I have received information about a sportive organised by Sedburgh School - please see details below. Janet
The third Sedbergh Sportive takes place on 17th May 2015 offering 3 distances of 30, 55 and 70 miles incorporating the “Côte de Buttertubs” as featured in the 2014 Tour de France
Entry fees of £25, £30 and £35. Go to www.sedberghschool.org/foundation to enter online.
Info for Riders:
This event caters for all levels of keen cyclist although the 70 mile route including the Buttertubs climb featured on the first day of the Tour de France stage in Yorkshire is extremely challenging with over 5400 ft (2,000m) of ascent and a hilly or undulating route along nearly all of the 70 miles. Only experienced and fit cyclists should attempt this route. The scenery is second to none however!
The course goes from Sedbergh along Garsdale towards Hawes but turning off up the Buttertubs pass to Keld and over spectacular moorland towards Kirkby Stephen, joining with the 55 mile route at Nateby.
The shorter 55 mile route misses out the Buttertubs climb, follows the first 15 miles of the 30 mile route before joining the long route at Nateby. It is still a challenging ride from Garsdale and across the open moorland to Kirkby Stephen then out to the furthest northerly point at Burrells near Appleby before heading back through Orton to Ravenstonedale and then returning to Sedbergh.
The short 30 mile ride follows the same route as the last two years, heading along Garsdale from Sedbergh, then towards Kirkby Stephen but cutting off at Pendragon Castle to head up to the Fat lamb at Ravenstonedale and again joining up with the other two routes back to Sedbergh along the valley taking in the stunning sight of Cautley Spout on the way.
The event has been described as “the best signposted event I have ever done, great organisation and stunning scenery”
Will be followed by a free BBQ.
Come and give it a try you won’t be disappointed!