shropshire business men Ben Lawrence and Chris Pook.

It will take place from May 26-28 and includes a day at RAF Shawbury to help celebrate 100 years of the RAF with special permission granted to race on the closed airfield.

Organisers revealed they wanted to offer something different for riders but said the Shrewsbury Grand Prix could certainly return in the future.

The new race will continue to be hosted by the Shrewsbury based Rhino Velo Race Team, which is run by Chris Pook of Estate Agents Cooper Green Pooks and Ben Lawrence of Beaumont Lawrence Chartered Insurance Brokers.

Mr Lawrence said: “This year, we have organised a National B three day ‘stage race’ called the Giro Del Mon that takes in some of the finest scenery in the Shropshire Hills.

“We decided to hold the event over three days to encourage riders and spectators from afar to come to Shropshire and see what it has to offer. Many will stay in local B&Bs and hotels and will, of course, eat out so it also offers a boost to the local economy as well as introducing people to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.”

The race, supported by Pro Vision Custom Cycling Clothing, founded by former UK road race champion Steve Joughin, will consist of five stages in three days.

It is a national level event open to 20 teams of four riders each, with a maximum of 80 riders and a minimum age of 18-years-old.

Riders will race through Hope Valley, Westbury, Worthen, Shawbury Airfield and the Stiperstones area.

On the Saturday, riders will first tackle a Team Time Trial up Hope Valley (out of Minsterley) before taking on a road race in the Minsterley, Westbury and Worthen area in the afternoon.

On the Sunday, there will be an Individual Time Trial around the airfield at RAF Shawbury followed by a ‘Kermesse’, a punchy style of racing popular in Belgium which often features flat terrain and crosswinds, which are often found on an airfield. On Bank Holiday Monday, riders will take part in the final ‘Queen’ stage, which includes three ascents of the Stiperstones from Ratlinghope and finishes on the top near The Bog Café.

Mr Pook said: “The event will attract teams from all over the UK and aims to showcase some of the best roads that members of the Rhino Velo Race Team regularly train on.

“We are honoured that RAF Shawbury has allowed us to hold part of the race on the airfield, which will be a great experience for the riders to participate in the 100 year celebrations.”

Mr Lawrence said there will also be a two day support event open to third and fourth category male riders, juniors and also females that will run over the Saturday and Sunday. Entry is available on the British Cycling website.

He said: “We know riders will really enjoy taking part in this new race.

“We are extremely grateful for the brilliant support we have received over the past four years from a small number of high quality sponsors, without whom there would have been no Shrewsbury Grand Prix.

“The likes of Hatchers Solicitors, Dyke Yaxley Accountants, Flex IT, Cooper Green Pooks Estate Agents, Beaumont Lawrence Insurance Brokers, Stan’s Cycles Trek Concept Store, Salop Leisure, Sentient Digital, Hatfield Jaguar Land Rover & Pure Telecom have all been particularly supportive over the years and many have been involved since the first edition.

“We have also had the help of a superb team, who have delivered a safe, high quality event that has drawn big crowds to Shrewsbury and generated a brilliant buzz for both riders and spectators alike.

“This isn’t the end of that story but as biking enthusiasts and race organisers, we just wanted to try something different.

“Many of the riders in Rhino Velo Race Team, the team we run, have a big passion for stage racing, which we are keen to support too.”

To enter the Giro Del Mon, visit www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/172665/Giro-Del-Mon

Supporting Shropshire Live...
Shropshire Live
Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to interact@shropshirelive.com or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817.
- Advertising -

Shrewsbury Flooding: Severe warning in place, roads closed

The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for the River Severn at Shrewsbury, with a number of roads in and around the town closed.
Flood defences along the Wharfage in Ironbridge. Photo: Telford & Wrekin Council

Ironbridge Flooding: Residents and businesses braced for more disruption

Residents and businesses in Ironbridge and Jackfield are braced for more disruption as the River Severn rises with a peak of 6.4m to 6.8m expected on Tuesday.
The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Shrewsbury

Shropshire Flooding: Severe flood warning issued for Shrewsbury

The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Shrewsbury. The Severn may reach 5.2m, the highest since 2000.

Defeat for Telford Tigers against Hull Pirates

Hexagon Telford Tigers lost to Hull Pirates 7-5 on Sunday evening.
Jason Silverthorn heads to the bench after scoring for the Tigers. Photo: Steve Brodie

Tigers back to winning ways with crucial victory

Hexagon Telford Tigers travelled to Swindon on Saturday night for a top of the table clash with second placed Swindon Wildcats.

Match Report: Shrewsbury Town 1 – 0 Doncaster Rovers

Shrewsbury Town finally end their woeful league form as Dave Edwards nets the only goal of the game against Doncaster Rovers.
- Advertising -
Emma Chapman, Marches Growth Hub Shropshire manager

Catch the Business Bus for expert EU Exit advice

Two of Shropshire’s leading business support organisations have joined forces to launch a new mobile meeting bus bringing expert advice to all parts of the county.
Amna Fiaz – Level 3 business administration apprentice at Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Telford

Amna takes her first steps on the career ladder

A Shropshire law firm has taken on a new apprentice and given her the opportunity to take her first steps on the career ladder.
Jan Lycett and David Wells

New appointments for Wrekin Executive Team

The Wrekin Housing Group have made a double appointment welcoming Jan Lycett and David Wells to their executive team.
Boyzone’s Shane Lynch

VIPs help put the wheels in motion for Bike4Life

Sunday 26 April sees the return of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s annual Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival event.
Mike Coppock and Sue Turner

New local music charity receives its first donation

A new Oswestry-based local music charity has been grateful to receive its first donation of musical instruments.
Severn Hospice eBay store worker Lis Evans

Severn Hospice launches eBay shop

Bargain hunters can shop and support families without leaving their home after a charity’s eBay store opened to the world.
- Advertising -

Tickets go on sale for Telford panto

Following another record-breaking season, tickets have gone on sale for this year's pantomime at The Place in Telford.
Shrek the Musical was performed by Get Your Wigle On at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn

Review: Shrek the Musical at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn

Local musical theatre company Get Your Wigle On last week pulled out all the stops to bring Shrek the Musical to Theatre Severn.
Shropshire Kids Festival returns to the Telford International Centre in April

Shropshire Kids Festival returns to Telford International Centre

Shropshire Kids Festival is back at the Telford International Centre on the 10th and 11th April 2020.
Emma Williams

New healthy take-away business added to Frestival line-up

A Shropshire woman, who launched her own healthy-eating take-away business, has been announced as the latest chef to take part in a county festival.
Adam Purnell, known as the Shropshire Lad will be demonstrating his unique cooking skills at Frestival in May. Photo: Jamie Ricketts

Star of Channel 4 show to headline Shropshire festival

The star of Channel 4 cookery programme Crazy Delicious will be headlining at a Shropshire festival specialising in free-from foods and those suffering with allergies.
Phil is a chef, presenter and cookery book author

Phil Vickery to headline Shrewsbury Flower Show’s culinary stage

Phil Vickery, one of the nation’s favourite TV chefs, has been unveiled as the headline attraction for Shrewsbury Flower Show’s culinary stage this year.
- Advertisment -

Weather

Shropshire
heavy intensity rain
5.8 ° C
8.9 °
3.3 °
100 %
3.1kmh
100 %
Mon
12 °
Tue
6 °
Wed
5 °
Thu
10 °
Fri
6 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -