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Sunday 26th June 2016

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Shorter tour - 51 miles   £25.00   
Longer tour - 92 miles   £30.00   
Event Organiser - Seismic Events

One of the Lakeland Classic Sportives.

Challenge yourself on some of the longest and hardest climbs in the Lakes: Kirkstone via ‘The Struggle’, Dunmail, Red Bank. Blea Tarn, Wrynose, Hardknott, Corney Fell and Dunnerdale Fell.

Set in classic Lakeland Mountain terrain this route will challenge the best climbers! For those who want to build up to the bigger route there is the shorter option. Starting from Coniston follow the road north to Ambleside and after this gentle warm up tackle 'The Struggle' to the top of Kirkstone Pass. A fast descent follows and the route follows the shores of Ullswater to take in the climb of Dockray before turning west towards St. John’s in the Vale. The first feed at the head of Thirlmere signals the gentler climb of Dunmail Raise and continuing south to Grasmere and the little known climb of Red Bank. After a short descent the routes split with the shorter route climbing back over to the finish.

Those on the longer route turn west and head over the next main climb to Blea Tarn before the Queen of Lakeland Climbs: Wrynose Pass from the East! This is followed by the steep bends of Hardknott Pass and on into Eskdale and the second feed of the day. The route continues towards the west coast and before Muncaster Castle turns back and onto the longest climb - Corney Fell. Fast descents lead into the Duddon Valley and Ulpha then over Dunnerdale Fell and onto Broughton Moor before dropping swiftly down to Torver and the final few miles into the finish at Coniston.

  • Event centre - John Ruskin School, Coniston
  • Shorter tour - 51 miles/2000m ascent; Longer tour - 91 miles/over 4000m of ascent!
  • Starts from7:30-9:00am. Registration from 7am
  • Si timing system giving overall time and average speed
  • Fully signed route; route card/emergency contact and mechanic support vehicle
  • Feed Station at 37 miles and 63 miles
  • Parking, showers and hot food included in the entry
  • Event start/finish location (via website)
  • GPS and route map (via website)
  • Event entry fee £25 for the short; £30 for the long
  • This event helps support John Ruskin School
  • This route tackles some of the hardest climbs we recommend a triple or compact chainset

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