Stage 1 – The 5 Dales
The 5 Dales was one of our toughest Sportives, not far off the Tour of The Peak. Other than moving the start/ finish to Reeth, there is no change to this bonkers event!
1 mile from the start we tackle Grinton Moor! After 51km we crest The Stang, Then we’ve got Tan Hill, High Peak, Fleet Moss and finally….The Buttertubs from Hawes side.
It’s an appropriately tough opener to the weekend. Struggle on day one and you’re in deep trouble for the rest of the weekend!
We’ve called day 1 The Grinde and you’ll find out why! 190 of the toughest KM in Yorkshire. An amazing start to the weekend.
Stage 2 – The Pennines
(The Hell of The North)
Another tough 100mile + day! Some brand new roads for us as we head North West from Reeth towards the old Pennines HQ of Barnie. We’ve made a few changes to the old route to retain the best bits and throw in some tasty new ones! From Barnard Caste we ride North to Stanhope, we previously rode this section in the other direction in the TOP. This takes us up Bollihope, the 1st of 5 climbs which are over 500m high! We’ve then Crawleyside (475m), Rookhope(510m), Currick (581m), Allenheads (572m) and then the mighty Chapel Fell at 629m high, one of the highest paved roads in the UK! We’ve never ridden over Chapel Fell in a V29 Sportive before. The Captain says it’s a must, take it up with him!
We’ve named this stage ‘The Hell of The North’ as it’s the most Northerly part of the 3 day Tour. A tough day out on its own, a brutal day 2 in this mega tough weekend!
Stage 3 – The Buttertubs
The 3rd and final day, is intentionally the ‘easiest’ but by no stretch is this an easy ride!
The Buttertubs used to start from Darlington so we’ve made a few changes to centre it around Reeth. As it’s the 3rd and final day those changes take in some flatter, less challenging roads.
Of course, the highlight of this ride is The Buttertubs, which we’ve already ridden over once however this time we tackle it from the North (heading South) down into Hawes. The Tubs is a very different climb depending upon which direction you enjoy it from.
It’s a lumpy ride out of The DBC heading West towards Thwaite however once the Tubs are out of the way we enjoy a mostly downhill 80km to the flatter lands of Masham and Northallerton.
The final run back from Richmond to Reeth is one of the best pieces of cycling roads in the UK! Well known from The Richmond GP, The TDF Grand Depart, The TDY and now, notably your new mega challenge, 3 Days in Hell!