The Bikings Vikings is an annual village bike ride which has been raising money for BBC Children in Need since 1991.
All riders contribute for their accommodation, food and drink etc so sponsorship money goes entirely to Children in Need. To date over £83,000 has been raised.
Normally taking place in late October or early November the route is different every year but is approximately 90-100 miles ridden over two days back home to the village. Generally the rides are on minor roads, bridle paths and links of the Sustrans cycle network. With an overnight stop away and a great welcome home from the village when we arrive back for our Viking Stew at the Welby Arms – it’s also a great social weekend.
1991 – The Viking Way – from the Humber Bridge and from Oakham, Rutland
1992 – N.Y. – L.A. – From New York near Conningsby and Launde Abbey, Rutland
1993 – The Flash Bash (six counties) – From Algreave, Cheshire
1994 – The Humber Clumber Number – from the Humber Bridge via Bawtry.
1995 – FLAG – From Sparklow (nr. Buxton) via the High Peak and Tissington Trails.
1996 – Silverstone – From the Northamptonshire race track via Market Harborough
1997 – Gibraltar – From the village (south of Bedford)
1998 – A Bridge too Far – from Ironbridge, Telford via Ashby de la Zouch.
1999 – Hey Diddle Diddle – From the Cat and Fiddle Inn (nr Buxton)
2000 – Banbury Cross – From Banbury, Oxfordshire via Great Glen
2003 – Two Dam Ride – From Grafton Water, via Rutland Water.
2004 – Monsal Head – From Monsal Head via Grattondale, Keddleston Hall and Derby.
2005 – The Humber Bridge – From Humber Bridge via Bardney and Lincoln
2006 – Dunford Bridge – From Dunford Bridge (nr Holmfirth) via Worksop
2007 – Axe Edge – From Axe Edge (nr Sparklow) to Derby via the High Peak trail.
2008 – The B’ard Ride – Stratford upon Avon – via Market Harborough.
2009 – The Manifold Track – From Hulme End via Derby
2010 – The High Peak Trail – From Sparklow (nr Buxton) via Derby
2011 – MK-A – From Milton Keynes via Market Harborough
2012 – The Monsal Trail II – The Monsal Trail via Grattondale, Derby
2013 – Dunford Bridge II – From Dunford Bridge via Sheffield and Chesterfield
2014 – A Circuitous Route Home – From Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit via Corby
2015 – The Black Country Blast – From Swindon (Dudley) via Birmingham and Leicester
2016 – Mam Tor – From high in the Dark Peak
2017 – “A Bridge 2 Far” From Ironbridge, Shropshire, via Cannock and Burton-Upon-Trent.
Dates for 2018
27 – 28 October
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