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Whitby Regatta Sportive
Short Route
10th August 2019

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Distance: 29.2 miles / 47.1 km

Elevation: +2957ft / +901m
Max Gradient: 16%

Ride Time: 2 – 4 hours

Price: £20.00

Registration: 07:00 – 08:15

Start: 08:30

Feed 1: Lealholm Village Car Park, YO21 2AH at 14.7m / 23.6km

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The short route begins after the Medium & Long have set off but takes in the same course, starting 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 all 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 short (but challenging route) heads along classic North Yorkshire Moors roads into lovely 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.

Whitby Regatta Lythe Bank

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