The Full Monty Monument Ride

21st August 2021

Simon Orme

The Full Monty – Our 3rd Monument Ride of 2021 to Montgomery – 130 miles & 7500 feet

Each year, Brereton Wheelers organise five iconic rides for their Members that are both challenging and rewarding. We call these rides, our Monument Rides. Four road rides, and one gravel / MTB ride. Thankfully, despite a very difficult year, this years Monument rides have all gone ahead.

Our First Monument ride was to Buxton in the Peak District. The Second ride was to Winnats Pass, again in the Peak District. Our third ride of the season saw a change of direction as we rode out to Montgomery just across the border and into Wales.

Luckily, we were rewarded with the perfect weather conditions, dry with very little wind, perfect for such a long ride. This classic route avoided main roads and allowed us to take in some stunning scenery. Heading out over Cannock Chase, we passed colourful poppy fields and open rolling roads until we reached our first stop at Ironbridge.

At Ironbridge, we were greeted by our support driver. Here, riders could take on more fuel while enjoying the spectacular views of the bridge. After a quick pit stop, it was a climb out of the gorge, heading West and following the path of the River Severn out towards the Welsh Border.

This years route saw a slight change to our normal approach into Wales. Riders followed a challenging national cycle route that consisted of very narrow lanes that seemed to either go up or down. Once this roller coaster of a section was negotiated it was a steady roll into Wales and onto Montgomery for a well deserved lunch.

Once all riders were sufficiently fed and watered, it was a roll down the big hill out of Montgomery and back to England. The return leg was pretty much the same route back, however, riders voted to avoid the roller coaster section on the way back and stick to the more traditional route.

After our final pit stop in Brewood, it was just one more climb onto Cannock Chase before our roll down into Rugeley. Another fantastic day out for the Brereton Wheelers. 133 miles, 7,500 feet, just one puncture, lots of smiles, tired legs and great memories.

A huge thank you to Mick for being our support driver for the day and to all the riders for looking out for each other.

Please look out for the report on our final road Monument ride of the year in our next newsletter. Our incredible 144 mile ride to Glossop taking in the Cat & Fiddle climb and the spectacular Snake Pass. Our final Monument ride of the season is on September 12th. An amazing 75 mile gravel / MTB ride on the Canal Network, taking in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Tamworth and Fradley. All of our Monument rides are for members only. If you would like more information on membership or details on next years Monument rides, please get in touch.

See our epic day out on our YouTube channel – click on the link below