Shropshire Reliability Programme 2023

Reliability rides are not races, but test of various cycling skills. Rides are run on time standards, so the fastest riders will aim for the shortest time standard, but the longest standard should be attainable by all club riders. You’ll have to navigate; the route is published with a cue sheet and (usually) GPX file. Routes are not marked, so navigation is part of the ride. The rides are also not supported, so no feed stations or broom wagons, but cafes are routed in. Please see the Ride Safe Page (Opens in New Window)

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These rides are a great way ride in a group that is more than just your fellow club mates

The reliability ride programme always signals the coming start of the racing season, with many riders out to test themselves after the winter social rides or putting their feet up over the colder months. Whilst the fast boys treat proceedings as a race there’s something for all abilities, with medium and steady-paced time limits in all events, with many offering a shorter option often around 30 miles. Some are flat and fast, some feature plenty of climbing – there’s a great deal of variety to enjoy and a challenge to suit all tastes. Many of the rides raise money for worthy charities through the £3-£5 entry fee. These most traditional of cycling events have been taking place almost since cycling began, with riders judged as ‘Reliable’ if they can navigate around a set course within a reasonable cut-off time limit by working together with other riders – and repair any mechanical issues along the way on their own.

Running from mid-January to late April the first event is imminent, taking place on 19th January with CC Bridgnorth RWG getting things underway. All routes will appear on the SCCA’s website with a downloadable link so you can follow your Garmin device if you prefer not to navigate via a traditional map, which will be available on the day. A few days before each event those links will also appear on SCCA Twitter at if you prefer to set up an alert instead. There’s still time and some free weeks available for other County clubs to get involved.   

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2023 Series Dates

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Event Date Club HQ Time(s) Long Short
1 22/01/2023 Bridgnorth CC Bridgnorth Football Club 9:30am Long Short
2 29/01/2023 Ludlow CC Ludlow Leisure Centre 9:15-9:45am Long Short
3 05/02/2023 Ludlow Brewery RT Ludlow Brewery 8:30am Long Short
4 12/02/2023 Paramount CRT Stan’s Cycles 9:30am Long Short
5 19/02/2023 Mid Shropshire Wheelers Sundorne Sports Village 9:30am Long Short
6 26/02/2023 Wrekinsport CC Wellington Cricket Club 9:30-9:45am Long Short
7 05/03/2023 SCCA/Newport Shropshire CC Newport Royal Navy Association, Bellmans Yard 9:30-9:45am Long Short
8 12/03/2023 Market Drayton CC Beacon Community Centre, Prospect Road 9:00-9:15am Long Short
9 26/03/2023 Nova Raiders New Inn, Newport 9:30am Long Short
10a 02/04/2023 Propel CC Bowring Park, Wellington 9:00am Long Short
10b 02/04/2023 Hafren CC Berriew Community Centre 9:30am Long Short
11 16/04/2023 Audlem CC Scout and Guide Hall, Audlem 9:15am Long Short Medium
12 23/04/2023 Oswestry Paragon CC Llanyblodwell Village Hall 10:00am Click Here –  

Provisional Extra Date – Mule CC 19 March 2023. Details to follow

Reliability Ride Routes and Time Trial Course can now be downloaded from our web site – click here