Inspired by the BatchBurners cake stall? Maybe?

Cakes and Mountain Bikes are always a good combination and we can fully appreciate how they have inspired the latest Torq gel flavours

TORQ have delighted their loyal fan base yet again with the launch of 2 brand new flavour profiles of their hugely popular TORQ Gel. The new Lemon Drizzle and Cherry Bakewell variants follow TORQ’s respected tradition of crafting authentic gel flavours which sound like they should be served up as a dessert rather than be consumed during vigorous exercise…

Both new gels are formulated using TORQ’s trademark 2:1 Maltodextrin:Fructose blend for superior speedy carbohydrate delivery. Backed by over 20 peer-reviewed published studies listed on their website, 2:1 Glucose:Fructose derivatives are absorbed into the blood 40% quicker than glucose-only formulations. Each gel also packs a punch, delivering 30 grams of carbohydrate (significantly more than many other brands) allowing it to function as part of the unique and user-friendly TORQ Fuelling System, where TORQ’s energy products can be combined together for optimal fuelling purposes.


Anyone who has tasted TORQ’s Rhubarb & Custard, Raspberry Ripple or Apple Crumble offerings will know that TORQ’s flavours are quite literally to die for and so will not be disappointed with these new culinary masterpieces.

The Cherry Bakewell flavour hits you firmly between the eyes and there’s no mistaking the rich raspberry jam, almond frangipane and subtle cherry topping. The Lemon Drizzle flavour is subtler, where the initial welcoming sensation of soft Victoria sponge cake is followed by a velvety citrus lemon drizzle to finish. Initial head-to-head taste trials seem to have them pretty evenly matched, although you couldn’t compare two more different flavour profiles.

TORQ’s new gels are available at over 600 Cycle, Run and Outdoor retailers all over the UK or direct from TORQ

Ransfords Timber Specialists: Thanks for the ongoing support

Back in 2013 we approached a local timber merchant as we needed to get some wooden stakes to help mark out the start/finish area, car park and the course, holding up event signs and linking the course tape to help riders find their way. Six years later and 100’s of timber steaks later local timber merchant Ransfords in Bishops castle are still happily delivering supplies for free to help us keep down the cost of running the event so that we can maximise the funds for charity.

For 2018 Ransfords have gone above and beyond to not only supply our annual stake delivery but to supply the materials to create a new decking area outside of one of the classrooms at Norbury School giving the teachers more opportunities to take learning outdoors.



Huge thanks for the ongoing support, if you need a timber specialist with roots in the local community we can vouch for the quality of what these guys do and how they do it. 

2018 Back to the Batch's

Listening to last year’s feedback Batch Burner 2018 will see a return to The Batch’s of the Long Mynd. It will be a little shorter and with slightly less climbing than last year but still an excellent challenge.  We will take you the full length of the hill taking in spectacular views and classic single track, new climbs plus a little bit of something different in the forestry. 

In year one of the Batch Burner we set out to showcase the best of the Long Mynd Mountain bike trails in a challenging ride to test the fitness and skill of our riders. Every year since we have gone on to develop the route to bring new trails and features taking us further afield. This has all been possible due to the generosity of our landowners, farmers and the massive volunteer labour force it takes to organise and run such an event. We have plenty of new bits to test your skills and interest but please remember that some of the trails we use are only open to bikers on this one day by special permission of the National Trust and the Forestry Commission.

Due to a diary malfunction our usual HQ at Norbury Village Hall is not available this year so we are holding the event in a field and tented village just a few hundred meters East of the Hall.  Just follow the signs.

The 2018 route map will be made available to all entrants the week before the event. Entries go live at 7:30 pm Sunday 28th January.

Bikes and Beer rolling into 2018

After 5 years of issuing a finishers mug to all our riders, we thought it was time to move on to a different vessel. So when Ludlow Brewery Company offered up their support the decision was made, enter the Batch Burner Pint glass. 

For 2018 we are delighted to receive the support of Ludlow Brewery, we are always happy to receive support from local Businesses especially those that have a cycling or mtb connection. Ludlow Brewing Company have a passion for producing fine ales but also have a keen interest in cycling and complement what the Batch Burner is all about. Welcome Ludlow Brewery by raising a glass.

Batch Burner 2018 entries go live on Sunday 28th January at 7:30pm on the British Cycling website. Event day is Saturday 9th June. This year we are Back to the Batch but more on that later.


Leading by example, getting ahead on the Batch Burner

For 2017 Norbury School head teacher Mr Ball will once again be addressing the crowd at the start of the event  before the Children ring the School bell to set the riders off . But this year he will then be getting on his bike to ride the course. Accompanied by wife Lynn the pair have been in Batch Burner training alongside helping out with event planning plus the organizing of the Junior Batch Burner and a little trail building alongside the day to day running of Norbury Primary School.


We think it’s great to see a head teacher inspiring and setting such a positive example, we know he has already been out scouting the route plus with the Junior Batch Burner on the 19th of May he will be well practiced come Batch Burner day. Please help support Mr Ball in his Batch Burner challenge by donating to the Norbury School just giving page and helping spread the word.

Look out for Lynn and Les Ball out on the Long Mynd, good luck folks and keep pedaling