Velo29 | Primal Europe
9th June 2018
Distance: 159.6km / 99.5miles
Climbing: 1,836m / 6,024ft
Ride Time: 5 – 9 hours
Feed Stations: 2
Registration 07:00 – 09:00
Depart 08:00 – 09:00
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Buttertubs Long Profile
Buttertubs Long 3D View
The Buttertubs long route is exactly what you’d expect from a Velo29 Sportive. Great roads, free from traffic, stunning scenery, some routes you’ve never ridden before and of course……some killer climbs!
At just under 100 miles and 1,836m of climbing, it’s a tough one. The start and end are flat but the middle is a beast, polished off with the Buttertubs KOM, which we ride in the opposite direction to the 2014 Tour de France and in our opinion, it’s a tougher climb this way around.
We depart HQ and immediately onto quiet Country Roads. You can in the distance (on a clear day anyway) see the peaks which we’ll be cresting some hours later! These early roads are lovely and we were congratulating ourselves last year when driving across them deploying the signage!
Richmond is our first port of call, we drag up into the Market Town from Brompton on Swale, our first sighting of the River Swale that will keep us company for much of the day.
From Richmond the scenery is instantly stunning. We descend to the Swale and cross the bridge to start our long drag up towards Reeth. The roads are great, the surface feels fast and as we ride through the trees the roads undulates, there are some nice sweeping bends which are enjoyable even when the road points upwards. It’s a great piece of road.
After some effort and great roads we reach Reeth and bid the medium route riders farewell. They will now tackle “Cote de Grinton”, you won’t be sorry to be missing that one! We call at the first feed station at the excellent Dales Bike Centre.
The drag continues, still on stunning country roads all the way to the base of the Buttertubs. We are riding in the opposite direction to the Tour riders which we believe is a tougher route! The climb starts as we turn left, the first 200m are tough and there is usually a head wind on this section. It flattens a little from here but only briefly as soon we are on the long steep middle part. The view to the right into the valley is one you will not forgot, nor will your legs forget the effort to get to the top! There is a little downhill where only those chasing the keen can find the big ring, the rest of us will be thankful of a respite. We click up the last part and though it’s not that steep, it really does feel it!
From here we are awarded with a beautiful long descent, it’s fast and steep and some skill is needed. Also some care as well, please don’t forget it’s an open road with other roads users admiring the scenery, caution is needed to descend safely.
We drop into the Village of Hawes and then onto Leyburn, there is a kick up into the Village which is really quite steep. From Leyburn to Masham it’s all downhill, we pass through Middleham and the famous castle ruins are in sight. We really do hit every place of note in this great part of the World on this route!
The 2nd feed station is in Middleham at the Key Centre, a short diversion from the main route towards the Castle.
There’s a drag after Masham as we climb away from the River but it’s rewarded with a descent straight after of course! From there it’s pretty much flat all the way to Bedale where we re-join the short route riders and then on towards Northallerton, turning left just before the busy Market Town.
Here we join some of our own favourite training roads. Though you won’t appreciate them so much with the days riding in your legs they are great fast roads as we twist though the fields towards East Cowton and the finish line. It’s a long and straight finish so I’m sure those of you who are chasing a time will fire it up for a sprint!