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The 'Bolton Bash Cycle Sportive' September 20th 2015

What is the event?

The 2015 Bolton Bash sportive takes place from Smithills School, Bolton and promises to be a “reet grand” day out in Lancashire. There will be free parking on the day and registration will take place at the school/leisure centre. The routes are fully signed, however it is worth noting that the roads are not closed and you will be required to follows the rules of the road, stopping at junctions and traffic lights on the course. This is a non-competitive 'cycle challenge' event and you can start any time between 8:30am and 10:30am. At registration you will be given a timing chip which is attached to your bike. As you roll across the start line your personal timing will start and then finish as you return back to the finish line. 

  

Address:

Smithills School,

Deane Road,

Bolton,

BL1 6JS

 

Date and Time:

Sunday 20 September 2015 - 08:30am-10:30am

 

Route Options:

There are 2 route options and distances on the day (please note that cycle helmets are compulsory for either route):

1. It'll Be Reet (35 miles)  

2. Ecky Thump (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 long route 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 shorter option 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 and some money, there is a sweeper van but you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties or become too tired to continue. 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 10.00am, 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 7.30am 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 long route 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 free refreshments 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.

 

How much to enter?

Entry for the short event is £20 and for the long event 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.

 

Strava 

New for this year is the Strava Challenge. Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segment. 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.

  

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE BOLTON BASH

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO'S ALREADY ENTERED

CLICK HERE TO CHANGE YOUR ENTRY DETAILS

 

Other things you'll find useful for the day:

For the location of Smithills School GO HERE

To view the short route Card GO HERE (not yet available)

To view the long route Card GO HERE (not yet available)
To view the short route map
 GO HERE

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

 

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The 'Ride for Michael Bonney Cycle Sportive' October 4th, 2015

What is the Ride for Michael Bonney Sportive

The 2015 Ride for Michael Bonney will take place place from Penrith Leisure Centre on October 4th 2015. There are 2 route options on the day, the long route is approximately 60 miles and the short route approximately 30 miles. Both routes start from Penrith Leisure Centre in Cumbria. The long route initially heads South towards Orton village before looping North to Appleby in Westmorland for the half way food stop.Following the food stop the homeward leg then weaves it's way through fantastic cycling lanes, via Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby. The route is undulating but does not climb any major hills or mountains. The short route initially follows the same roads as the long route, but splits at Morland Village, taking a shorter route to rejoin the long route at Milburn. The roads are very quiet, super scenic and well worth the trip! Full refreshments are available at the half way stop and also at the finish. Protective helmets are compulsory. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Michael Bonney fund and Epic kidz charity, supporting volunteer groups throughout the North West.

 

Who's Michael Bonney?

On March 3rd 2013, while taking part in his local Eden Valley sportive, Michael Bonney fell off his bike, just like we all do. Only this time, instead of jumping up and laughing it off, Michael suffered a life changing injury. Attended to by doctors at the scene of the accident, he was then flown by air ambulance to a specialist unit where he was diagnosed with a severed spinal cord at the C3 vertebrae. The result is that Michael is now tetraplegic - paralysed from the neck down, requiring a ventilator to breath. To all who know him personally or professionally, even to those who just know him by reputation, the news of his accident was devastating.

There is however, a glimmer of good news! Michael is a man with more determination and ‘gusto’ than most. In the weeks following his accident he has progressed considerably faster than any of the medical staff would have predicted. Each goal he achieves is the starting point to his next target. We want to spread the word through the 'Ride for Michael Bonney' campaign - we have big plans and we want people to get out on their bikes for all kinds or reasons, not just for Michael.

 

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.

 

Are there food stops?


There will be a food stop at Appleby in Westmorland with a selection of refreshments, hot and cold drinks. For a more accurate description of the food stop location view the route card below.


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. Bring tools, spares and some money, there is a sweeper wagon 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).

 

How old do I have to be?

 

Minimum age for the long route is 16 years of age and for the short route 12 years of age. Those completing the shorter route who are under the age of 16, should be accompanied by an adult throughout the course.


What do I need to do on the day?


On the day the start times are between 8.30am and 10.00am, 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 Penrith Leisure Centre. At registration you will collect your event number and any other information necessary on the morning of the event.


How will my entry be confirmed?


Entry for the long event is £25 and for the short event £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. If you are able to enter online, places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full.

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE 'RIDE FOR MICHAEL BONNEY'

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO'S ALREADY ENTERED

CLICK HERE 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 for the long route GO HERE
To view the route card for the short route
GO HERE

To view the route map for the long course
GO HERE
To view the route map for the short course GO HERE
To view the event notes GO HERE - NOT YET AVAILABLE
 
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'The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive' Sunday April 26th, 2015

What is the Lakeland Loop Sportive?

The Lakeland Loop Sportive is a challenging cycling sportive that takes place in April 2016.  Starting from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale, the Loop is approximately 69 miles long, taking in some of the finest views of the Lake District and some its most challenging climbs. Experienced cyclists will require a gear ratio of 39/27, a compact chainset or triple chainset is strongly advised as the hardest climbs to the end of the route and are generally reached in a fatigued state. Protective helmets (ANSI standard) are compulsory.

 

Address:

New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel,

Great Langdale

Cumbria

LA22 9JX

 

Date and Time:

April 2016 - starts from 08:00am until 10:30am

 

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. Bring bike tools, spares 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 10:30am, 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 food stops on the route serving hot and cold drinks, plus a variety of refreshments.

 

The Finish:

Once you have crossed under the red finish gantry, a marshal will remove the timing chip from your forks. 

 

Post Event Refreshments:

Food and drinks are available at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Please feel free to pop in and treat yourself to a well deserved pint and refuel with something from their extensive and delicious food menu.

 

Parking:

There is free event field parking at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

 

Toilets:

Toilets will be available in the hotel and portable toilets will also be available in the parking field.

 

Places to Stay:

Baysbrown Farm Campsite is just over 1.5 miles away from the start/finish and makes for a nice pre ride warm up/cool down.  Baysbrown Farm Campsite, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9JR. Telephone: (015394) 37150. If you are riding the Lakeland Loop, and camping at their site, Baysbrown Farm Campsite have agreed to let you keep you tent up on the Sunday until after you have finished your ride, so no early morning panic packing away.  You can also leave your vehicle on their site so you can ride to the event and avoid having to queue for event parking.  Also, you are welcome to use their shower facilities etc post ride to ensure you are clean, dry and comfortable before you venture home.  Just quote "Epic Events Lakeland Loop" when you arrive and book in.

 

Strava:

New for this year is the Strava Challenge. Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segment. 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, and 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 Great Langdale Lakeland Loop is £25. You can only enter online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation email coupled with appearance of your name on the entry list.

 

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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'The Endurance Store Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive' 6 March 2016

What is the Eden Valley Epic?

The 2016 Eden Valley Epic will take place from Penrith Leisure Centre, 6 March 2016.

 

The route is just short of 60 miles and starts from Penrith Leisure Centre in Cumbria. The route initially heads South towards Orton village before looping north to Appleby in Westmorland for the half way food stop.

 

Following the food stop the homeward leg then weaves its way through fantastic cycling lanes, via Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby.

The route is undulating but does not climb any major hills or mountains. The roads are very quiet, super scenic and well worth the trip! Full refreshments are available at the half way stop and also at the finish. Protective helmets (ANSI standard are compulsory.

 

Address:

Penrith Leisure Centre

Southend Road

Penrith

CA11 8JH

 

Date and Time:

Sunday 6 March 2016, 08:30-10:30am

 

Accommodation:

The event starts in the historic town of Penrith and stops in the ancient market town of Appleby. It's an amazing part of the country with some amazing places to stay. You can see Penrith accommodation here: http://www.discoverpenrith.co.uk/ you can see Appleby accommodation here: http://www.applebytown.org.uk/ 

 

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 he route, brakes particularly important on the descents! Print a route card and description to bring wit you, the route is well marked but this will act as back up and also has the emergency contact numbers.

 

Bring tools, spares and some money, there is a 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 08:30am 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.

Times 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.

 

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 Appleby in Westmorland. The food stop offers a selection of refreshments, hot and cold drinks.

 

Refreshments:

Food and drinks are available for riders inside the leisure centre. This is included in your entry fee.

 

Parking:

There is free parking at Ullswater College situated next door to the leisure centre. There are places to park roadside and there are also many pay and display car parks in the town centre that charge £1 for a full days parking.

 

Toilets:

Toilets wll be available inside the leisure centre.

 

How old do I have to be?

Minimum age for the event is 16 year of age.

 

How much to enter?

Entry for the Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive is £25. 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.

 

Strava:

Along the course there will bean opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segment. To 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 and run 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 following the event.

 
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 (not yet available)
 
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'The Endurance Store Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive' 15 November 2015

What is the Cumbrian Cracker?

The Cumbrian Cracker takes place from Grasmere Village Hall, 15 November 2015. The route is just short of 60 miles and heads South along the shores of Coniston to the feed stop at Cartmel Scout Hut.

Following the feed stop the Northern leg then weaves it's way through fantastic cycling lanes, returning via Grizedale forest, Hawkshead and Ambleside. The route is undulating but does not climb any of the major passes, the roads in South Lakeland are some of the best you will ever ride and well worth the trip! Hot food is available for everyone at the finish. Protective helmets (ANSI standard) are compulsory for this event.

 

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.

 

Are there food stops?

There will be a food stop at Cartmel with a selection of refreshments, hot and cold drinks. For a more accurate description of the food stop location view the route card below.


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. Bring tools, spares 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 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 event number and any other information necessary on the morning of the event.


How will my entry be confirmed?

Entry for the Cumbrian Cracker is £25 and 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. If you are able to enter online, places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full.

 

Click here to enter the Cumbrian Cracker
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 - NOT AVAILABLE
To view the route map GO HERE
To view the event notes 
GO HERE - NOT AVAILABLE
To view the parking instructions GO HERE - NOT AVAILABLE

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