Cyclists set to tackle their own version of the Sheriff’s Ride through Lichfield

Cyclists will put their own twist on the Sheriff’s Ride through the streets of Lichfield for the second year running.

The traditional horseback parade will be mirrored by a group of riders on two wheels instead of four legs on Saturday (September 6).

A spokesperson for the five-mile cycle ride said: “We meet at 10.30am at the Beacon Street Pinfold at the traditional and original start point of the Sheriff’s ride at Cross in Hand Lane.

“There we watch the horse ride go past before we set off in a different direction ending up at a secret location for free tea and cakes for all participants – if it’s good enough for the civic dignitaries it’s good enough for us!

“All are welcome on this free event, so please bring along a road worthy bike and a sense of fun.”

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  1. Rob

    7th September, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Cycling has no relevance in this instance.

  2. Neil

    10th September, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I think cycling is entirely relevant. You ride a horse and you ride a bike. The Sheriff’s ride is open to anybody with a horse and the ability to ride but not everybody owns a horse or has the ability or desire to ride one.

    Two wheeled transport is an ideal way to explore the city (three wheels are even better if you have a rickshaw). The large number of horse riders waved, smiled and said hello to the cyclists, being genuinely pleased that a large crowd had assembled to wish them well on their ride. The cyclists participating had a great time and free cake is always a good thing!

  3. Si

    11th September, 2014 at 8:23 am

    “Why?” Why not? the Sheriffs ride is an old tradition, and we hope that the cycle event can mirror this… the group of 40 or so rider covered all ages, different bicycle styles and we hope that it was enjoyed by all. The question of relevance is not really important, Join us on the next ride and see!

  4. Agitatorofpeople

    24th September, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    How about organising a nice easy family ride out, with tea and cakes that does a tour of the lichfield sights (forgive me if this is what the sherrifs ride does!) and throw in fancy dress, and period costumes, such as 70’s disco for the Raleigh Chopper riders, or edwardian tweed, bowler hat and a penny farthing, have a best dressed family/children/dogs in sidecars etc, get people out on their bicycles with its own event!!
    They seem to be quite popular in london and other cities, we could kick it off in the Midlands.

  5. Si

    25th September, 2014 at 10:26 am

    You missed it…:( we had a VERY succesfull “Lichfield Jolly” with approx 50 riders, of all ages, a steady ride ending up at the George and Dragon…… The “Alternative Sherrifs” ride was similar 40 odd riders, with a cake stop at speakers corner and again a finish at the George and Dragon (it has a big garden) if your on Facebook find lichwheeld for more info…. “we” have a Dervie ride last Friday of the Month as well – usually starting from Speakers Corner at approx 6.30…….