Route Profile: 2 of 3
West Riding Classic Long Route
Over the next three issues of the Open Wheel newsletter, we’ll be previewing the profiles of the three routes of the The West Riding Classic. Here we look at the Long Route.
Distance: 60 miles/95km
Total elevation: 1452m
The West Riding Classic Long route is a very beautiful ride taking in some classic Yorkshire Dales scenery such as Kingsdale, Dent, Cowgill and Ribbleshead, Malham and Settle. The route takes in two sides of Ingleborough, two sides of Whenside and one side of Penyghent. This route is based on very quiet roads with great scenery.
For most sportives a 60 mile route would represent a medium alternative, but we’ve listed it as long because of the relentlessly up and down nature of the route. There are significant climbs out of Kingsdale, out of Cowgill and out of Stainforth.
As with all the routes, the ride starts in Clapham with tea and a briefing in the ‘club house’ at Clapham village hall. Once you’ve ‘clocked-out’ riders immediately start the first climb of the day up Clapham old road towards Ingleton. Here, the three routes split and Long and Extra Long roll down through the village and over the rivers Doe and Twiss before the steady climb up Thornton Road to Deepdale and Dent. A spectacular steep and windy downhill to Dent is interrupted by a hidden gate on the corner! Once you’ve bottomed-out in the valley a lovely ride against the flow of the Dee brings you through Cowgill before the road pitches up suddenly, under a Victorian viaduct to the level of Newby Head Gate. Then a long descent – lets hope the wind is on your back! – to Ribblehead viaduct.
Once you’ve got to Ribblehead you turn left towards Horton. Although you’ve really broken the back of the climbing now, the road will continue to sap energy from you as it rolls in troughs to the feedstation at Horton village hall.
Here, the best feed station in the UK awaits. They’ll be more details in future newsletters.
When you leave the feedstation – don’t forget to clock-in and clock-out for your true riding time!
After lunch, it’s a rolling across and down to Stainforth before another steep climb. Once you are at the top you immediately drop into the valley floor just to climb steeply up the other side and on towards Malham. With the cove behind you the route then heads towards Settle with another good climb before the long descent in to the famous market town. We then cross the A65 and meander back to Clapham via Eldroth – but there’s still plenty of troughs and climbs to sap the remaining energy from your legs!
This route takes in a variety of scenery and landscape, offers a rewarding cycling challenge and is at the tougher end of a typical 60 mile sportive. The roads are very quiet and brilliant for cycling and the tone of the day is a friendly club-like atmosphere welcoming all riders.
Check out the route profiles, route maps and village lists for more info. A good independent review of the route can be found here.
West Riding Classic Long Route
30th April, £26
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