The Lapierre Tour of the Black Country 2017

Cycle Sportive , Wolverhampton – Sunday, 23 Apr 2017

Event Summary

Event Overview

The Lapierre Tour of the Black Country sportive is 160 km long and takes in 30km of cobbled roads, stony farm tracks and bridleways in the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. Modelled on the epic European Classic ‘Paris-Roubaix’, it includes 19 unpaved sectors, varying in length from 600m to 3800m, all of which are passable on a standard road bike. Each sector is rated according to difficulty; one star being the most straightforward, five stars being the most difficult. The roads are virtually traffic-free, despite being located close to Birmingham, and the majority of the unpaved sectors are closed to all traffic. The route finishes, as does Paris-Roubaix, on a large outdoor velodrome, at Aldersley Stadium on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. 

High-speed sign-on, HIGH5 feed station, mobile mechanics, broom wagon, medical support vehicles. The Tour of the Black Country will be held on Sunday 23 April 2017, starting at 0730. Entries, priced at £30. 

Event Details

Event URN:

402069

Start Date:

Sun, 23rd Apr 2017

Event Type:

Cycle Sportive (Non-Competitive)

Venue:

Aldersley Leisure Village, Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 9NW
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Event Website:

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Event Organiser:

Francis Longworth
info@cycleclassics.co.uk

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About the Event

Info for Riders

The Tour of the Black Country is 160km long and takes in 30km of cobbled roads, stony farm tracks and bridleways in the West Midlands and Worcestershire. Modelled on the epic European Classic ‘Paris-Roubaix’, it includes 20 unpaved sectors, varying in length from 600m to 3900m (all of which are passable on a standard road bike) and finishes, as does Paris-Roubaix on a large outdoor velodrome at Aldersley on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. The Tour of the Black Country would normally be graded '3', based on the distance and the amount of climbing but given the difficulty of some of the unpaved sectors, a rating of '5' is more realistic. As with any unpaved roads, there is a slightly increased risk of punctures, but mobile mechanics will be on-hand to sort out any technical problems. A broom wagon will also be provided. HIGH5 feed station. Indoor changing rooms, showers and plentiful car parking are available at the venue.

The Rides

100 km Route Ride
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 23/04/17 07:30 100km / 62 miles ---
Sun 23/04/17 – 07:30
100km / 62 miles
100 Mile Route Ride
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 23/04/17 07:30 06 hr / 160km / 99 miles 1000
Sun 23/04/17 – 07:30
Est. Field Size: 1000
06 hr / 160km / 99 miles

Event Summary

Event Overview

The Lapierre Tour of the Black Country sportive is 160 km long and takes in 30km of cobbled roads, stony farm tracks and bridleways in the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. Modelled on the epic European Classic ‘Paris-Roubaix’, it includes 19 unpaved sectors, varying in length from 600m to 3800m, all of which are passable on a standard road bike. Each sector is rated according to difficulty; one star being the most straightforward, five stars being the most difficult. The roads are virtually traffic-free, despite being located close to Birmingham, and the majority of the unpaved sectors are closed to all traffic. The route finishes, as does Paris-Roubaix, on a large outdoor velodrome, at Aldersley Stadium on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. 

High-speed sign-on, HIGH5 feed station, mobile mechanics, broom wagon, medical support vehicles. The Tour of the Black Country will be held on Sunday 23 April 2017, starting at 0730. Entries, priced at £30. 

Event Details

Event URN:

402069

Start Date:

Sun, 23rd Apr 2017

Event Type:

Cycle Sportive (Non-Competitive)

Venue:

Aldersley Leisure Village, Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 9NW
View map

Event Website:

Visit Website

Event Organiser:

Francis Longworth
info@cycleclassics.co.uk

Other Events:

View other events promoted by this organiser

Cheques payable to:

enter online via British Cycling

About the Event

Info for Riders

The Tour of the Black Country is 160km long and takes in 30km of cobbled roads, stony farm tracks and bridleways in the West Midlands and Worcestershire. Modelled on the epic European Classic ‘Paris-Roubaix’, it includes 20 unpaved sectors, varying in length from 600m to 3900m (all of which are passable on a standard road bike) and finishes, as does Paris-Roubaix on a large outdoor velodrome at Aldersley on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. The Tour of the Black Country would normally be graded '3', based on the distance and the amount of climbing but given the difficulty of some of the unpaved sectors, a rating of '5' is more realistic. As with any unpaved roads, there is a slightly increased risk of punctures, but mobile mechanics will be on-hand to sort out any technical problems. A broom wagon will also be provided. HIGH5 feed station. Indoor changing rooms, showers and plentiful car parking are available at the venue.

The Rides

100 km Route Ride
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 23/04/17 07:30 100km / 62 miles ---
Sun 23/04/17 – 07:30
100km / 62 miles
100 Mile Route Ride
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 23/04/17 07:30 06 hr / 160km / 99 miles 1000
Sun 23/04/17 – 07:30
Est. Field Size: 1000
06 hr / 160km / 99 miles

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