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GYRO Sportive Long Route
12th October 2019
HQ New GNAAS Base, Progress House, Urlay Nook Road, Stockton on Tees, TS16 0QB
Registration: 0600 – 0650
Distance: 152.1miles / 224.7km
Elevation: 8901ft / 2713meters
Ride Time: 7 – 13 hrs
Feeds: Middleton in Teesdale, Langwathby and Dales Bike Centre
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GNAAS Yearly Ride Out – ‘Base to Base Challenge’ route 150miles (242.3km
The ride is billed as a base to base challenge and is an audacious attempt at linking the 2 air bases used by the Great North Air Ambulance to serve the people of the North East and Cumbria.
Departing from the new state of the art base and training facility in Teesside, riders will soon be on quiet roads (many designated as national cycleways) heading for the picturesque roads of Teesdale. It is from here that the challenge really begins as rides ascend through the climbs of the Pennines, past Langdon Beck towards Garygill and the epic views of Hartside…
The tough climb is rewarded with a fast flowing descent through the stunning Eden valley towards the second airbase at Langwathby. The decent will be a welcome reprieve on the legs and GNAAS volunteers will be waiting to support riders and provide refreshment as they reach this turning point.
Leaving Langwathby, riders get to enjoy quiet picturesque roads and rolling country side as they head towards Appleby-In-Westmorland and then Kirkby Stephen. Kirkby Stephen signals the start of the final major climb and once riders have topped out at 500m on Barras Brow they will know that it’s predominantly downhill to home again through quiet rolling roads.
The ride will finish back at the airbase in Teesside completing the base-base challenge loop. Participants will be welcomed back by fundraisers and families to a warm welcome and generous refreshment, with a significant part of the entry fee going direct to the provision of life saving medical care, they can also basque in the glory of being part of something bigger!
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