Shipston Cycling Club Teams ready to go for gold at GSR 2019!

Monday 08 July 2019

Shipston Cycling Club (SCC) will be flying their red and white colours across the Cotswold Hills on 28 July when they will be returning to The Great Shakespeare Ride to defend their team title on the 100km event.

Pictured above - The Shipston CC Men's team in 2016 from left to right, riders Dave Martin, Kim Baddeley, Gary Gristwood and Tony Moss  heading for a team victory on The Great Shakespeare Ride - taken by Gary’s wife, Roberta Gristwood.

The Team Challenge is available on the 100 kilometres and 100 miles rides. You can have as many team members as you wish, but the result is based on the time of the fourth rider home to promote teamwork within the group. The ‘Friendly 50 kilometres ride’ does not have a team prize and is geared more towards those new to cycling.

The Shipston Cycling Club has won the team prize three times since the prize began in 2015 and is hoping to secure its fourth title. The local cycling club will be doubling its efforts with two teams, one all male and one mixed team with two men and two women, which is a first for The Great Shakespeare Ride.

Pictured left is the GSR 2019 mixed team (left to right) Andy Smith (Club Chairman), Jan Spalding, Paul Spalding and Sarah Wight (Ros Brooks Marketing Officer from The Shakespeare Hospice in centre).

The British Cycling affiliated Club, which meets on Sunday mornings at Shipston on Stour Leisure Centre as well as offering other weekly rides, is looking for new members to join them and is welcoming anyone to come along and try them out in their training for the GSR or any other events, or just for some company on their cycle rides.

Andy Smith, Club Chairman and one of the SCC mixed team said;

“Shipston Cycling Club is happy to support The Great Shakespeare Ride which is superbly organised, friendly and for a great local cause.

“The average age of our men’s team has always been close to or over 50, but this year we have an 18 year old, Robin Hughes joining our men’s quartet and he will actually bring the average age down to 39!

“I normally take part in the Sportive 100 mile, but this year I’ll be supporting a mixed team in the 100km ride, which is a first for our club.

“We are particularly looking forward to the feed stations and the sports massages at the end!”

You can sign up for the Great Shakespeare Ride by visiting the website at


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