What is the Eden Valley Epic?
The 2014 Eden Valley Epic will take place place from Penrith Leisure Centre on March 2nd, 2014. 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.
Other things you'll find useful for the day:
For the location of Penrith Leisure Centre GO HERE
To view the event notes GO HERE (not yet available)
To see where you can park GO HERE (not yet available)