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UP T' DALE - 25 MILER
A FAIRLY EASY RIDE WHICH WILL GIVE YOU A GOOD TASTE OF YORKSHIRE CYCLING.
Rated 2/5 for difficulty as some might not be used to Yorkshire hills, this beautiful undulating route weaves up the Wharfe Valley for a gentle half days ride. There are some nips along the route (this is Yorkshire after all) but none last for long and the scenery is well worth it. Leaving Ilkley and turning left onto “The Back Road", the route takes you along stone walled country roads, past the ruins of the 12th Century Bolton Abbey and out towards historic Barden Tower. A steep descent towards the river, crossing via the ancient Barden Bridge onto the East bank is followed by your first challenging climb. The road then rolls on to its half way point in the pretty village of Burnsall, home to Postman Pat, for a well deserved food stop. You will head back on the West side of the river and up your longest and toughest climb, but from here, it’s mostly down hill and you’ll pick up the road back through Bolton Abbey, meeting up with riders from the other routes for the final 10km home.
DISTANCE: 25 MILES (39.4KM) * ELEVATION: 528M * LEVEL: STRONG BEGINNER * DIFFICULTY: 2/5 * REGISTRATION: 10:30hrs * DEPART: 11:00-11:30hrs
OVER YONDER - 50 MILER
A CRACKING INTERMEDIATE, MID LEVEL RIDE.
Rated 3/5 for difficulty, this is a stunning and challenging intermediate ride. Leaving Ilkley and turning left onto “The Back Road", the route follows that of the 25 milers, before turning off just before Burnsall, and heading up to meet the 75 milers in the bustling village of Grassington. Staying with the 75 milers, the ride now takes on a different feel, snaking up the flat (Yorkshire flat) winding, valley bottom on single track, low traffic roads, past Great Whernside and on through delightful Kettlewell before splitting from the 75 milers and heading South, past the sheer limestone cliffs of Kilnsley Cragg and back to Burnsall for a legendary Fat Lad lunch stop at 60.5km. You’ll be ready for it and post lunch you'll be taking on your longest and toughest climb of the day, out of Burnsall on the West side of the river. It’s mostly down hill after that as you pick up the road back through Bolton Abbey, meeting up with riders from the other routes for the final 10km home.
DISTANCE 50 MILES (79.3KM) * ELEVATION: 967M * LEVEL: ADVANCED BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE * DIFFICULTY: 3/5 * REGISTRATION: 8:45hrs * DEPART: 9:00-10:30hrs * Total Drink & Food/Drink Stops 2
THE FULLOCK - 75 MILER
A CHALLENGING RIDE, THE ROUTE WEAVES THROUGH STUNNING SCENERY, DEEP INTO THE YORKSHIRE DALES.
Rated 4/5 for difficulty this is a challenging route with some tough climbing. Leaving Ilkley and turning right, on “The Back Road” to Askwith, there’s a long steady ascent onto Askwith Moor which will warm your legs up for arguably the toughest part of the ride, the climb through West End and up Greenhow Hill. Thereafter it’s a nice rolling downhill through the charming village of Hebden and into Grassington to meet up with the 50 milers. You'll be through most of the climbing and the ride takes on a very different feel, snaking up the flat winding, valley bottom on single track, very low traffic roads, past Great Whernside, through Kettlewell and up int' t’ Dales.Then you have half an hour to enjoy the breathtaking isolated valley of Littondale and the gentle climb up Silverdale between the towering hills of Pen-y-ghent and Fountains Fell, before the last real ascent of the day. You’ll pass Malham tarn and (carefully) take the steep, winding descent off Malham Moor, past the dramatic limestone cliffs of Malham Cove (featured in Harry Potter- take a second to stop and look over your left shoulder), through Malham village and back into the lowlands. After our legendary Fat Lad lunch stop it’s pretty much down hill all the way! Almost! You’ll undulate your way home, through rolling farmland and Yorkshire stone villages picking up ‘The Back Road’ from Bolton Abbey and riders from the other routes, to follow the River Wharfe to the finish where you’ll be 1600m of climbing and many lung fulls of the freshest Yorkshire air, better off.
DISTANCE: 75 MILES (119.8KM) * ELEVATION: 1600M * LEVEL: STRONG INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED * DIFFICULTY: 4/5 * REGISTRATION: 7:45 * DEPART 8:15-9:00 * Total Drink & Food/Drink Stops 2
THE EPIC - 100 MILER
IT'S DEFINTELY EPIC - ONE OF THE TOUGHEST, BUT MOST BEAUTIFUL ROUTES IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES.
Introduced by Richard our Fat Lad In Charge, this new route has been planned to give our most experienced riders, who are already comfortable on our Fullock route, a new challenge. The EPIC is guaranteed to test, taking you deep into the Yorkshire Dales and up some of Yorkshire's most iconic climbs where you'll see some stunning scenery. Setting off from Ilkley and heading through Bolton Abbey and up the valley, your first leg warmer skirts around Appletreewick, climbs to Hebden and flattens through Grassington and Kettlewell. Thereafter you'll snake up the breathtaking (literally) Park Rash with it's 25% inclines and hairpin bends and on through stunning Coverdale, before your next big climb up Kidstones. It's all down hill to Kilnsey then, before you pick up the route to Malham and your final challenge of the day. Riders will need experience of long distances and Yorkshire (style) territory to get the most from this day. Ride marshalls will be around to mentor and coach but for your own safety and enjoyment, riders will have to make our checkpoints by certain times to continue on the ride. Riders registered on this ride can swap to the shorter routes before or on the day via our sign up pages.
DISTANCE: 100 MILES * ELEVATION: 2325M * LEVEL: ADVANCED * DIFFICULTY: 5/5 * REGISTRATION 7:15 * DEPART 7:30-8:15 * Total Drink & Food/Drink Stops 4
ALL ROUTES - WHAT'S INCLUDED:
START TIMES & ROUTES SUBJECT TO SLIGHT CHANGERiders wishing to swap routes can do so via our sign up pages or on the day
- FULLY SUPPORTED
- TIMING CHIP
- GPS LIVE TRACKING INFORMATION
- PROPER FOOD
- POST RIDE MEAL
- COMMEMORATIVE EVENT GIFT
- OPTION TO JOIN INFORMAL FLAB GROUPS & RIDE WITH OTHERS
- GREAT BANTER
- STUNNING SCENERY
PLEASE NOTE: These are NOT GUIDED RIDES - our volunteer Ride Marshalls/Flampion and Flambassadors are there to give moral support to those who need it and share some of their own experiences and techniques of riding this territory. They are NOT responsible for you and riders take part at their own risk.
By entering this event (the FLAB Sportive) you accept the following Event Rules, which apply to you, the Rider and any minors (persons under 16) who accompany you. You are responsible for ensuring that any minors who accompany you comply with the safety and other rules set out in these Event Rules.