This one is tough but will be a total belter. See details below.

Sunday 15th May 2016 – Big Ride – Super Hilly Yorkshire Ride // 9:00am

Distance: 70 miles
Elevation: 6,00ft approx.
Moving time: Approx 6 – 6.5 Hours // Total Time approx 8 – 8.5 Hours.
Our ‘Big’ rides are our more testing, slightly longer and slightly harder rides. If you’re unsure of your fitness/hill fitness, then please feel free to come and try out a ‘Standard’ ride first before joining the ‘Big’ rides. This especially applies to this particular big ride, as it is another total monster.

Clocking in at 70 miles, it is the longest ride we have ever done. Climbing over 6,000ft this will be the most climbing we have done in one day. Add those two up and it makes for one of the toughest routes to date. All that said, it should be a great ride, iconic climbs with great views and the ever dependable excellent company but just make sure you comfortable with the distance and climbs. You don’t need to be a superhero, most of the regular people who have done big rides will be fine, and we’ll just leave plenty of time, but you do need to know whether or not this type of ride is something you’re comfortable with or it is going to be a heck of a long day.

Okay, so disclaimer over, this will be great. We head eastwards from our usual St Mary’s Flower Park meetup spot, out past Woodhouses, Mossley etc and reach Greenfield and site of our first challenge of the day – the wonderful Isle of Skye climb. So named after a pub that used to exist up there, apparently. This is becoming a club staple and is challenging but, as with any hill, is totally doable if you stick to your own pace. The great news is we go downhill for the best part of 6 miles after this, down towards Holmfrith and Yorkshire and it’s a brilliant descent. Make the most of it!

From Holmfirth, after a potential brief stop for roadside nibbles and drinks, we head north towards Meltham. From this point if we aren’t going uphill then we are going downhill, as the profile is just up down until the 55 mile mark. We head passed Slaithwaite (Slowuht) and uptowards the ominously named ‘Scapegoat Hill’ which looks particularly menacing. There looks to be another nice descent here for a good few miles, so rest those legs.

A couple more little lumps around Sowerby Bridge/Sowerbybefore the last climb of the day and it’s an iconic one at that. Cragg Vale is one of (the?) the longest continual climbs in the UK which makes it a bit of a holy grail for cyclists. Another one we’ve tackled a few times, I’ll let you into a secret: it’s not as tough as it’s reputation makes out but we’ll have covered some distance by this point, so we’llsee!

After the invetible ice cream at the top of Blackstone Edge it’s down hill and another cracking descent. A nice flatish ride back for the last 15 and a well earned beverage of your choice back in the clubhouse (All The Shapes).

I’d guess a moving time of 6.5 hours to be conservative and then maybe up two hours for stops, food breaks etc. So it’s going to be a full day job. 9 – 5ish.

Hope to see loads of you there, these are the types of rides that any hill climbing cyclist lives for. We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed p;anning it.

We’ll stop at least once for some lunch as this is a long ride and, as I’ve learned personally, refuelling is pretty important! No shortcuts on rides like this. It would be wise to bring plenty of ride snacks with you too (flapjacks, bars, gels, bananas, traybakes (Rick) etc.).

Here’s a link to some important information/safety stuff about our rides, please have a read before attending our rides.

Also, please check here, on our website or Twitter channels periodically, and especially the day of the ride, to ensure nothing has changed. We sometimes have to make weather enforced changes to start times or in extremes may even have to cancel rides.




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