Whitby Regatta Sportive
11th August 2018
Distance: 58m / 93.4km
Climbing: 7,014ft / 2,138m
Ride Time: 4 – 6 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
The route profile shows it all, another tough ride from Velo29!
As always, the roads and stunning and there are many little used sections in it. The climbs are lung busting but the descents make them worth it! In fact we believe for a medium route these are our most exciting descents.
Without ever straying too far from Whitby we take in everything that’s wonderful about this lovely part of the World. Straight away, as we rollout past the ships in Whitby harbour we are aware this is a special event. Few Sportives can claim to be part of a 175 year old Regatta!
From the closed section start on top of the Cliff we immediately descend to Sandsend and enjoy the coast line and great beaches. On a quiet morning the view across the sea to the distant cliffs are delightful. Take in the clean salt air too, ready for the soon to come Lythe Bank!
Steep at the bottom and drags at the top, we climb Lythe Bank and disappear into North Yorkshire Moors to spend the next few hours twisting our way through the Villages, hills and moor land.
We climb away from the sea and cross the main Guisborough to Whitby road before descending towards Danby, never far from the River Esk as we pick our way through Esk Valley.
Before reaching Danby though we make a left turn and ride over the ancient Duck’s Bridge. Less than 20 years ago this was the only way to cross the River here before the water splash was built! A modern car would simply be too wide to cross this bridge and certainly too heavy!
We climb past Danby Castle (what’s left of it) and towards Danby Head. It’s a step climb at the top, but not too bad.
From there it’s down one of the best descents in the area into Rosedale, there are fast straights, humps in the road and a tight turn around Bell End Farm…..take care!
In Rosedale we make a left ad climb to Blueworth Beck. Not a well-known climb but a good one, very long and of course, tough! From here we are riding with the long route riders again.
We stay very high across aptly named Egton High Moor where the scenery is simply…….Moor Land, not the most spectacular, unless you really like heather!
Onto Egton Bridge, climb to Egton Cliff and then the very steep descent towards Grossmont. There is a good water crossing here, it was so deep during the course check we couldn’t drive through it, that was in January though! Just in case, there is a foot bridge.
From here we really twist and turn along some lovely little roads, none of them flat though! It might feel that Whitby is in sight but there is still some riding to do!
We take in Goathland, made famous from the TV series Heart Beat. The series was written by a relation of our Event Director, this really is our part of the World.
Onto Beckhole with a steep descent followed by a steep climb but the last significant one of the day. From here we ride close to the Esk again to Slights, over the river, up the bank and into Whitby.
We’ll arrive back to the cliff top where a big public gathering will be to welcome back the riders and find out how it went out on the roads. Bob the Coffee man will be there with a much needed drink!
A great medium route getting you onto some new roads and a new way to enjoy the Whitby Regatta and be part of this historic event.