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Join The Third Great Cycling Fund-Raiser for Arts Alive

by Holly Blades

Arts Alive, the organisation that brings top-quality theatre, dance, music, comedy and spoken word - plus Flicks in the Sticks - to community venues all over Shropshire and Herefordshire, is delighted to offer the fit and the not-so-fit another chance to get on their bikes for a ride through the beautiful Shropshire hills.  

All money raised helps to keep great shows and big screen films available at local community venues!

On Sunday 25th June, the third annual Tour d'Arts Alive Cycling Sportive will set off from Clun Memorial Hall. There are three routes: short, in-betweener and long, with length and climbs to suit all abilities. The serious rider will be usefully challenged, while the Sunday cyclist can enjoy quiet lanes through beautiful surroundings, in the company of like-minded and supportive companions.

There are small team prizes for any named group of five or more riders who start and finish together, plus the coveted team prize - a beautiful ceramic plate from top local craftsman, Owen Thorpe - for the biggest team to finish together.

The rides are all professionally organised and managed by RideVentures under British Cycling guidelines, with good signage and vehicle support if you get into difficulties. There are volunteer-run food stops along the way - great cakes! - and hot food and drinks on sale at Clun. In an exciting development, the event has been endorsed by Breeze, the British Cycling initiative to encourage more women to enjoy cycling alongside the blokes!

The Tour d'Arts Alive has grown over the last two years into a popular and distinctive cycling event. There is live music at the finish, a start /finish arch made of recycled bikes and surprise 'happenings' at the Bucknell feed stop! Entry to all routes is £20 (£21 online) and all profits go to support Arts Alive's programme of top professional performances in local community venues.

Full details of routes and how to enter at

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