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%.
What do I need to do on the day?
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).
- 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
Other things you'll find useful for the day:
To view the event notes GO HERE