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Cumbria Flooding - Route Change for Mighty Corinthian as Fred Whitton Challenge Pledges £10,000 to Relief Fund

by Nick Gregory

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Sportive Lakes, organisers of The Mighty Corinthian - 'the longest retro bike ride in the world' - have announced only one minor route change as a result of the epic Lake District floods. 

Event Director, Alan Brenton, said: 'We were obviously concerned that the closure of Dunmail Raise and the loss of the bridge over the River Eamont at Pooley Bridge could cause major problems. Fortunately, both routes will be open again well in advance of the June 25 event." 

"We're less optimistic regarding the Keswick - Threlkeld cycleway which has been badly damaged, but we're scouting a minor detour which will be fine. Overall, the route will be just as fantastic, just as challenging and still showcases the whole range of Lake District landscapes." 


The first edition of The Mighty Corinthian is scheduled to set off from the South Lakes market town of Ulverston on 25 June, 2016. Designed to mimic the experience of the great one day classics of the past, the 300km event covers the entire range of Lake District landscapes - all on classic, pre-1987 bikes. 

The route will be long but not too severe. There will be no pointless suffering, with the harshest Lakes climbs avoided and the finest landscapes visited. On the menu will be Coniston, Ambleside, Thirlmere, Keswick, Caldbeck, Hartside, The Eden Valley, Ullswater and Kirkstone. Riders should be aiming to complete their epic journey within the 12-18 hour guidelines. 

Due to challenging logistics, the event will be limited to just 300 places. Entries opened on 20 November and Sportive Lakes have recently announced that a third of the places have already been snapped up. 


Elsewhere in flood-related news, the organisers of another Cumbria-based sportive, The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge, have pledged to donate £10,000 to the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund. 

New organiser, Stuart Emms, said: "The Challenge is an event that brings over 2,000 cyclists to Cumbria from all over the UK each May and raises funds for Cumbrian charities." 

"This has been an exceptional winter in Cumbria and it is only fitting that we make a contribution to help those in need at this most testing of times." 

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