No Excuses Shropshire Sportive


Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event. More information as to why and what you need to do can be found below.

No Excuses Shropshire Sportive

Sunday 4th March 2018

UPDATE - 28 Feb 2018 - With Amber and Yellow weather warnings forecasted in the area for a continued period up to this event, it will be not possible for us to deliver a safe event, so have the made the necessary decision to cancel this weekend's No Excuses Shropshire Sunday 4th March.

All riders booked onto this event will receive an email with more information with regards to their booking.

Thank you for your understanding. Roll on warmer weather!

After many successful years raising money for various charities across the UK the No Excuses Series comes to Shrewsbury, Shropshire for 2018. Setting off from West Midland Showground just to the North of Shrewsbury Town Centre, we steer clear of the hills for this early season sportive and explore the winding country road network to the north and east of Shrewsbury.

Heading out from the showground we take a bearing north following the course of the river Severn then the river Perry to the village of Baschurch before continuing our course north crossing the landscape riddled with small waterways, brooks and pools along the way.

This leg of the course finishes in the small town of Wem at which point the course splits sending the Standard riders through the town and south. Epic riders continue north into the quieter roads of Shropshire. Passing by Dobsons Bridge, we skirt the edge of the Welsh border and the Llangollen Canal that marks it before heading into Whitchurch as our most northerly point on the course. From here we take a direct course south back to Wem to rejoin the rest of the course, at which point we make a course for Shawbury Airfield and town that accompanies it.

Soon after we split for a second time sending the Standard riders homeward bound for Shrewsbury while the Epic riders turn left and south, the signs that you are close to home soon become apparent as we soon meet the course of the River Severn once more, with the Wrekin Hill to our left we turn right back along the river's course as we begin the home stretch to the finish. Meeting the Standard riders once more just outside of town, we ride the last few miles back to the picturesque setting at the finish line.

Everyone who enters either the £40 Epic or Standard routes and turns up on the day will receive a full refund after the event. For those who enter and don't turn up, that money gets donated to charity. If you do ride the event and would rather your entry fee go to a good cause, you'll be able to let us know on the day.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed a "Half an Excuse" entry option as well. This price tier is for those who want to secure a place in this sell-out event, but are unsure if they will make it on the day. This entry fee will not be refunded regardless if you turn up on the day or not but at least it's only half the normal fee, so no shows won't lose out as much. Those who do turn up having entered the Half an Excuse routes get to ride an awesome event for half the price. Terms and conditions can be found below.

Ride hard, raise money, defeat dementia

Want to support our official charity partner while taking part in this ride? Click the following link to find out more and help make a difference. Alzheimer's Research UK

Fancy helping out at an event?

We always welcome volunteers at our events so if you fancy joining the crew for the day and helping out, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to ride for free. If this particular event is fully staffed, you can always put your name down for another event. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer at a Cycling Event page, along with the link to the online application form.


This Event Includes:

  • Facilities and parking
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Rider public liability insurance
  • Feed Stops
  • Energy food and drink
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Web results service
  • Online certificates
  • Finisher gift
  • Finisher medal
  • On site catering
  • Pick-up wagons
  • Bike wash facilities
  • Photos by SportivePhoto
  • Six Physio Massage@Events
  • Retail Opportunities

Route Info

Route: Epic

Distance: 75 Miles   


Difficulty: 5/10
Route: Standard

Distance: 39 Miles   


Difficulty: 3/10

Key Information

No Excuses Terms and Conditions

No Excuses Epic and Standard - £40 ticket option

100% of entry will be refunded to riders who ride on the day within 28 days of the chosen event.
Transfer of entry to another event is not applicable.
Tickets are non-refundable if you do not turn up and ride. 90% of your entry fee will be donated to our official charity partner, Alzheimer's Research UK.

Half an Excuse Epic & Standard - £20 ticket option

100% of the entry fee will be retained by UKCE
Usual booking terms apply.
Non-refundable or transferable


Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on the Website. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.

Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.