Back in the saddle for Cotswold Tour d’Ilmington

Cyclists of all abilities are invited to sign up for this year’s Cotswold Tour d’Ilmington, organised by Shipston Rotary Club.

The popular event on July 3rd, will see fundraisers taking part in one of three rides across 10-, 30- or 100-mile courses, all starting and finishing from Newbold on Stour Village Hall.

Rotarians hope it raises even more than the £5,000 from last year’s event, which returned after an absence in 2020 due to Covid.

The 10-mile gentle Steve Edwards Family Fun Ride starts at 10am and visits Ilmington, where there is a refreshments station at the halfway point, before returning to Newbold.

The more challenging David Lockwood Hilly Ride starts at 10am and follows a 30-mile route around Ilmington and features over 2,500 ft of hard climbing.

And, for the longer distance riders, the 100k Classic Ride, at 8.30am, takes them through undulating Warwickshire and the Vale of Evesham countryside before returning back to Newbold.

Cotswold Tour d'Ilmington, Shipston Rotary Club

The event is once again being organised in partnership with Shipston Home Nursing, one of the charities set to benefit from the day’s proceeds.

Rotarian and Tour Veteran Bob Armstrong, said: “SHN is a highly respected Shipston/Stour Valley charity providing much needed end of life care in people’s own homes. They have become under increasing pressure as a result of Covid. Our partnership also includes supporting each other’s fundraising events like Rotary’s Tour and SHN’s 10k Run.

He added: “This is a unique event, which by having three different routes, caters for riders of all ages and levels of skill and experience. The routes are through glorious Warwickshire and Cotswold countryside.

“It is not competitive in as much as riders are not timed and it is essentially a fun event. This provides riders with the opportunity to support local Rotary charities and good causes or those of their own choosing.”

Registration costs between £18-£22 for adults and £6-£8 for juniors (aged 12-16) and can be completed on the day or online here