Epic Cycle Sportives

The 'Bolton Bash Cycle Sportive' September 2015

What is the Bolton Bash Sportive?

 

The 2015 Bolton Bash sportive takes place from Smithills School, Bolton and promises to be a great day out in Lancashire.

 

Free parking will be on the day and registration will take place at the school and leisure centre. Whilst the route is marked/signed, 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 reach the finish line. 

 

On the morning of the event the Eagley brass band from Bolton (http://www.eagleyband.co.uk/) will be playing live to entertain riders as you prepare for the challenge!

 

What's the 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. There will be some traffic control in place on the route, but there are no road closures and you must follow the highway code throughout the duration of the route. 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!

 

Are there food stops?


There are no food stops on the short route so please carry provisions. There will be a 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.


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).


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 7.30am at Smithills School. 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 short event is £15 and for the long event 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. If you are able to enter online, places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full.

 

ENTRIES OPEN JANUARY 2014

 

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

To view the long route Card GO HERE

To view the short route map
 GO HERE
To view the long route map GO HERE

To view the event notes GO HERE
 
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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 £20 and for the short event £15. 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 - OPEN JANUARY 2015

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 Great Langdale Lakeland Loop?

 

The Lakeland Loop takes place on Sunday April 26th 2015, starting from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale. The route is approximately 69 miles and can be described as 'very challenging'. Experienced cyclists will require gear ratio of 39/27, a compact chainset or triple chainset is strongly advised as the hardest climbs are close to the end of the route and are generally reached in a fatigued state. Protective helmets (ANSI standard) are compulsory.

 

How is the route marked?

 

The route will be marked with fluorescent yellow 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and road markings where applicable.

 

Are there food stops?

 

There are 2 food stops on the route serving hot and cold drinks, plus a variety of refreshments.

 

What do I need to do on the day?

 

You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 7.30am at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. At registration you will collect your foodstop wristband and timing chip. Toilets will be available in the hotel and portaloos will also be available in the parking field.


On the day the start times are between 8.00am 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 reasons for both the 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 feedstops. The finish is the same location as the start, refreshments and bar meals are available at the New Dungeon Ghyll.


How will my entry be confirmed?


Entry for the Great Langdale Lakeland Loop is £20 (to include your parking fee) 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 then places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full.

 

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' March 22nd 2015

What is the Eden Valley Epic?

 

The 2015 Eden Valley Epic will take place place from Penrith Leisure Centre, March 22nd 2015. 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 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 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.

 

Stay for the weekend!!


It's an amazing part of the country with some amazing places to stay. Some of the local accommodation providers have agreed to provide discounted rates for cyclists who are participating in the event. The route starts in Penrith and the half way stop is historic Appleby in Westmorland. You can view accommodation for Penrith by CLICKING HERE. Appleby is only a short drive from Penrith, you can see Appleby accommodation by CLICKING HERE.

 

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).


What do I need to do on the day?


On the day the start times are between 8.00am 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 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 Eden Valley Epic is £20 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 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
To see where you can park GO HERE
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'The Endurance Store Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive' November 2015

What is the Cumbrian Cracker?

 

The Cumbrian Cracker takes place from Grasmere Village Hall, 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 £20 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 - ENTRIES OPEN 2015
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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