Big rides are back!


Sunday April 16th – Big – ‘Big Wess’ // **8am**

Route Link: Big Wess GPX
Distance: 60 miles
Elevation: 5.200 ft approx.
Moving time: Approx 4.75 hours – 5.25 Hours // Total Time approx 6.25 hours-6.75 Hours. (very approximate dependent on rider pace and general stops – allows for brief stops/traffic and lunch)
Start: 08:00 at St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich
Lunch: Greenfield/Uppermill/Delph approx 11:00-12:00.
Post Ride: Either Same Yet Inn,Simister; Woodthorpe, Prestwich or Ostrich, Prestwich (massive beer garden) approx 14:00 – 15:00

PLEASE NOTE 8am START!

So, spring has sprung and that means the return of the Big Rides. A glorious time of year.

We’ve wasted no time in planning out a beauty, it’s on the shorter side of a big ride at 60 miles but packs a punch of over 5,000ft of climbing.

Please note, our big rides are not for the feint hearted and they are really hilly, tough but ultimately enjoyable rides. We have a lunch stop but they are longer, hillier and slightly faster than our standard rides. If you’re unsure then please speak to us and come to a standard ride first. We’re not ones to be too specific about speed but ideally shouldn’t be much slower than around 12mph average around this sort of course, as otherwise they just take way too long.

Okay, rambling disclaimer out of the way, we head out towards Chadderton and Shaw but don’t be fooled, we don’t take in the usual Grains/Buckstones Road, instead we wind up at New Hey to tackle Huddersfield road (A640) over to Denshaw. I think this maybe the reverse of what Mark calls ‘The Devils Bastard’. Anyway, nice winding road and the first proper climb of the day.

We continue over the A640 to the segment known as Buckstones Pass on Strava – https://www.strava.com/segments/674115 – another nice, and usually quite quiet, steady rise up into the moorland. From here we’ve got the best part of 5 miles of descent down and past Pole Moor before starting the climb of Valley Road out of Slowuht (Slaithwaite). The downhill of this section takes us towards Blackmoorfoot, where we pass the reservoir, before heading for the major summit of the ride – Wessenden Head. This is an absolute grinder of hill, steep at an 8% average gradient for 2.4 mile, we’ll ascend the best part of 1,00ft in this one section alone.

After the climb we’ll undulate for a little more before starting a cracking descent down Isle of Skye. I hope we get a good day weather wise, as the views are just unreal and it’s a really fast, fun descent. It’s around here that we have the first of our early lunch stop options but truth be told it’s easter Sunday and everywhere is going to be rammed, especially if it’s a nice day. We’ll probably have to be pretty relaxed about where we stop but am sure we’ll find somewhere. Around 35-45 miles would be perfect – we’ll still have our end of ride pub stop too, don’t worry (time depending).

We head up the short, but very steep, Haw Clough Lane before winding above the Uppermill hills and head for our last climb of the day, the Grains Road climb in the Delph to Shaw. The Kings Arms at the top of here could be our last option for lunch. I don’t what it’s like but there’d be barely any clombing after this, which would be grand!

From here it’s plain sailing back to Prestwich for the post ride drinks…suggestions are either Same Yet Inn at Simister, Woodthorpe, Prestwich or Ostrich, Prestwich (massive beer garden).

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.

 

 

Sunday April 16th – Big – ‘Big Wess’ // **8am**

Route Link: Big Wess GPX
Distance: 60 miles
Elevation: 5.200 ft approx.
Moving time: Approx 4.75 hours – 5.25 Hours // Total Time approx 6.25 hours-6.75 Hours. (very approximate dependent on rider pace and general stops – allows for brief stops/traffic and lunch)
Start: 08:00 at St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich
Lunch: Greenfield/Uppermill/Delph approx 11:00-12:00.
Post Ride: Either Same Yet Inn,Simister; Woodthorpe, Prestwich or Ostrich, Prestwich (massive beer garden) approx 14:00 – 15:00

PLEASE NOTE 8am START!

Route Link:

So, spring has sprung and that means the return of the Big Rides. A glorious time of year.

We’ve wasted no time in planning out a beauty, it’s on the shorter side of a big ride at 60 miles but packs a punch of over 5,000ft of climbing.

Please note, our big rides are not for the feint hearted and they are really hilly, tough but ultimately enjoyable rides. We have a lunch stop but they are longer, hillier and slightly faster than our standard rides. If you’re unsure then please speak to us and come to a standard ride first. We’re not ones to be too specific about speed but ideally shouldn’t be much slower than around 12mph average around this sort of course, as otherwise they just take way too long.

Okay, rambling disclaimer out of the way, we head out towards Chadderton and Shaw but don’t be fooled, we don’t take in the usual Grains/Buckstones Road, instead we wind up at New Hey to tackle Huddersfield road (A640) over to Denshaw. I think this maybe the reverse of what Mark calls ‘The Devils Bastard’. Anyway, nice winding road and the first proper climb of the day.

We continue over the A640 to the segment known as Buckstones Pass on Strava – https://www.strava.com/segments/674115 – another nice, and usually quite quiet, steady rise up into the moorland. From here we’ve got the best part of 5 miles of descent down and past Pole Moor before starting the climb of Valley Road out of Slowuht (Slaithwaite). The downhill of this section takes us towards Blackmoorfoot, where we pass the reservoir, before heading for the major summit of the ride – Wessenden Head. This is an absolute grinder of hill, steep at an 8% average gradient for 2.4 mile, we’ll ascend the best part of 1,00ft in this one section alone.

After the climb we’ll undulate for a little more before starting a cracking descent down Isle of Skye. I hope we get a good day weather wise, as the views are just unreal and it’s a really fast, fun descent. It’s around here that we have the first of our early lunch stop options but truth be told it’s easter Sunday and everywhere is going to be rammed, especially if it’s a nice day. We’ll probably have to be pretty relaxed about where we stop but am sure we’ll find somewhere. Around 35-45 miles would be perfect – we’ll still have our end of ride pub stop too, don’t worry (time depending).

We head up the short, but very steep, Haw Clough Lane before winding above the Uppermill hills and head for our last climb of the day, the Grains Road climb in the Delph to Shaw. The Kings Arms at the top of here could be our last option for lunch. I don’t what it’s like but there’d be barely any clombing after this, which would be grand!

From here it’s plain sailing back to Prestwich for the post ride drinks…suggestions are either Same Yet Inn at Simister, Woodthorpe, Prestwich or Ostrich, Prestwich (massive beer garden).

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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