A hilly 100 kilometre ride from Hebden Bridge, into the Ribble Valley, with a generous time limit based on a minimum speed of 12 kph and a maximum of 24 kph.
The event forms part of the West Yorkshire CTC Events Programme and is registered with the CTC Tourist Competition. There is an entry fee of £4.50 for members of Audax UK or CTC. In order to obtain public liability cover, people who are not members of these organizations need to take out temporary membership of Audax UK. Full details are on the entry form.
The route covers approximately 100 km, taking you from the heart of West Yorkshire over the hills into Lancashire, and back again, with a generous time allowance for completion. There is a minimum average speed required of 12 kph and a maximum of 24 kph, giving an upper time limit of 8 hours 20 minutes for completion.
Brief route details are as follows: –
Hebden Bridge – Heptonstall – Burnley – Fence – Sabden – Clitheroe – Waddington – Slaidburn – Grindleton – Chatburn – Downham – Nelson – Heptonstall – Hebden Bridge.
A contour count by Steve Snook (thanks, Steve!) suggests that there is a total of 2555 metres of ascent which makes the event worth 2.5 AAA points.
(Maps: OS Landranger 104 or Bartholomews: West Yorkshire)
Start/Finish and Parking
There will be refreshments available at the start, and food available at the finish of the event.
The start and finish will be at our event HQ at Mytholmroyd Sports and Community Centre, on Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, just off the A646 and approximately 1 mile from Hebden Bridge, which has a large car park and is also easily accessible by rail (cycle-carrying trains stop hourly at Mytholmroyd from both Leeds and Manchester, and more frequently at Hebden Bridge).
Anybody intending to take part who requires accommodation in the area either before or after the event should contact the Tourist Information Office in Hebden Bridge (01422 843831). There is also a Youth Hostel at Mankinholes (01706 812340), approximately 4 miles away.
If you have any problems obtaining accommodation or if you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me, either by email, or by phone (01422 832853). We look forward to seeing you on the day.
Route Sheet and GPX file
Photos from previous years. Please let me know if you would like an uncompressed version of any of these.