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FUCHS Silkolene Tour of the Potteries Returns for Second Year on Sunday 25th June 2017

by Holly Blades

The FUCHS Silkolene Tour of the Potteries sportive returns to Stoke-on-Trent for a second year on Sunday 25th June 2017. Following on from a successful first outing last year, the Tour of the Potteries sportive returns to Hanley in Stoke-on-Trent in June with revised routes in to the Peak District National Park.

Starting from the FUCHS Silkolene factory in Hanley, there will be two routes available as well as a family ride on traffic free routes around the area all in aid of local charity The Donna Louise Trust.

Following feedback from last year's event, the long route has been shortened to 64 miles (104kms) and the short to 27 miles (44kms) but don't underestimate the distances as they still contain a fair amount of climbing especially the long with 6427ft (1959m) of ascent. British motorcycle racer and accomplished cyclist Shane Byrne took part last year and was surprised just how difficult the long course was. Based on his and other entrants' feedback the organisers have reduced the distance but managed to keep the classic climbs and routes through impressive countryside.

Both routes take you quickly out of town into the countryside towards Cheddleton where they divide. The short route heads north via Longsdon to its feed stop at Horton and rejoins the long again. The revised long route meanwhile continues east from Cheddleton towards Leek then north to Thorncliffe and Longnor before the feed stop at the highest village in England at Flash.  

After this it's the climb past the iconic rock formation of the Roches and then the Staffordshire countryside opens up in front of you with Tittersworth Reservoir being the easily identifiable landmark in the distance. The descent off here brings you to the iconic climb of Gun Hill which is a Tour of Britain favourite before descending again back down to Ruston Spencer and Lask Edge to meet up with the short route again at Horton. At Horton both routes merge (and long route gets its second feed stop) before heading back to the finish in Hanley.

Both routes will be fully signposted, timed, have feed stops (two on the long and one on the short), mechanical back up on route and at the start finish and a broom wagon sweeping the course while all entrants receive a goody bag and finishers medal.

There will also be a free family ride on a virtually traffic free route close to the town named the Knotty after the old railway system of the Potteries, with two routes to help novices tackle their first event. 

All routes offer something for all abilities and a challenge to raise money for The Donna Louise charity.

For more information on the FUCHS Silkolene Tour of the Potteries sportive and to enter on-line please visit -