Distance: 126.6km / 78.6miles
Climbing: 1,256m / 4,121ft
Ride Time: 4 – 7 hours
Feed Stations: 2
Registration 07:00 – 09:00
Depart 08:00 – 09:00
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The Buttertubs medium route is a deceptively tough ride!
At 126km and 1,256m of climbing the stats are not huge however it’s a challenge and you’ll certainly know you’ve had a big day out. The start and finish are not too tough however from 30 to 60km are really tough with a beast of a climb thrown in!
The start is pleasant on small quiet roads with not a car in sight, we leave and head towards the lovely Village Green of Scorton. Here we join a bit bigger road for a short period however don’t expect much traffic at this hour on a Saturday!
We pass through Brompton on Swale and start to drag up towards Richmond. We descend into the Town and head right on what was the roll-out of the Richmond Grand Prix. The road descends towards the river Swale on leaving the Town and immediately the scenery is stunning! It’s a fast piece of road until we cross the River and start the drag up towards Reeth. We ride through the trees on what feels like a fast road surface, there are some great sweeping bends as we roll up and down through the Valley. It’s one of our favourite roads!
Soon the scenery opens up and we start the more noticeable climb across the moor towards Reeth. It’s tough in places though nothing lung busting, not until we reach Reeth anyway! Here we turn left and climb the wall that is Cote de Grinton Moor! We are riding in the opposite direction to the 2014 Tour de France and in our opinion, it’s a tougher climb. The steepest part is the middle, the top does flatten out a little and you’ll be grateful of this on the day. It’s the only major climb so dig and and the summit will soon be in sight.
Before the climb there is a slight dog-leg to reach the feed station at The Dales Bike Centre. It’s a great facility and worth the 300m diversion.
From the top of “Cote de Grinton Moor” we have what must be the longest descent in the area. For 20km until we reach Bedale, it’s downhill all the way!
We rejoin the long route riders in Leyburn and head towards Northallerton. We pickup the 2nd feed in Middleham, it’s up in the Town near the Castle. A lovely location and a welcome rest.
Just before the busy Market Town of Northallerton we turn left onto some of our favourite training roads. Flat and fast they remind us of racing in Belgium some years ago.
Now the end is in sight, we hit East Cowton, cross the main road and we are back on the roads we started on, into HQ and across the line for the end of a great days ridding.