Sunday 2nd October 2016 – Big Ride – ‘Oh Oh Oh Oh Thunder Bridge’ // 08:00am

Route Link: ThunderBridge GPX
Distance: 69 miles
Elevation: 5,700 ft approx.
Moving time: Approx 5.5 hours – 6.25 Hours // Total Time approx 7 hours-7.75 Hours. (very approximate dependent on rider pace, length of lunch stop and general stops)
Start: 08:00 at St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich
Post Ride: All The Shapes, Warwick St., Prestwich (approx. 15:00 / 15:45)

Summary: Another (savage (but doable)) foray into Yorkshire for a big ride, this time the excellently named Thunder Bridge is our furthest point. Loads of hills, loads of quiet roads and a perfect route for anyone in love with the thrill of road cycling.

Description:
Another 8am start from St Mary’s Flower Park. Hopefully the Indian Summer endures for what will be an absolutely cracking ride if the weather holds. Another foray into Yorkshire. I’m at a loss to explain why I’ve designed such an ace looking route when I probably won’t be on it! Hopefully everyone else enjoys it though.

Out from the flower park we head east towards Greenfield via Daisy Nook, getting some steady little climbs in early doors to get the legs warmed up. At 16 miles we encounter our first ‘proper’ climb of the day, in the ever dependable Isle of Skye road that joins Greenfield with Holmfirth. Many of our riders will have tackled this before, so it’s time to get your head down and see how your effort stacks up against your previous attempts! If not, then this hill is a must do and is a real challenge.

After the climb and then descending part way into Holmfirth, we take a turn and pick up the West Yorkshire Cycle Route (68) for 10 miles between miles 24 and 34. These are all quiet roads through lovely countryside, so this should be an extremely pleasant 10 miles. We leave the WYCR to head north to take in excellently named villages/towns like Thunder Bridge and Farnley Tyas before we head back west to pick up more familiar roads around the Slaithwaite and Marsden. Mount Road out of Marsden is a particularly cruel short climb back up to the top of Standedge. From here we descend into Saddleworth (ish) area and head towards Oldham to make our way home.

There will be a lunch stop at some point but I’ll do some further research/get someone to call this on the day.

Safety and Ride Updates:

Here’s a link to some important information/safety stuff about our rides, please have a read before attending our rides. https://allezprestwich.co.uk/ride-information-safety-tips/

Also, please visit the website, Facebook 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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