29th Feb, 2020

Rallying call for riders to saddle up for Droitwich's Salt Sportive cycle race

Tristan Harris 13th Feb, 2020 Updated: 14th Feb, 2020

A COUPLE from Droitwich who own an online bike shop are hoping to put the town on the cycling map when they hold their second ‘Salt Sportive’ on May 3.

Rachel Stevens and husband Lloyd, who run Qwerty Cycles, organised the inaugural event last year through British Cycling, raising £3,500 for Chawson First School where their daughter Chloe attends.

They were only expecting 100 riders but 250 lined up to take on the 50km or 100km course.

The event starts and finishes at Chawson School with riders setting off from 9.30am.

The courses take riders through the picturesque Worcestershire countryside with a feeding station at Chaddesley Corbett where riders can take on some sustenance.

At Belbroughton it splits with riders on the 50km course going through Dodford, Elmbridge and Upton Warren while the 100km riders go over the Clent Hills and out towards Bentley and Redditch.

Entry is £15 for the 50km and £20 for the 100km with proceeds going to the school.

Rachel said it was a very family-friendly event which was suitable for all ages – last year’s entrants ranged from teenagers to some in their 80s.

She also thanked local businesses which had sponsored the event, including Nicol and Co estate agents and EML team building events.

And Rachel added she would love to hear from people who would like to volunteer on the day with marshalling and other roles.

Go to the ‘Salt Sportive 2020’ Facebook page or visit britishcycling.org.uk for more on the event and to contact Rachel about volunteering.

Rachel joined us on this week’s Standard Podcast to talk about the Salt Sportive.

Click below to listen.

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