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Roman Road Challenge and Croston Crusade

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Sunday 4th June 2017

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Wednesday 19th April 2017
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Thursday 1st June 2017 at 12:00
Roman Road Challenge; Croston Crusade; Croston Crusade Youth Entry
Entry Fees
Roman Road Challenge   £26.00   
Croston Crusade   £21.00   
Croston Crusade Youth Entry   £15.00   
Event Organiser
01257 251217

Are you an Emperor, Centurion or a Gladiator - can you make the grade in 2017??

Now in its 4th edition this extremely popular cycle sportive returns with an increased capacity due to selling out in previous years. The 2017 event retains the TIMED SECTION ON HUNTER'S HILL and this year includes not only the famous ROMAN ROAD CUSTOM DRINKS BOTTLE but also a UNIQUE MEDAL FOR EVERY FINISHER!

The start/finish area on campus at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk will allow riders to make use of the excellent facilities at the barnd new £25mill Sports Centre at Edge Hill Sport - at the Universty of the Year - click here for more info.

The event has been designed in consultation with Harry Middleton Cycling Club and The Bicycle Lounge  both organisations will also be providing an integral part of the event experience on the day. The event will take place using British Cycling 'Non-Competitive Event Guidelines and Best Practice' - available here.

Riders will be started in groups at regular intervals from 0830hrs to avoid congestion on the roads.

The incredibly scenic but testing 82 mile 'Roman Road Challenge' takes riders over Hunter's Hill, Rivington Reservoir, Foxholes, Matchmoor, past Belmont Village and out to Edgworth onto the infamous Roman Road for 6 undulating miles before returning past Tockholes, Brindle, Hillhouse Lane, Walton le Dale, Midge Hall, Croston and Mawdesley. The route has been designed to challenge the most experienced rider and offers over 4500ft of climbing and a maximum gradient of 13% but it will also accomodate riders with less experience due to the fact that much of the climbing takes place in the first 50 miles (see route profile below). This will allow either a very speedy final 30miles or a more leisurely ride back to the finish - dependant on how your legs feel after The Roman Road!

The 36 mile 'Croston Crusade' will follow the same route as the 'Challenge' out of Ormskirk and over Hunter's Hill but then at the 12.5 mile point the 'Crusaders' will head North towards the Eastern edge of Mawdesley/Croston Moss and into Croston then crossing over the River Yarrow, the River Douglas and the Leeds-Liverpool canal as riders head West and then South through Holmeswood and past Mere Sands Wood before travelling though Rufford and back onto the Moss but now on the opposite side. Then past Mawdesley and across Hoscar Moss to return to Edge Hill Sport via Blythe Lane, Castle Lane and Westhead. The route has been designed with the less experienced or younger rider in mind but it will still offer a challenging climb within the first 10miles and over 1100ft of climbing with a maximum gradient of just over 11%.

The club with the highest combined number of finishers across both routes will be presented with the - 'Harry Middleton Trophy'

Each route will see finishers graded into categories as below based upon time taken to complete the course (n.b. there will be a course cut off at 1630hrs which will see the 'Broom Wagon' collect any remaining riders that will not be clear of the course by this time, if however riders prefer to finish the course outside the event jurisdiction this is possible but be aware you may not receive a time due to the Start/Finish area also closing at 1630hrs);

The Roman Road Challenge
Emperor - less than 4h45m
Centurion - 4h45m to 6hrs
Gladiator - 6hrs+

The Croston Crusade
Emperor - less than 2h30m
Centurion - 2h30m to 3h15m
Gladiator - 3h15m+

The event will also include;

  • Free Custom Design Drinks Bottle for all participants
  • Fully Signposted Routes
  • Free Parking at Start/Finish Area
  • Free Changing Facilities & baggage storage
  • Free refreshments at Finish Area
  • On Route Feed stations inc water, energy drink, gels, energy bar
  • Fully equipped Race HQ
  • Exhibitors and Expo at Start/Finish
  • Mechanical and Emergency Support including 'Broom Wagon'
  • Electronic Timing
  • Live results at Race HQ and online
  • Emailed Results

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