As we approach the go-live for entries to this year Batch Burner, I’m sure everyone has made a New Year’s resolution to increase (or start) your training regime.  Here at BBHQ we’d love to hear your training stories, good or bad J.  If you’re choosing to make the Long Mynd your training ground, why not make a trip of it and stay with one of our partners?


This year Mick Boulton from the YHA Bridges in Ratlinghope is one of our main sponsors.  Mick and his family bought this wonderfully traditional YHA back in the 90’s and have modernised it to what is now; a very comfortable rural idyllic place to stay.  One Trip Advisor reviewer describes the hostel as “Like something out of an Enid Blyton novel“ which seems appropriate seeing as The Bridges YHA was first founded in 1931 (the decade in which Blyton published some of her most famous works).  The Shropshire Way runs past the front door, running east up to the Long Mynd and West to the Stiperstones with excellent trails for bike riding or walking, so plenty of scope for Batch Burner training. Mick & team provide excellent facilities for cyclists with a secure cycle store on site as well as the all-important drying room.  Of course, you will have built up an appetite during your ride so why not enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal to replace those burned calories, followed by a pint at The Bridges pub right next door?  Once you’ve replenished your reserves you can simply relax in front of the open fire in the hostel’s cosy lounge.


Mick was also sweeper for us on our first Batch Burner in 2013 and was very generous with advice and help on setting up this event. He is a very keen mountain/road biker himself and runs week long alpine road cycling tours in the summer over the French alps as well as a summer solstice‘ dusk to dawn’ ride here in Shropshire. Do give him a call if you are interested in joining in.  ph 01694 722350



Plush Hill Cycles

Church Stretton’s local bike shop bring a knowledge of the Long Mynd and a passion for mountain biking. Plush Hill Cycles have been fundamental and taken a key role developing the event; acting as mountain bike consultants they have shaped the Batch Burner, responsible for creating the Batch Burner route and marketing the event along with creating industry links. We could not have created the event without them and really appreciate their ongoing commitment to the event and raising funds for Norbury School. If you won a spot prize in 2013 it was donated by Plush Hill Cycles who kindly donated over £700 worth of prizes to dish out at random to riders taking part plus a case of Muc Off to keep the student bike was in business.


If you are looking for a new bike, some spares or need a service then you should give Plush Hill Cycles a look, you will find them on the Square in the centre of Church Stretton.



Fuelling the Batch Burner from 2013, Torq had faith in the Batch Burner right from day one before anyone had entered or the route finalised. We want to thank Torq for their ongoing support on the 2016 event.

Torq are a Shropshire based fitness consultancy with roots firmly in Mountain Bike endurance events kindly provide energy gels for all riders. If you are looking for fitness consultation and sports nutrition then these guys are the best in the business. 

Torq will be showcasing their sports nutrition range again in 2016


Montgomery Spring

Hydrating the Batch Burner riders once again in 2014, with a source found in an area of outstanding natural beauty, within a small range of hills above the rural village of Churchstoke, located in the sparsely populated borderland between England and Wales.

Montgomery Water will be once again providing enough water to keep all riders hydrated throughout the event with a bottle of water for every rider.

 We didn't go short of water in 2013



The National Trust

As the main land owners of the Long Mynd, National Trusts support for the event is crucial. Luckily for us they have an enthusiasm for developing mountain biking in the area. Finding a balance between preservation and encouraging people to explore the Long Mynd is tough job, that’s why we have worked closely with National Trust to develop the Batch Burner route to manage the impact on the landscape. With scheduled ancient monuments, wet flushes and a wealth of wildlife plus plenty of other users to consider the route and the impact needs to be carefully considered.

National Trust donated much appreciated time and resource to help make the 2013 Batch Burner run smoothly and have pledged their support again for 2014. We plan to make a donation to help fund trail maintenance.


For more information about Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, click here. Also checkout this Spogo video for a snapshot of what the Long Mynd can offer.