The Boxer Sportive 66 Miles – South Lakes Cycling

“THE BOXER” SPORTIVE – SOUTH LAKES 66 MILE LOOP

Come and ride among the foothills of this famous region, now with World Heritage Status. Something for all tastes await – traffic free lanes, remote valleys, welcoming villages, seaside promenades and a breath-taking view over Morecambe Bay to finish.

Your day starts by following the Lune cycle-way and heading through Halton village before a short, sharp climb that gains the quiet road that heads north and towards The Lakes.
Traffic free lanes then lead to a short section of quiet A road through Burton in Kendal and continues over the busy A65 at a roundabout. After a short distance, deserted country lanes are rejoined and then followed around the large Cumbrian town of Kendal.

Your route joins and follows the A road that heads to Shap for a short way before descending to cross the hidden River Sprint and following the remote lanes that lead to Staveley village, with its toilets and our well stocked feedstation.

Once through the village you will head south on remote lanes through several villages and head across the busy A6 towards the coast at Arnside.

You will then turn your back on the coast and head inland through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that we ride most, to pass through our home town of Carnforth and back up to the surrounding hillsides. Here you can savour the memorable view across Morecambe Bay and the distant Cumbrian Fells before dropping back down to event HQ.

Distance –
106 km / 66 miles

Ascent –
1 335 m / 4380 ft

Event HQ –
Lancaster Park & Ride car park, Caton Road, Lancaster, LA2 9HG (M6 junc 34)

The Castle Sportive 80 Miles – North Lakes Cycling

“THE CASTLE” SPORTIVE – NORTH LAKES 80 MILE LOOP

Based at Lowther Castle – this great loop explores some of the best areas of the Northern Lakes to ride a bike. Challenging climbs, breath taking descents, lake shores, mountains, wild ponies, hidden roman roads – and stunning scenery throughout.

Hosted by the historic Lowther Castle near Penrith in North Cumbria – it is a challenging route that passes through some stunning scenery, as it winds its way around lake shores, up and over notable climbs and descents – quiet roads, remote lanes and scenic villages of the North Lakes area to be savoured throughout the day.
You will leave The Castle grounds and ride through the village of Askham then along the narrow lanes that head to Pooley Bridge and the shores of Ullswater, having ridden the entire length of the northern shore. It is soon time to knuckle down for the challenging ascent of Kirkstone Pass – 20% plus in places and rated #83 of Britain’s Top 100 Climbs.

Then an exciting downhill takes you past Troutbeck and towards the village of Staveley, where our well stocked feed station awaits. Remote lanes are then followed towards the hidden roman road that runs between Howtown and Tebay.

More quiet country lanes are then ridden through the Eden District to the east of the M6, winding their way back to Lowther Castle, where you can enjoy the rest of day in the castle grounds and facilities.

Distance –
80 miles

Ascent –
7557 ft / 2304 mtrs

Event Hq –
Lowther Castle, Lowther, Penrith, CA10 2HH

Feed Stations –

1 in Staverley village ( roughly half way )

The Raptor Sportive 63 Miles – Bowland, Lakes Cycling

“THE RAPTOR” SPORTIVE – FOREST OF BOWLAND 63 MILE LOOP

A great sportive that explores the many miles of remote cycling country in and around this outstanding area – quiet roads and lanes throughout – along with breath taking scenery and challenging ascents.

You leave the start area and head east along the Lune Cycleway into Caton village, once through the village you quickly find yourself riding into remote countryside where little traffic ever comes.
For several miles ahead you will enjoy great views across Morecambe Bay and The Fylde Coast, on the right day Snowdonia and Scotland can be clearly seen as you progress.

The terrain gets more and more remote until Chipping village is reached, once through, it’s back to riding country lanes, until the short but challenging climb up Jeffery Hill with great views across Lancashire – turning at New Drop Inn and heading towards our well earned refreshment break with great views of Pendle Hill.

A steep descent starts your journey towards Waddington where your route heads back towards the Bowland hills, via a steady ascent of Waddington Fell .

Remote lanes then lead to Dunsop Bridge, which is the geographic centre of the British Isles, after which a quiet lane is followed up the challenging ascent of The Trough of Bowland, a well know test piece for local cyclists and #75 of Britain’s Top 100 Climbs

Once you get your breath back, undulating lanes lead past the Jubilee Tower and its amazing view over the local area. Only one more accent awaits before the final ascent of the day, and before you know it you will be relaxing back at event HQ.

Distance –
102 km / 63 miles

Ascent –
1749 m / 5736 ft

Event HQ –
Lancaster Park & Ride car park, Caton Road, Lancaster, LA2 9HG (M6 junc 34)

Feed Stations –
1 on top of Jeffery Hill ( roughly half way )