Stafford Road Club – Chris Hopkins Reliability Rides 2024 – 10th March

Stafford Road Club is to host is annual reliability Ride and we hope you can come and join use.

Event Info:

Come and test yourself on one of two routes north east of Stafford.  This event is open to everyone on any style of bicycle.

You have a choice of two routes, a 30 miler which follows some flat and rolling lanes up and around Blithfield reservoir, and a more challenging 49 mile route that takes riders over some short but steep little climbs.

Sign on from 8.40am till 9:15 and then head out with your friends or tag along with other groups to take on this challenge ride.


Start/Finish – Wildwood Community Centre ST17 4RA MAP  use aerial image to see clearly entrance off Winchester Ct

There is parking on site or next door in the council car park next to The Wildwood Sizzling pub.

Cost  £5/rider (adults) with tea coffee and a cake waiting for riders when they sign back in after their ride.

30 mile route

A steady 10 mile start before the lumpy stuff begins and then nothing too steep until 18 miles into the ride then a short steep climb past the reservoir toward Dapple Heath.  Then there are a couple more less aggressive climbs back into Hixon then its flat roads all the way back to the Community centre were tea and cakes will be waiting.

Please follow the Strava link to download the GPX file to navigate the route.  30mile route map Strava 

49 Mile Route

Riders head out over Cannock Chase and Style Cop taking on climbs used in the Tour of Britain, then the route takes you along long steadier climb up toward Marchington. You then travel West to take on the steep climb out of Kingston village back toward Hixon then flat roads back to the HQ for tea and cake 🙂

Please follow the Strava link to download the GPX file to navigate the route.  49 mile route Strava

Note to riders:
Please note that this Reliability Ride is not a race and is run as an annual test of endurance for cycling enthusiasts.

All participants must adhere to the Highway Code at all times and show due respect for other road users.

Please ensure you sign back in so the event organisers know all riders have returned safely, or text 07955 032 010 if you do not return to Wildwood Community Centre.

Please ensure you are familiar with the route before you set off and download the map to your bike computer, there will be no signage on the course and riders will be expected to navigate the routes independently.

Please ensure your bike is in good working order and you have appropriate bike spares, clothing, food and water with you.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable group ride.

This event is not formally timed and it is up to riders to make a note of their own start and finish time, if they wish to do so.

Stafford RC 2022-23 winter training classes lead by @AlastairSempleCoaching

Starting on the 19th October 2022 on a Wednesday evening at 18:30 I will be hosting classes for Stafford Road Club members and any of our cycling friends who may wish to join us.

The training classes will be organised on Zwift (Zwift VR cycling app ) as a group ride where all the riders will stay together and follow the same training schedule based on your own personal levels, so we ride and complete the sessions together as a team.

To make things more sociable we will also use the free Discord phone app so we can use this to talk to each other while riding.

These Zwift group rides we have run this year have proved really successful and the software is very simple to get to grips with.  So please let me know if you are interested in taking part by emailing me at  You are welcome to join the classes at any point this winter so do not worry if you miss the start on 19th Nov.  If you need any more info again please get in touch.

Girls in the Saddle

We had a great turn out Saturday with 31 women attending our women’s specific cycling day which covered a wide range of cycling subjects from equipment to nutrition and training for key events.

The event was well received by all who attended and it was great to see the interest and discussions the presentations generated and the enthusiasm by many of the women to develop their cycling further still. Following the event several of those who attended enjoyed rides led by Wendy on-road and Veronica off-road.

As a summary of cycling events discussed today here is a list of rides and contact details

Veronica (Swinnerton Cycles) leads women specific mountain bike rides every fortnight on a Saturday morning on Cannock Chase, call Swinnerton Cycles on 01889 575 170 for more details WebLINK

Breeze Rides are women specific rides designed to suit all abilities both on and off road. Follow this LINK to their website where you can add your post code and see what’s on in your area.

Skyrides are mixed rides designed to suit all abilities both on and off road. Follow this LINK to their website where you can add your post code and see what’s on in your area.

Louise Day from British Cycling provides cycling coaching and she can be contacted via and will provide details of any up and coming events.

Lynne Biddulph works at Bridgetown cycles and is happy to give advice on cycling equipment and they can provide a bike fit service. Contact Lynne LINK

Then there are dozens of rides each week organized by Stafford RC. Perhaps the best for new comers being either the Saturday morning or afternoon rides or Monday evening. We also host dozens of time trial events that are open to all and include some short 5 mile courses which are very popular.