Brought to you by WHEELBASE and Pennine Events, Ride the Lakes is a challenging cycle sportive that takes in some of the finest roads in the Lake District. With three route options to choose from, there is a distance to suit every rider and stunning scenery on offer on each ride. Ride the Lakes follows roads ridden by the pros in Britain’s biggest professional bike race - Tour of Britain. The ride sees the cyclists traverse the Lake District from south to north, culminating in a summit finish on Whinlatter Pass. The climb features as one of several tough ascents in our sportive route, along with the aptly named The Struggle.
Location: Kendal RUFC, Shap Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6NY
Route Options: 12 / 75 / 100 miles
Event Date: Sunday 15 September 2019
Event Start Time: 08:00am
On The Day Registration Opens: 07:00am
Family Route (12 miles) : Entry on the day only and start time 1pm - 3pm.
Setting off from Kendal rugby club, the routes wind along quiet country lanes towards the village of Staveley and enters the Lake District national park. At this point the short route splits off and follows its own course along more meandering lanes back towards the event HQ, covering a family-friendly 12 miles in total. The medium and long routes continue further into the Lakes and towards the first major ascent of the day, the Kirkstone Pass.
At 454m, the riders will climb to the highest point of the day and then be rewarded with some spectacular views on the descent towards Brotherswater. Following the shores of Ullswater, the route continues north with a gradual ascent to Matterdale End followed by a steady descent.
Keswick sees the first feed station of the day. It is from here that the long and medium courses split, as the long continues west onto the climb of Whinlatter Pass and the medium reaches its halfway point and begins to turn for home. After climbing Whinlatter, the long course heads north-west through Cockermouth, along the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake of returns for its second feed stop back in Keswick.
The long course then rejoins with the medium and heads south from Keswick onto the climb of Chestnut Hill. Following the A591, the route rolls nicely through the centre of the national park, alongside the impressive Thirlmere reservoir and towards Ambleside for the major challenge of the day. The Struggle starts steep and rarely relents as it ascends from the centre of town for almost 5km with extended sections above 20%. The pro peloton took on this classic Lakeland climb in the 2016 Tour of Britain as huge crowds gathered to watch the world’s strongest riders grind up its killer slopes. Make sure you’ve saved some gas as this climb is seriously tough.
Once at the top of The Struggle it’s mostly downhill to the finish line where there’ll be a hot meal and post-ride refreshments for the exhausted riders. Ride the Lakes offers big challenges backed up with big rewards and a mega day on the bike.
Fully risk assessed and professionally managed route.
Route support available throughout the event
Event control support to help you on route.
Well stocked feed stations.
Well signed route course.
Mechanical and medical support on route.
A hot meal and post-ride refreshments at the finish.
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