Whitby Sportive Long Route

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Whitby Sportive
Long Route
6th June 2020

Ride Statistics

Distance: 80.6 miles / 129.7 km
Elevation: 1376 feet / 419.4 metres
Climbing: 7147 feet / 2178.4 metres
Ride Time: 5 – 8 hours
Price: £30.00
Registration: 07:00 – 07:45
Briefing: 07:50

Feed 1 & 3: Lealholm Village Car Park, YO21 2AH at 14.7m / 23.6km & 64.5m / 103.6km
Feed 2: Cropton Village Hall, YO18 2HL at 50.0m / 80.4km

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Long route riders will set off first in the Whitby Grand Depart and follow the road along West Cliff. Heading North through the beautiful seaside village of Sandsend all routes tackle the climb of Lythe Bank at 2.7miles. The routes now include the climb of Ellerby Bank at 9 miles in. From there everyone head across the A171 and drops 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 long and medium route 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. The Long route goes past the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge but no stopping for a pint as the descent of Blakey Bank awaits dropping you down into Farndale where our other sportive The Daffodils gets its name from. A fantastic road brings you out at Hutton Le Hole before you head over the A170 for some climbing respite before the second feed at Cropton. From here you travel to Rosedale but don’t panic no Chimney Bank today instead you take a right (re-joining with the medium route) and head back over the moor roads to Lealholm for a third 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 sharp 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 and don’t forget your MEDAL.

Whitby Lythe Bank

Whitby Regatta Lythe Bank

Whitby Limber Hill

Whitby Regatta Limber Hill climb


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