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The V-Sprint 'Tour of the Black Country'

04/05/2014 - Wolverhampton - Sportive

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Tour of the Black Country, a 100km-long sportive which takes in 20km 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 15 unpaved sectors, varying in length from 300m to 1800m, 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.

The Tour of the Black Country is supported and promoted by V-Sprint Racing, a club based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, which was set up by Jim Varnish, former cycle speedway World Champion. His daughter Jessica Varnish, the 2012 Olympian and two-time World Record Holder also rides for the club and will ride the Tour of the Black Country on 4 May. Local resident and four-time World Champion and Tour de France rider Hugh Porter (the BBC's 'Voice of Cycling') is going to drop the flag to start the event (very fitting since the start is on Hugh Porter Way), and Wolverhampton professional Andy Tennant (former Team Pursuit World Champion) is currently down to ride.

The Tour of the Black Country will be held on Sunday 4 May 2014. Entries are priced at £25.

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Aldersley Stadium
Address Line 2 Aldersley Road
Town Wolverhampton
County West Midlands
Postcode WV6 9NW
Organiser Details
Name V-Sprint
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County West Midlands
Postcode WV6 9NW

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