The Jester

The Bolsover Jester is a new Reliability Trial now in its second year organised by Bolsover & District Cycling Club (B&DCC).

Why the name? Well, Bolsover is famous for its castle and we are keen that this will be a fun event for everyone involved, and so the name somehow connects the two as a court jester in history is synonymous with putting a smile on people’s faces.

Reliability trials have been around for generations, and unlike some of their modern day cousins, the sportives, they are an affordable way of meeting like minded folk out for a social ride with one main objective, to make it to the finish safely.


The Route

The route is mainly flat, but just ask any of our members and they all know that whichever way you leave Bolsover there’s always a climb involved on the way back! Leaving the start venue we elevate slightly to  Bolsover and then from there it’s not too long before you are in the beautiful surroundings of Clumber Park. From there you’ll head towards Retford, Clarborough, Mattersey, Styrrup, and then start on the return to Stanfree via Firbeck, Anston, Kiveton and Clowne. All this takes place mainly on quiet roads.

The feedback on the route from the inaugural event last year was only positive.  We’re sure that once you’ve ridden it a first time you’ll be hooked.


The ride headquarters will be the Oxcroft Centre, 55 Clowne Road, Stanfree. S44 6AG.

The entry fee for this event will be £6.00 which is available via online payment.

On the day entries maybe available depending on the level of pre entries as we have a limit on entries to make it comfortable to manage and plan for.

Upon entry you will receive a confirmation email and closer to the event there’ll be a further one outlining the basic event  information. Before the event takes place you’ll receive the finalized event information and safety guidance you’ll need to make your day run smoothly, including a route to upload onto your GPS device. Out on the road the route will not be marked in any way, so please make sure of the route beforehand.

And finally……… Refreshments will be available for purchase, including bacon sandwiches!