Sulley Challenge Rides 100k/70k/50k/32K

Event cancelled.
March Cycling
March Cycling
Sunday, 4 March 2018

Sulley Challenge Rides 100k/70k/50k/32K

£4 adults, £1 juveniles (under18)

The Sulley Rides this Sunday 4th March have been cancelled due to the exceptional weather!

The temperature is forecast to remain below freezing until midday on Sunday. There will therefore be no natural thawing of the ice before the event.

Furthermore Highways Authorities are currently struggling to keep open the main “A” roads by salting, so little attention will be paid to treating the minor roads affected by snow drifting off adjacent fields.

It therefore seems highly likely that there will be significant ice hazards on the minor roads on Sunday, putting riders at risk.

We have reluctantly decided to cancel the event as the result of the quite exceptional winter conditions.


Sulley Challenge Rides 100k/70k/50k/32k
Sunday 4th March 2018

This event is held to the memory of David and Doreen Sulley, Cyclists' Touring Club members and the originators of the event.
This is a counting event for the Cycling UK Tourist Competition, but open to all - not just Cycling UK members.
Start and finish at Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth LE17 4ED
Control open for entries 08.30 until 10.00 and closes at 16.00.

Toilets and some car parking at the rear, more nearby.
Click here for map.

Enter at the start
Entry fees: £4 and £1 for under 18s (riders of 17 years or under require parental consent).

You can download an entry form here and a parental consent form here for those 17 years of age or under.

Please try and complete the entry form and bring to the start - it saves waiting!!
All controls close at 16.00.

Further details from: Peter Witting,preferably by email
or Tel.0116 2792867

The routes (shown below) will be as previous years and checked and updated a necessary in early 2018. Please recheck the event details the day before the event for any changes such as cancellation or route changes.

About Doreen and David Sulley

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The Sulley Challenge Rides - a brief history

by John Allen

David Sulley was a long serving member of both the Cyclists' Touring Club and the Welland Valley Wheelers. With his wife Doreen they founded the very successful Lutterworth Cyclists' Touring Club section and quickly attracted family groups and solo cyclists including youngsters coming along on their own.

He encouraged them to join the Leicestershire and Rutland D.A. county events so much so that they usually outnumbered members of other sections.

They enjoyed the Birthday Rides, the Vale of the White Horse and other annual get togethers as a section

David was a great ambassador for the world of cycling, despite having a long battle with heart problems - he organised several events to raise funds for the Groby Road Heart Unit.

Sadly David died whilst taking part in a D.A. event on the 2nd April in March 1990 starting and finishing in Lutterworth with a route through the countryside that David loved so much. Doreen died in 2012 and it was decided that the ride title should be altered to `The Sulley Challenge Rides` to commemorate the memories of both Doreen and David.

Dennis Heggs organised the popular event for many years, followed by Morgan Reynolds and in recent years Dave Grimshaw has been the organiser. The event is part of the year long National Cyclists' Touring Club Tourist Competition and our own Challenge Rides series for which certificates are awarded as part of the Cyclists' Touring Club county B.A.R. competition.

You can read more about the history of the Sulleys and Lutterworth Cyclists' Touring Club section in " A Century and more of Cycling - Some of the history of the Leicestershire and Rutland Cyclists' Touring Club"

Event Facilities 
Adequate car parking
Enter on the day
Route card
Rides and Activities 
Sunday, 4 March 2018 08:30
Sulley Challenge Rides
Start details 

Start and finish at Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth LE17 4ED
Control open for entries 08.30 until 10.00 and closes at 16.00.

Road ride
Tourist Competition category 
A - 25-79 miles (40-127 km)