Staffordshire cycling fans are in for a great weekend of sport on their doorstep, with the RideStaffs festival taking place in Shugbourough Park from Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July 2016
All the action of this year’s RideStaffs festival will take place in the estate’s idyllic grounds; marking a change from the Stafford town centre location of previous years. The move will offer spectators the chance to enjoy even more of the action, as organiser Paul Rowlands explains:
“It wasn’t possible to host the race in Stafford this year, but the move to Shugborough will be brilliant for spectators and competitors alike. Not only is there bags of space to relax and enjoy the weekend, but you’ll be able to get really close to the action of the Friday and Saturday evening pro races as the entire course will run within the bounds of Shugborough Park and Milford.
“We’ll also have big screens set up to show the Grand Depart and day two action of the Tour de France, and are in the process of running a crowdfunding scheme to get the two RideStaffs pro races streamed live to the big screen too. So spectators can relax and enjoy a whole weekend’s top sporting action, we’ve also got licensed bars and street food stands on site, offering ample refreshment.”
In terms of the RideStaffs races, at 8pm on Friday evening some big names in British cycling will battle it out around a 1.5km course during the RideStaffs Grand Prix. Presented by Specialized, the race is the second round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series and teams will be vying for glory in a GP whose previous winners include Olympic champion Ed Clancy. On Saturday at 7pm the RideStaffs Kermesse, presented by risual, will mark the opening round of the British Cycling Motorpoint Grand Prix Series. It will see some 120 of the country’s top elite cyclists compete around the now traditional circuit that takes in Shugborough and Milford multiple times, as the field is whittled down until only the very best remain.
Elsewhere over the weekend the bike riding public will get their chance to get in on the action, with free under-5s Strider balance bike races – with places still available – taking place on Saturday afternoon, whilst record numbers of cyclists of all ages have signed up participate in the event’s two Sportives on the Sunday.
RideStaffs 2016 takes place on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016 and entry is free of charge for spectators (£3 car parking charge by the Shugbourough Estate) – with a limited number of VIP hospitality tickets for the Friday evening GP for sale via https://ridestaffs-vip.eventbrite.co.uk . For full details and to plan your weekend, visit www.ridestaffs.co.uk