Cycle Rides For All this Sunday to Fradley Junction and back

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Join the free, family friendly Cycle Rides For All to Fradley Junction this Sunday, a 12 mile round trip.

From the Lichfield District Council website:

Everyone’s invited to get on their bike and join a cycle ride to Fradley Junction on Sunday 29 June 2014.

Following May’s Cycle Rides for All, which saw 23 people of all ages joining a 23-mile ride to Packington Moor Farm near Weeford, the partnership behind the series of monthly rides is once again inviting keen cyclists to get on their bike for June’s ride.

The fourth group cycle ride in the series is to Fradley Junction on Sunday 29 June. It is 12 miles there and back and has been awarded a level 2 for difficulty, which means it is suitable for all.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We’re always keen to encourage more people to get on their bikes and take part in this healthy and fun activity, and so are pleased to be working in partnership to support these monthly cycle rides. They are a great way for people to discover good cycle routes, meet new people, and have an enjoyable day out.”

To join in this free cycle ride, simply bring your bike to Freedom Cycles, in Lichfield Bus Station, at 10am on Sunday 29 June, where it will be given a safety check before the group sets off. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out more, or to check whether a ride is taking place if the weather is uncertain, please call Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or Karl Sproston at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308846.

The Cycle Ride for All 2014 programme is available from Freedom Cycles, Beacon Park’s Ranger Station and Lichfield District Council’s Frog Lane offices. Details of upcoming rides can also be found online at

Cycle Rides for All is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles, Bromford Living, North Lichfield Initiative and Lichfield City Council.

Cycle Rides for All upcoming rides

Fradley Junction (12 miles/level 2) – Sunday 29 June, meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
Lichfield taster ride (3.5 miles/level 1) – 27 July, meet at Beacon Park at 11am
Fisherwick Lakes (8.5 miles/level 2) – Sunday 24 August, meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
Fradley Junction (14 miles/level 3) – Sunday 28 September, meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am

The Big Vintage Ride in Birmingham

Following on from last weekends Lichfield Jolly, a few of us made the trip over to Birmingham to take part in The Big Vintage Ride, now in its fourth year. The first sight was this rather bizarre, potentially dynamo powered bike mounted rotisserie invention with BBQ rack.

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Even though Olly’s super sweet ride turned up, this was my favourite bike of the day, another beautifully worn and weathered frame with complimentary coloured tyres and magnificent handlebars.

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After a picnic, much chatting and admiring the disparate group of riders got together for a photo before a ramble up and down the hills of the Jewellery Quarter and central Birmingham.

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This pretty little roundabout is my favourite in Birmingham, i’ve cycled round it before on Critical Mass, bringing traffic to a standstill. More toots vicar.

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A good turnout of around 100 riders on a variety of rides. We took our family along but there weren’t many others.

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A stop outside The Woodman by Thinktank to regroup and cool off by the water jets. My kids were hot and bothered so this is as far as we got.

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The ride finished up at The Spotted Dog in Digbeth for food, drinks and music. Maybe next year if we can get a baby sitter. The kids couldn’t help themselves getting soaked.

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Events like this and the Jolly are great because they are fun, free and done by people because they want to have fun. It doesn’t take a huge amount of planning, no roads need to be closed and no dodgy sponsors are required to make them happen. More of it I say.

Extra photos can be found on the Lichfield Jolly Facebook page – happening again in 2015.

Olly’s Jolly ride

As requested, here are some photos courtesy of Simon of one of the most talked about bikes at yesterdays ride. Grown men were seen to dribble slightly at this skip rescue frame and amazing wheels. Thanks to Olly and pals for bringing it along.






Jolly good fun

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Thank you to all the people who came to the Lichfield Jolly this afternoon, a staggering 50 people in total. What a sight we must have been around the city centre streets, lots of photos from the ride are on a separate page here. A great, fun, free, family friendly event and one I think we should do again next year. The best thing i’ve been involved with for a long time and made all the more sweeter by doing it with a bunch of folks who were doing it just for the fun of it. Not a bad reason I think.

One week until The Lichfield Jolly

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The Lichfield Jolly, a fun, free community bike ride will be held next Sunday. Meeting at 3pm in Market Square for a 5 mile ride round the city centre streets, passing some of the little citys greatest hits – Lichfield Cathedral, St Chads Church, Darwin Walk & Beacon Park amongst others. The ride ends up on Prince Ruperts Mound, otherwise know as the beer garden of The George & Dragon pub off Beacon Street. There we will hopefully enjoy the sun with a post ride drink. Prizes will be given out for those who make the best effort for this vintage themed ride though all are welcome.

More details can be found on the facebook page for the event.

A social cycle ride > this Sunday to Sutton Park


Another in an occasional series of social rides takes place this Sunday from Lichfield to Sutton Park and back. Join us for the trip out via Wall, Shenstone, and Little Aston and then accross Sutton Park (watch out for the cows). There we will pause for a sandwich and a rest before we make our way back, probably by a different route. In total the ride will be up to 30 miles long at a steady social pace of about 10mph average. Or you could join us for the first leg (approx 13 miles) and get the train back from Sutton Coldfield train station? Meet at Speakers Corner, Dam Street in Lichfield at 10am for a prompt start.