First Big Ride of 2017 – This Easter Sunday, 8am!

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! Read more

Next Ride: Sat 4th Feb – Bon Hiver!

Saturday February 4th – Winter – ‘Bon Hiver’ // 9am

Route Link: Bon Hiver GPX
Distance: 39 miles
Elevation: 2,900 ft approx.
Moving time: Approx 3 hours – 3.5 Hours // Total Time approx 3.5 hours-4 Hours. (very approximate dependent on rider pace and general stops)
Start: 09:00 at St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich
Post Ride: Parkfield Inn, Whitefield (ride ends here, Prestwich only 1.5 miles away).

February’s first ride takes us North up into those Lancs hills. It’s getting harder and harder to not repeat certain parts of routes these days but here’s one I don’t think we’ve done (or we’ve rarely done). The reverse way up Broadhead road ( in fact, it’s coming back to me now) and also the reverse of Grane Road. So we’ll get to descend it! Read more

Sunday 30th October Ride – Autumn Sweater! 8am start.

 Sunday 30th October 2016 – Big Winter Ride – ‘Autumn Sweater’ (8am Start)

Route Link:
Distance: 57 Miles
Elevation: 4,500ft approx.
Moving time: Approx 4.5 hours – 5 Hours // Total Time approx 6 hours-6.5 Hours. (very approximate dependent on rider pace, length of lunch stop and general stops)
Start: 08:00 at St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich
Midride/Lunch: Todmorden around 11:00 – 11:30 am
Post Ride: All The Shapes, Warwick St., Prestwich (approx. 14:00 / 14:30)

A collaboration route between Rob and Craig.

This is the first of our real “Winter Rides”, hence the slightly shorter distance but it still definitely warrants it’s big ride status. Although it is slightly shorter, this is still a testing ride and it’d be worth checking in with us if you are unsure whether it might be a tough.

We head out towards Middleton and Shaw in order to swing past Hollingworth Lake on our way to the first proper climb of the day – Blackstone Edge. A really nice steady climb with some steep parts for good measure, a nice test of all your climbing arsenal.

It might be a little early in the ride for an ice cream stop at the top, so we’ll probably just start the amazingly fun descent down Cragg Vale! This is super fun and, as you’ll know from coming up the other way, it’s pretty long, so attack it/cruise it however you like, just be safe and enjoy the fact you are doing down hill.

We get to Mytholmroyd and then head to Hebden for a little hill climbing circuit. We head up Heptonstall Road and take on some hilly cobbles (thanks Rob!) before heading back down to Hebden before heading back up the hills for another two miles between Mytholm and our lunch stop of Todmorden.

After a bit to eat and some refreshments, it’s time to start a steady climb up to Bacup before a pretty much downhill/flat 20 miles back to All The Shapes for post ride drinks.
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