The Torq Roughride

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For 2011 the ninth Roughride is on June 12th, the same weekend as last year. This year the event has a new headline sponsor, Torq.

The Torq Roughride is a moorland route with less road than any other event in England and Wales. Good relations with local landowners allow the organisers to use miles of tracks not normally open to riders on the moorlands of East Radnorshire, Wales. There are two routes, one of 75km and one of 48km, the longer route having around 7,000ft of climbing.

This is a wilderness long distance ride for around 1,000 riders, on well flagged ancient routes in the Welsh borders. Everyone is out to enjoy themselves, singly and as a group. The achievement is to finish. The marshals are there to help you do just that.

The tiny market town of Kington (population 3,000) has the CAMRA county pub of the year, The Tavern, plus seven more and hosts its town festival on the same weekend. The scenic campsite sits on the edge of Hergest Ridge and overlooks the town and surrounding hills.

The entry fee is the same as last year and includes camping, event tee shirt and post ride meal.

Visit the website ( for further details.