2018 Apr Big Ride – Skies of Blue On – Sun 15 Apr ***8am***

Route Link: Skies of Blue On GPX
Distance: 57 miles
Elevation: 5,500ft approx.
Moving time: Approx 4.5 – 5 Hours // Total Time approx 5.75 – 6.25 Hours.(very approximate dependent on rider pace and general stops – allows for brief stops/traffic and 30-45 mins lunch)
Start: 08:00 at St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich
Lunch: TBC
Post Ride: Time dependent but Woodthorpe if anyone is game. Ride ends here. Approx 14:00.

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.

The first big ride of 2018 is finally here. No mercy with an attack on Holme Moss the centrepiece of the ride. As you’ll be familiar with by now, it’s not the only hill!
We’re going to head out towards Diggle/Saddleworth area, which is ‘lumpy’ in its own right. Some nice scenery and nice roads out here, we go over the peak and have an awesome, very fast, descent into Marsden on the otherside of the hill.
We’ll work our way round to Holmfirth where we tackle a nasty climb up to the Ford Inn before we turn down to Holme and our ascent of Holme Moss. Get in your big ring and pray the wind isn’t in your face, meet at the top.
Absolutely unreal descent down into Crowden/Woodhead, we pas through Padfield and Hadfield and suggest we have a little bite to eat around here, so we aren’t goign too hungry on the 15-20 miles back to Prestwich. Hopefully a celebratory drink to herald the return of the Big Ride on our return to Prestwich.
If all goes well, should be back in Prestwich around 14:00 ish.

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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