University Challenger - Strong Plus

Sunday 31st March 2013 at 9.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Munrow Sports Centre, University of Birmingham Edgbaston B15 2TT
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
3 hours 10 mins  (2 hours 30 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Road 
Suitable for Child Trailers
No 
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders

Birmingham

What other riders think of this route

Sky Ride Local in Birmingham

You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to know your way around a bike and be fairly fit to take part in our Challenging rides. If you’re comfortable riding with other people and fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you. They start at around twenty miles long, and are paced at between 11 and 12 miles an hour.

Challenging rides on the road for adults onlyIf you've been riding a road bike for a while, and perhaps been thinking about joining a cycling club, these rides – brand new for 2012 – are for you. The prospect of a speedy pace over twenty to fifty miles, and the strong likelihood of some hills thrown in along the way, means our Ride Strong Plus rides are not for the faint-hearted.

Come and join us on this challenging, hilly route, with almost 400 metres (1300 feet) of climbing. We escape the City limits quickly and head out into the accessible, beautiful countryside that makes Birmingham such a great place to live. We takle the Waseley Hills, head through Catshill, push on straight over the Lickey Hills and pass through Barnt Green. What a ride, come on let go for it!

If you've already tried one of our Ride Strong Plus rides and you're ready for the next challenge, why not try a British Cycling Sportive?

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
Please make sure your bike is in good working order and bring equipment with you to repair punctures, Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait. 

Car Parking
Yes, at Residential roads near the start and at the start if space available
Nearest Train Station
Edgbaston  
Changing Facilities Available?
Yes, at At the start with the permission of the centre staff  
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at At the start with the permission of the centre staff  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Gareth Somers
    Gareth Somers Hello 'Sky Riders'
    I came back to cycling several years ago starting with an eight mile Sunday morning ride. This was to get fit for my first thirty two mile charity ride. Then I truly got the cycling bug, and joined the Skyride Team in 2013. I love the enjoyment people get, both young and old, from getting out on their bikes and exploring the countryside. I hope you enjoy your 2016 Skyride as much as the ride leaders do. We are all looking forward to seeing and spreading the word of how much fun cycling can be. Lets hope the sun shines this summer on our Sky Rides in 2016.
    Ride safe, Gareth
  • Jon Clements
    Jon Clements My third year as a Ride Leader now and I've even planned some of the routes after completing the Route Planner course. I'm a keen cyclist and runner, and have taken my bike over the Fred Whitton course, as well as over the French Alps. I'm always impressed by the enthusiasm of the cyclists on the SkyRides and look forward to meeting more.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Mir Zaman Thursday 24th July
  • Mir Zaman Thursday 24th July
  • andrew cowan Monday 21st July
  • andrew cowan Monday 21st July

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