Whitby Regatta Sportive
11th August 2018
Distance: 78.5m / 126.4km
Climbing: 9.087ft / 2,770m
Ride Time: 5 – 8 hours
Registration 07:00 – 08:30
Depart 08:00 – 09:00
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A Beginner’s Guide to Sportive Riding
What to Expect in a Velo29 Sportive
As always with a Velo29 long route, the Regatta offers some of the most challenging climbs and a distance to test the most seasoned Sportive rider.
It’s another great route and every mile counts. We really work hard to never have long boring sections of road which exist just to reach a climb or a land mark. In the Regatta long we are very happy with the results!
The HQ and Start/ Finish is on the road near the Famous Whale Bone. We’ve got a closed section of road where the riders will be briefed and will depart under our new gantry!
The route becomes immediately spectacular, we descend down to Sandsend and ride along the sea front with stunning views of the cliffs across the water. At this time in the morning it looks wonderful and the salt air fills the lungs with energy ready for the ride ahead.
Don’t get carried away though as soon we are presented with Lythe Bank where will climb sharply away from the coast and start our day twisting and turning through the North Yorkshire Moors.
The roads twist upwards past farms and hamlets until we cross the Guisborough to Whitby main road and descend towards Egton. The route picks up the River Esk, a main feature of this Sportive and never far away.
We twist through Eskdale towards Danby where we part company with the medium route riders. They ride over the historic Duck’s Bridge as we continue through the valley to Danby then Castleton.
The route is bumpy until we reach Castleton, here we take a right through the Village, descend to cross the River and pass the aptly named ‘Esk Inn’ before being hit with a stinker of a climb in Castleton Bank! We are now in the serious climbing section! Castleton Bank climbs under the Esk Valley railway and up to the top of the moors. It’s steep at the bottom and long.
A fast and exciting decent to Commondale followed by 2 short shape climbs then down to the ford of Hob Hole, a short steep blast away from the ford and then a climb we’ve wanted to include for years, Westerdale Bank! This is the area we grew up in and the climbs we suffered as a young racing cyclist, looking for a good training route. Today it’s your turn!
We ride through the Village of Westerdale, already going up hill but you can now see what lies ahead!
Westerdale bank is long, steep and exposed and to make it worse, it false flats at the top before a sting in the tail! One of the toughest climbs in the NY Moors and one you’ll always remember.
We reach Ralph’s cross (the rebuilt version after vandalism some years back) and continue down Blakey Ridge towards Hutton-le-Hole where we make a right and over to Cropton. Don’t be tempted to stop off in the Lion Inn! The beer is great but won’t help you today.
Next stop is Rosedale and another serious climb to Blueworth Beck. It’s really steep half way and again at the top. It’s a climb rarely used but a really good one. On the top of the moor it’s pretty much just moor land, interesting if you really like heather!
Soon we descend to Grosmont but turn right at the bottom of one of the fastest and most technical descents in the area. You’ll need to cross the ford here, your choice if you choose water or the foot bridge! In January whilst checking the route we couldn’t drive through it!
Some lovely little roads not many will have seen as we head over to the home of TV drama Heart Beat and then blast down to Beckhole, then immediately back up again!
The end is insight now. Some lovely roads as we twist down towards Sleights and again cross our good friend for the day, the river Esk. There is a final test as we leave Sleights in a rotten little climb but soon we are in Whitby riding through the big Regatta crowds like a star finishing the Tour de Yorkshire!
A great new Sportive and part of a wonderful historic Regatta weekend. It’s even an event you can bring the family too and leave them to enjoy the Regatta whilst you have a great day out on the bike.
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