Shropshire Reliability Programme 2021
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)
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 https://twitter.com/shropshirecca 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.