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Whitby Regatta Sportive
10th August 2019
Distance: 53.9 miles / 86.7 km
Elevation: +5156ft / +1517m
Max Gradient: 16%
Ride Time: 4 – 6 Hours
Registration: 07:00 – 08:00
Feed 1 & 2: Lealholm Village Car Park, YO21 2AH at 14.7m / 23.6km & 39.5m / 63.5km
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A Beginner’s Guide to Sportive Riding
What to Expect in a Velo29 Sportive
Not long after the long route participants have departed the medium route follows the same course for the 1st 16miles.
The Velo29 Whitby Regatta Sportive has its Grand Depart close to the iconic Whale Bones on Whitby’s West Cliff. Heading North through the beautiful seaside village of Sandsend all routes tackle the climb of Lythe Bank at 2.7miles into the route. The new routes include the climb of Ellerby Bank at 9 miles in. From there all the routes head across the A171 and drop down into the picturesque village of Lealholm for the first feed stop which include award winning pork pies.
It is here we have our first route split so look out for your correct route after the feed station.
From Lealholm the medium heads along classic North Yorkshire Moors roads through the gorgeous villages of Danby and Castleton after which you will climb the Castleton/Hutton Le Hole road to Ralphs Cross, the symbol of The North York Moors National Park, where the medium and long split. A fantastic descent now awaits you into Rosedale but don’t panic no Chimney Bank today instead you take a left and head back over the moor roads to Lealholm for a second feed stop
Up out of Lealholm after the feed then dropping into Glaisdale and down to the River Esk BUT! be careful on the descent as it is fast with a tight turn under the bridge. You will now pass Beggar’s Bridge built by Thomas Ferris in 1619. Make sure you are in the correct gear as you will almost immediately be faced with the formidable Limber Hill which is a short sharp shock.
You now have a lovely ride through Egton and great descent into Grosmont the home of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (used as the Hogwarts Express in the Harrry Potter films). Crossing the railway there is a short climb out of the village which bares left and continues along the road to Slights then you follow the River Esk into Ruswarp where you cross the river and take the quiet Larpool Lane back into Whitby where you can enjoy a free beer, sausage bun and massage.