Race the Sun Coniston (multisport MTB)- for Action Medical Research – Lakes Cycling

Take on an incredible team challenge journeying through majestic mountains of the beautiful Lake District National Park in this brand-new event featuring an off-road mountain biking section.

Push your limits to complete the course of mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking between dawn and dusk, racing the sun on this triathlon-style adventure charity fundraising challenge.

Due to exceptionally high demand, we have introduced this BRAND-NEW event in the Lake District

Challenge Day! You will wake early for a pre-challenge breakfast before teams of four begin the adventure with the bike section up the hill and into Grizedale Forest. The circuit in the forest is one of the Lake District’s most famous mountain biking locations. You can guarantee you will be well tested on the forest tracks before descending back to Coniston.

Next up is the steep, thigh-bursting trek to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, a classic Lake District mountain looming over the surrounding countryside at 803 metres above sea level.

The final section sees you challenge yourself to a circular kayak loop on Coniston Water (no canoe experience or equipment necessary) before you finish this incredible challenge and celebrate your achievements with your medal, a drink on us and a well-deserved bite to eat!

With awards for first, second, and third fastest teams, as well as fastest all-female, mixed, and ‘Golden Oldies’ (teams with a combined age of 200+) and the all-important best team spirit, there’s a reason for everyone to keep pushing right until the very end!

Please note that there will be an obligatory safety briefing the evening before (Friday 17 September), where you will register, be given your start time, a full briefing on everything to expect, as well as an opportunity to meet other teams and ask any burning questions.

All precise routes and distances are subject to weather conditions on the day.

Location: Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria
Team Registration Fee: £195
Team Fundraising Target: £1,800

Food and drink
Celebration meal, beer and bubbly
Event t-shirt
Free parking
Safety briefing
Bike mechanics
GPX route files
Timing tracker
Kayak equipment
Marshals and signage

Ride Vyking Sportive for Action Medical Research – Yorkshire Cycling

Vykings assemble for this brand new Yorkshire bike ride in the grounds of Gilling Castle where the serene landscape will lull all into a false sense of security ahead of a less than gentle Sunday morning ride out.

This sportive promises a thigh-busting ride that will leave you gasping for breath as you take on 6473ft of gain on the longer route and 2999ft of gain on the shorter route.

Offering up our toughest sportive yet the Vyking charity bike ride takes in some of the most feared climbs in England. Alongside brutal ascents including Boltby Bank, the dreaded Rosedale Chimney will call on you to channel your inner Viking and summon up the power of Odin before attacking this top ten climb. With an average gradient of 13% and a maximum of 33%, it is the joint steepest paved road in England. This universally feared, chain-snapping, vicious, double hairpin stretch may only be 0.8m miles but the only ones amused by its one-in-three gradient will be the grazing sheep you’ll be dodging!

Alongside the brutal climbs, if you have time to look up, the routes offer miles of stunning views across Yorkshire as well as fantastic country lanes and roads through spectacular landscape.

Be a Vyking for the day with Action Medical Research on this charity cycle ride with first-class support throughout the day and help our fight for little lives.

58 Miles: £42.00
Registration: 7:15 – 8:15am
Start Time: 7:15 – 8:20am

101 Miles: £42.00
Registration: 6:30 – 7:15am
Start Time: 6:30 – 7:20am

The imposing winged exterior of Gilling Castle provides an impressive backdrop to our toughest ride yet!

A castle has stood on this site since the 14th century and this brooding giant sets the tone for the epic challenge facing riders on our brand-new sportive. The sense of grandeur starts straightaway as we welcome riders in its impressive Great Hall.

Our team of volunteers will be on hand to help refuel your ride.

With four feed stations serving up a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks, we’re sure to have everything you need to refuel, replenish and get you back on the road. Feed stations can be found at:

Hawnby – Champion & Classic 23 miles
Westerdale – Champion 57 miles
Amotherby – Champion 84 miles, Classic 45 miles


Location: Gilling Castle, Gilling East, York, YO62 4HP
Classic 58 Miles: £42.00
Champion 101 Miles: £42.00

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