Distance: 124.6km/ 77.4miles
Climbing: 1,492m/ 4,900ft
Ride Time: 5 – 8 hours
Feed Stations: 2
Registration from 07:00 – 09:00
Ride Start 08:00 – 09:00
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At 77 miles and nearly 5,000ft of climbing the Daffodils Medium route is designed for the regular Sportive Ride who hasn’t quite got to their full season fitness yet or the progressing rider looking for something achievable to start his season. The ride is long enough to test the fitness but is without any horrible lung busting climbs. It stays away from the exposed Blakey Ridge, just in case the Spring isn’t quite in full flow yet!
From Thirsk we head out on quiet Country roads, cresting the bottom of White Horse Bank, a main feature in a later Velo29 Event. We ride through Ampleforth and remember the 2012 National Road Race Championship and Ian Stannard’s impressive victory before heading across the Vale of Pickering to Farndale. Still riding with the long route we chance upon the amazing and famous “Surprise View”, opening in front of our eyes as we leave Gillamoor. This was a favourite rest stop of mine on this very route.
We then descend into Farndale and hope for some Daffodils! As we ride the bumpy but rolling roads most riders will be amazed they don’t spend more time here on these beautiful sheltered lanes. Before long we’ll reach the feed at Farndale Village Hall, a hut donated after being used in World War 2! From then we start to ascend Blakey Bank but will be happy to say “good-bye” to the long route riders at the half way point. We turn right to head towards Hutton-le-Hole but the long route continues all the way to the top, for them a real challenge followed by the drag to Ralph Cross on Blakey ridge.
The medium route rolls quickly towards Hutton-le-Hole, a short sharp climb out the village and then it’s a dash back across to Kilburn, picking up the feed zone in Hovingham on the way home.
You’ll know you’ve ridden 77 miles but you’ll head home feeling you’ve put some quality miles in the legs early season on some amazing roads. Grab your goody bag and a shower and massage then some snacks before heading home for a well-deserved rest.