Distance: 141.7km/ 88m
Climbing: 1,796m/ 5,892ft
Ride Time: 6 – 9 hours
Feed Stations: 2
Registration from 07:00 – 09:00
Ride Start 08:00 – 09:00
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The long route at 88 miles and nearly 6,000ft of climbing is without any doubt, a challenging ride. The first 20 miles roll across the quiet lanes of Kilburn and Ampleforth then over to the Vale of Pickering, nothing that an experienced Sportive rider will find a major challenge.
From there though we enter Farndale. The ride drags up towards Gillamoor, on leaving the Village we are presented with “Surprise View” as its locally known. One of the finest in the North Yorkshire moors and quite literally a surprise as we turn left out of Gillamoor and the view across Farndale suddenly appears!
It’s a fast decent followed by some seriously bumpy miles on small roads before the first feed of the day at Farndale Village Hall. The hall was donated after the 2nd World War during which times it was used on official War duties! It’s due to be replaced but more than adequate of our needs.
From the feed we are soon on the major KOM of the day, Blakey Bank. A total of 1.8km of climbing and an elevation gain of 225m to reach 396m above sea level. It’s an average of 12.4% with the steepest section over 20% lasting 200m! To make matters worse, just before the steepest part the medium route splits, many will take the option to bail-out and head home!
On cresting Blakey Bank it’s far from plain sailing as we still need to climb to the top of Blakey Ridge. Passing the great smells of the Lion Inn only makes it tougher and we can promise, it’s always a head wind! We reach Ralph’s Cross and turn right towards Rosedale, mostly downhill for 5 miles, you’ll enjoy this! The views are great, especially at this time of year. Into Rosedale and you’ll be glad to see we go straight through, missing the option of the Rosedale Chimney, a major KOM in the summers Endeavour Sportive.
From then we twist our way through to Hutton-le-Hole to rejoin the Medium route. From this point it’s rolling Country lanes as we make our way back across to Hovingham for the 2nd Feed Zone and then onto Kilburn and home to Thirsk.