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Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade Cycle Sportive 4th June 2017

 

 

What is the Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade?
The Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade Cycle Sportive is a cycle ride that takes place from Edge Hill University. The Roman Road Crusade route is 82 miles and the Croston Challenge is 36 miles.
 
 

The incredibly scenic but testing 82 mile 'Roman Road Challenge' takes riders over Hunter's Hill, Rivington Reservoir, Foxholes, Matchmoor, past Belmont Village and out to Edgworth onto the infamous Roman Road for 6 undulating miles before returning past Tockholes, Brindle, Hillhouse Lane, Walton le Dale, Midge Hall, Croston and Mawdesley.

 

The route has been designed to challenge the most experienced rider and offers over 4500ft of climbing and a maximum gradient of 13% but it will also accomodate riders with less experience due to the fact that much of the climbing takes place in the first 50 miles (see route profile below). This will allow either a very speedy final 30miles or a more leisurely ride back to the finish - dependant on how your legs feel after The Roman Road!

 

The 36 mile 'Croston Crusade' will follow the same route as the 'Challenge' out of Ormskirk and over Hunter's Hill but then at the 12.5 mile point the 'Crusaders' will head North towards the Eastern edge of Mawdesley/Croston Moss and into Croston then crossing over the River Yarrow, the River Douglas and the Leeds-Liverpool canal as riders head West and then South through Holmeswood and past Mere Sands Wood before travelling though Rufford and back onto the Moss but now on the opposite side.

 

Then past Mawdesley and across Hoscar Moss to return to Edge Hill Sport via Blythe Lane, Castle Lane and Westhead. The route has been designed with the less experienced or younger rider in mind but it will still offer a challenging climb within the first 10miles and over 1100ft of climbing with a maximum gradient of just over 11%.

 

Address:
Edge Hill University
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP
 
Date and Time:
Sunday 4th June 2017 - 08:30am - 09:00am
 
How is the route marked?
The route will be marked with large fluorescent 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and where deemed necessary road markings will be used. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card, alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link.
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure you bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are particularly important on the descents!
 
Bring tools, spare inner tubes and some money, there is no sweeper wagon so you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties. It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).

What do I need to do on the day?
On the day the start times are between 8.30am and 09.15am, you choose your own start time but a maximum of 20-30 riders are able to start every 2 minutes.
 
Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at feedstops.
 
Times range from 3 hours to 7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 7.30am in the sports hall.
 
At registration you will collect your timing chip and any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
 
The Finish:
Once you have finished the ride a marshal will remove the timing chip from your forks. Please make sure the timing chip has been removed before you head off home as the cost of any missing or lost timing chips is £10.
 
Food Stops:
For the Croston Crusade the drinks station will be at approx 17 miles at The Wheatsheaf on Town Road in Croston.
 

For the Roman Road Challenge the 2 x Drinks Stations will be situated at approx 23 miles at the United Utilities Countryside Ranger Offices next to Great House Barn Tea Room on Rivington Lane – the Tea Room will be open to cyclists

 

At approx 53 miles at the Sirloin Inn on Station Road in Hoghton www.thesirloin.co.uk/ (turning left into Station Road which will be signposted ‘Drinks Station’) after visiting the stop riders can then rejoin the main route by turning left out of the Pub car park (marshals at the Drinks Station will be able to provide directions but it will also be fully signposted).

 
How much to enter?
Roman Road Challenge £26
Croston Crusade £21
Croston Crusade Youth Entry £15
 
 
Included within your entry fee is:
 
  • Free Custom Design Drinks Bottle for all participants
  • Fully Signposted Routes
  • Free Parking at Start/Finish Area
  • Free Changing Facilities & baggage storage
  • Free refreshments at Finish Area
  • On Route Feed stations inc water, energy drink, gels, energy bars
  • Fully equipped Race HQ
  • Exhibitors and Expo at Start/Finish
  • Mechanical and Emergency Support including 'Broom Wagon'
  • Electronic Timing
  • Emailed Results

 

 

Click here to enter the Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade
Click here to see who's already entered the Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade
Click here and log in to change your entry details

 

Other things you'll find useful for the day:

To view the Roman Road Challenge route map GO HERE
To view the Croston Crusade route map GO HERE
To view the event notes 
GO HERE


 
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Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade Cycle Sportive 4th June 2017

Click here to enter the Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade

 

Address:
Edge Hill University
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP
 
Date and Time:
Sunday 4th June 2017 - Start 08:30am - 09:00am
 
How is the route marked?
The route will be marked with large fluorescent 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and where deemed necessary road markings will be used. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card, alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link.
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure you bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are particularly important on the descents!
 
Bring tools, spare inner tubes and some money, there is no sweeper wagon so you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties. It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).

What do I need to do on the day?
On the day the start times are between 8.30am and 09.15am, you choose your own start time but a maximum of 20-30 riders are able to start every 2 minutes.
 
Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at feedstops.
 
Times range from 3 hours to 7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 7.30am in the sports hall.
 
At registration you will collect your timing chip and any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
 
The Finish:
Once you have finished the ride a marshal will remove the timing chip from your forks. Please make sure the timing chip has been removed before you head off home as the cost of any missing or lost timing chips is £10.
 
Food Stops:
For the Croston Crusade the drinks station will be at approx 17 miles at The Wheatsheaf on Town Road in Croston.

 

For the Roman Road Challenge the 2 x Drinks Stations will be situated at approx 23 miles at the United Utilities Countryside Ranger Offices next to Great House Barn Tea Room on Rivington Lane – the Tea Room will be open to cyclists.

 

At approx 53 miles at the Sirloin Inn on Station Road in Hoghton www.thesirloin.co.uk/ (turning left into Station Road which will be signposted ‘Drinks Station’ after visiting the stop riders can then rejoin the main route by turning left out of the Pub car park (marshals at the Drinks Station will be able to provide directions but it will also be fully signposted).

 
How much to enter?
Roman Road Challenge £26
Croston Crusade £21
Croston Crusade Youth Entry £15
 
 
Included within your entry fee is:
 
  • Free Custom Design Drinks Bottle for all participants
  • Fully Signposted Routes
  • Free Parking at Start/Finish Area
  • Free Changing Facilities & baggage storage
  • Free refreshments at Finish Area
  • On Route Feed stations inc water, energy drink, gels, energy bars
  • Fully equipped Race HQ
  • Exhibitors and Expo at Start/Finish
  • Mechanical and Emergency Support including 'Broom Wagon'
  • Electronic Timing
  • Emailed Results

 

 

Click here to enter the Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade - ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED
Click here to see who's already entered the Roman Road Challenge & Croston Crusade
Click here and log in to change your entry details

 

Other things you'll find useful for the day:

To view the Roman Road Challenge route map GO HERE
To view the Croston Crusade route map GO HERE
To view the event notes 
GO HERE

 



 

 

 
 
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PRESTON PedalFest Sportive, 23rd July 2017

 
Address:
Avenham Park
Preston
PR1 8JT
 
Date and Time:
Sunday 23rd July 2017, 08:00-10:00am
 
The Distance:
There are 2 routes available:
Long Course - 65 Miles
Short Course - 37 Miles
 
How is the route marked?
Both the long and short route will be marked with fluorescent yellow 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and road markings where applicable. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card. Alternatively you can download the GPS files from the route map link.
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route. Print a route card and description to bring with you.
 
Bring tools, spare inner tubes and anything else you would normally take with you on a long ride. There is a small sweeper wagon should have any mechanical difficulties that cannot be fixed.
 
It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
 
What do I need to do on the day?
On the day the start times are between 08:00am and 10:00am, you should choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes.
 
Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at feed stops. You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 07:00am on the Park. At registration you will collect your timing chip and wristband as well as any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
 
Are there food stops?
There will be a stop situated in Abbeystead. This is for the long route only. The food stop offers a selection of refreshments, to include sandwiches, cakes and hot/cold drinks. There will be a water stop on the short route.
 
Post Ride Refreshments:
There will be a bacon butty and a tea/coffee for all riders at the finish which is included within your entry fee. The Riverside Cafe will also be selling a range of hot & cold food/drinks throughout the day.
 
Family Festival:
There will be activities happening on Avenham Park all day from 11am which are suitable for all the family.
 
Parking:
There are numerous city centre car parks within a 5-10 minute walk. The train station is also only a 5 minute walk from the Park.
 
How old do I have to be?
Minimum age for the long course is 16 years of age.
Minimum age for the short course is 12 years of age. Any riders under the age of 16 on the short course must be accompanied by an adult.
 
How much to enter?
Long Course £25
Short Course £20
Entries close when the event is full or at 12 noon on Thursday 20th July 2017
 
Included within your entry is: 
A well stocked food stop (Long Course Only)
Water stop for the short course only
Free event photographs
Hot finishers food & drink
 
Other things you'll find useful for the day:
For the location of Avenham Park GO HERE
To view the long route card GO HERE (not yet available)
To view the short route card GO HERE (not yet available) 
To view the long route map GO HERE
To view the short route map GO HERE
To view the event notes GO HERE (not yet available)
 
 
 
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PRESTON PedalFest Cycle Sportive, 23rd July 2017

 

 
What is the PRESTON PedalFest?
Preston PedalFest Cycle Sportive is a cycle ride which will take place from Avenham Park, Preston on Sunday 23rd July 2017.
 
There are two routes available and both start from the beautiful Avenham Park, Preston. The long route initially heads out of the park and over towards Mellor and then Whalley, taking in some of the beautiful Ribble Valley lanes and hills. From Whalley you will head out via Great Mitton & then Whitewell before arriving in Dunsop Bridge to tackle the infamous Trough climb. Having earned a food stop you will head down into Abbeystead for a half way feed.
 
Following the food stop the homeward leg skirts around the Forest of Bowland, along some quiet country lanes through Oakenclough and Inglewhite before heading through Broughton and Woodplumpton. From here you will meander your way back to Avenham Park via Preston Docks where you can relax and take in all that Avenham Park has to offer.
 
The short route will follow the same course as the long route until you fork off at Wilpshire via Longridge and over to Inglewhite where it will rejoin the long route back to Preston.
 
The route is undulating, the roads are quiet and the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Full refreshments are available at the half way stop (long route only) and there will be bacon butties & a brew waiting for you at the finish for all riders on both routes. 
 
The long course is 65 miles and the short course is 37 miles.
 
Avenham Park will be the host of lots of other family activities during the day and the Riverside Café will be selling hot & cold food & drinks throughout the event.
 
Address:
Avenham Park
Preston
PR1 8JT
 
Date and Time:
Sunday 23rd July 2017, 08:00-10:00am
 
How is the route marked?
Both routes will be marked with fluorescent yellow 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and road markings where applicable. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card. Alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link.
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes particularly important on the descents! Print a route card and description to bring with you. The route is well marked but this will act as back up and also has the emergency contact numbers on it.
 
Bring tools, spare inner tubes and anything else you would normally take on a long ride. There is a small sweeper wagon should you have a mechanical problem that cannot be fixed.
 
It is compulsory hat you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
 
What do I need to do on the day?:
On the day the start times are between 08:00am and 10:00am, you should choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes.
 
Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at feed stops. Finish times can range from 3-7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 07:00am on Avenham Park.
 
At registration you will collect your timing chip and wristband as well as any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
 
The Finish:
Once you have finished the ride a marshal will remove the timing chip from your forks.
 
Are there food stops?
There will be a stop situated in Abbeystead. This is the long route only. The food stop offers a selection of refreshments, to include sandwiches, cakes and hot/cold drinks.
 
There will be a water stop on the short course.
 
Post Ride Refreshments:
All riders will receive a bacon butty & a tea/coffee at the finish as part of their entry into the event. The Riverside Café will also be serving a range of other hot/cold food & drinks that can be purchased throughout the day.
 
Family Festival:
There will be activities happening on Avenham Park all day from 11am which are suitable for all the family.
 
Parking:
There are numerous city centre car parks within a 5-10 minute walk. The train station is also only a 5 minute walk from the Park.
 
Toilets:
Portable toilets will be available on the park at the start/finish point.
 
How old do I have to be?
Minimum age for the Long Route is 16 years of age.
Minimum age for the Short Route is 12 years of age. Anyone riding the short route who is under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Strava:
Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segments. To be eligible for the Strava Challenge you will need to be a member of our Epic Events Strava Club. You can join the club by CLICKING HERE. Once you are a member, to enter the Strava Challenge you need to upload your bike onto Strava following the event and the winners will be selected randomly. You will have to be quick as the winners will be selected on the Tuesday at noon following the event.
 
How much to enter?
Entry for the PRESTON PedalFest Cycle Sportive Long Course is £25.
Entry for the PRESTON PedalFest Cycle Sportive Short Course is £20.
 
Entry is only available online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with appearance of your name on the entry list. Entries will close at 12 noon on Thursday 20th July or when the event is full. There are no late entries and no entries on the day.
 
Included within your entry is: 
A well stocked food stop (long route)
Water station (short route)
Free event photographs
Hot food at the finish for all competitors
 
Other things you'll find useful for the day:
For the location of Avenham Park GO HERE
To view the long route card GO HERE (not yet available)
To view the short route card GO HERE (not yet available) 
To view the long route map GO HERE
To view the short route map GO HERE
To view the event notes GO HERE (not yet available)
To find out more about the family festival GO HERE (details to be confirmed)
 
 
 
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Le Tour de Bolton Cycle Sportive, 24th September 2017

CLICK HERE TO ENTER LE TOUR DE BOLTON

Address:
Smithills School,
Dean Road,
Bolton,
BL1 6JS
 
Date and Time:
Sunday 24th September 2017
 
08:00am-09:30am
 
Route Options:
There are 2 route options:
1. Le Petit Cours (35 miles)  
2. Le Grande Cours (60 miles)
 
How is the route marked?
The route will be marked with large fluorescent 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and where deemed necessary road markings will be used. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card, alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link. The Le Grande Cours includes the infamous climb of 'The Rake' and takes in the sights of Crown Point. From here the route returns via Darwen and Chorley to tackle the climbs of Anglezarke and Sheep House Lane. The Le Petit Cours takes a more direct route to cut out earlier climbs, but there's no avoiding Anglezarke and Sheep House!
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure you bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are particularly important on the descents! Print the route card and description to bring with you. The route is well marked but this will act as a backup should a sign mysteriously disappear. It also has the emergency contact numbers for the race organisers and first aid. Bring basic bike tools & inner tube spares so you can fix any basic mechanicals however there is a sweeper van should you have something more serious which prevents you from continuing. The sweeper van will be following behind the last rider. It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
 
What do I need to do on the day?
On the day, the start times are between 8.00am and 09.30am, you choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes.Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at feed stops. Times range from 3 hours to 7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive. Registration will be open from 7.00am at Smithills School. At registration you will collect your timing chip and food stop wristband as well as any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
 
Are there Food Stops?
There are no food stops on the Le Petit Cours.
There is a fully stocked food stop on the Le Grande Cours.
 
Refreshments:
Food and drink will be available at the finish for all riders.
 
What is the minimum age to participate:
To ride the 'Le Grande Cours' you must be 16 years old or over on the day of the event. To ride the 'Le Petit Cours' you must be 12 years old or over on the day of the event. Anyone riding the short route who is under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
How much to enter?
£20 - Le Petit Cous
£25 - Le Grande Cours
 
Included within your entry fee is:
A well stocked food stop (Le Grande Cours)
Hot food at the finish
Free event photographs
Fully signed course
 
 

Other things you'll find useful for the day:

For the location of Smithills School GO HERE

To view the Le Petit Cours Card GO HERE

To view the Le Grande Cours Card GO HERE
To view the Le Petit Cours map
 GO HERE

To view the Le Grande Cours map GO HERE


To view the event notes GO HERE

 

 

 

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The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive, April 2018

 

Click here to enter the Lakeland Loop

 
Address:
New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel,
Great Langdale
Cumbria
LA22 9JX
 
Date and Time:
April 2018
08:00am until 09:30am
 
How is the route marked?
The route will be marked with fluorescent yellow ‘CYCLE ROUTE’ signs and road warning signs where applicable. It is advisable to study the route, alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link. 
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure you bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are particularly important on the descents! Print the route card and description to bring with you, the route is well marked but this will act as a back up and also has the emergency contact numbers for the day on it. Bring bike tools, spare inner tubes and some money, there is a small sweeper van following the last riders, but you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties. It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
 
What do I need to do on the day?
You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 7am at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. At registration you will collect your food stop wristband and timing chip. On the day the start times are between 8am and 09:30am, you choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes. The start has to be controlled in this manner for safety reason for both public and riders. Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at food stops. The finish is the same location as the start.
 
Food Stops:
There are two fully stocked food stops on the route serving hot and cold drinks, plus a variety of refreshments.
 
Minimum Age:
You must be 16 years old or over on the day of the event.
  
How much to enter?
£25
 
Included within your entry is:
2 well stocked food stops
Free event photographs
Free event parking
Fully signed course
 
 
Click here to enter the Lakeland Loop
Click here to see who's already entered
Click here and log in to change your entry details
 
Other things you'll find useful:
For the location of New Dungeon Ghyll GO HERE
To view the route Card GO HERE
To view the route map GO HERE
To view the event notes GO HERE
 

 

 

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Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive March 2018

Click here to enter the event
 

Address:
Penrith Leisure Centre
Southend Road
Penrith
CA11 8JH
 
Date and Time:
Sunday March 2018
08:00-10:30am
 
How is the route marked?
The route will be marked with fluorescent yellow 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and road markings where applicable. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card. Alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link.
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes particularly important on the descents! Print a route card and description to bring with you. The route is well marked but this will act as back up and also has the emergency contact numbers on it.
 
Bring tools, spare inner tubes and some money, there is a small sweeper wagon but you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have any mechanical difficulties.
 
It is compulsory hat you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
 
What do I need to do on the day?:
On the day the start times are between 08:00am and 10:30am, you should choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes.
 
Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards he end of the field to avoid early arrival at feed stops. Finish times can range from 3-7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 07:00am at the leisure centre.
 
At registration you will collect your timing chip and wristband as well as any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
 
Are there food stops?
There will be a fully stocked food stop at Appleby Town Hall.
 
Post Ride Refreshments:
Food and drinks are available for all riders inside the leisure centre at the finish. This is included in your entry fee.
 
How old do I have to be?
Minimum age for the event is 16 year of age.
 
How much to enter?
£25
 
Included within your entry is: 
A well stocked food stop
A hot finishers meal
Free event photographs
Fully signed course
  
Click here to enter the event 
Click here to see who's already entered
Click here and log in to change your entry details
 
Other things you'll find useful for the day:
For the location of Penrith Leisure Centre GO HERE
To view the route card GO HERE
To view the route map GO HERE
To view the event notes GO HERE
 
 
 
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The Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive November 2017

Click here to enter the Cumbrian Cracker (not currently available)
 

Date and Time:
Sunday November 2017
07:30am - 10:30am
 
Address:
Grasmere Village Hall
Broadgate
Grasmere
Ambleside
LA22 9TA
 
 
How is the route marked?
The route will be marked with large fluorescent 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and where deemed necessary road markings will be used. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card, alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link.
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure you bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are particularly important on the descents!
 
Print a route card and description to bring with you. The route is well marked but this will act as a back up and also has the emergency contact numbers on it.
 
Bring tools, spare inner tubes and some money, there is no sweeper wagon so you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties. I
 
t is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).

What do I need to do on the day?
On the day the start times are between 7.30am and 10.30am, you choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes.
 
Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at feedstops.
 
Times range from 3 hours to 7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 7.00am in the village hall.
 
At registration you will collect your timing chip and any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
 
Food Stops:
There will be a fully stocked food stop at Cartmel Scout Hut.
 
Refreshments:
Free hot meal finishers meal for all riders.
 
How old do I have to be?
Minimum age for the event is 16 years of age.
 
How much to enter?
£25
 
Included within your entry fee is:
 
A well stocked food stop
Hot food at the finish
Free event photographs
Fully Signed Course
 

Click here to enter the Cumbrian Cracker (not currently available)
Click here to see who's already entered
Click here and log in to change your entry details

 

Other things you'll find useful for the day:

For the location of Grasmere Village Hall GO HERE

To view the route Card GO HERE
To view the route map GO HERE
To view the event notes 
GO HERE
To view the parking instructions GO HERE

 
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Le Tour De Bolton 24th September 2017

 

What is the event?
The 2017 Le Tour De Bolton Cycle Sportive is a cycle ride that takes place from Smithills School, Bolton and promises to be a great day out in Lancashire.  
  
Address:
Smithills School,
Dean Road,
Bolton,
BL1 6JS
 
Date and Time:
Sunday 24th September 2017 - 08:00am-09:30am
 
Route Options:
There are 2 route options and distances on the day (please note that cycle helmets are compulsory for either route):
1. Le Petit Cours (35 miles)  
2. Le Grande Cours (60 miles)
 
How is the route marked?
The route will be marked with fluorescent yellow ‘CYCLE ROUTE’ signs and road warning signs where applicable. It is advisable to study the route, alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link. 
 
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure you bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are particularly important on the descents! Print the route card and description to bring with you. The route is well marked but this will act as a backup should a sign mysteriously disappear. It also has the emergency contact numbers for the race organisers and first aid. Bring basic bike tools and inner tube spares so that you can fix any basic mechanicals along the way however there is a sweeper van should you encounter something more serious that prevents you from continuing. It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
 
What do I need to do on the day?
On the day, the start times are between 8.00am and 09.30am, you choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes. Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at feed stops. Times range from 3 hours to 7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive. Registration will be open from 7.00am at Smithills School. At registration you will collect your timing chip and food stop wristband as well as any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
 
The Finish:
Once you have finished the ride a marshal will remove the timing chip from your forks.
 
Refreshments:
Food and drink will be available at the finish for all riders.
 
Are there Food Stops?
There are no food stops on the short route so please carry provisions. There will be a food stop on the Le Grande Cours with a selection of refreshments, hot and cold drinks. For a more accurate description of the food stop location view the route card below. There will also be a free meal at the finish for all riders.
 
Parking:
There is free event parking at the School and on the roadside.
 
Toilets:
Toilets will be available at the registration point.
 
What is the minimum age to participate:
To ride the 'Le Grande Cours' you must be 16 years old or over on the day of the event. To ride the 'Le Petit Cours' you must be 12 years old or over on the day of the event.  Anyone riding the short route who is under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Strava 
Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segments. To be eligible for the Strava Challenge you will need to be a member of our Epic Events Strava Club. You can join the club by CLICKING HERE.  Once you are a member, to enter the Strava Challenge you need to upload your bike ride onto Strava following the event. The winners will be selected randomly. You will have to be quick as the winners will be selected on the Tuesday following the event. 
 
How much to enter?
Entry for the Le Petit Cours is £20
Entry for the Le Grande Cours is £25.
 
Entry is only available online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with the appearance of your name on the entry list. Entries will close at 12 noon on Thursday 21st September 2017 or when the event is full. There are no late or on the day entries. 
 
Included within your entry fee is:
A well stocked food stop (Le Grande Cours)
Hot food at the finish
Free event photographs
Fully signed route
 
 

Other things you'll find useful for the day:

For the location of Smithills School GO HERE

To view the Le Petit Cours Card GO HERE

To view the Le Grande Cours Card GO HERE
To view the Le Petit Cours map
 GO HERE

To view the Le Grande Cours map GO HERE


To view the event notes GO HERE (not yet available)

 

 

 

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