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Tackle the Cote de Buttertubs on the Third Sedbergh Sportive

by Nick Gregory

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The third Sedbergh Sportive takes place on 17 May 2015, offering three routes of 30, 55 and 70 miles and incorporating the "Cote de Buttertubs," as featured in the 2014 Tour de France. 

Entry will cost £25, £30 and £35 for the three routes respectively, and all proceeds go to Sedbergh School's Roger Lupton Scholarships. 

The event caters for all levels of keen cyclist, although the 70 mile route - including Buttertubs Pass which featured on the first day of the 2014 Tour de France - is extremely challenging, with over 5,400ft (2,000m) of ascent. The scenery, however, is second to none. 

The course sets off from Sedbergh along Garsdale towards Hawes, turning off up the Buttertubs Pass to Keld and over spectacular moorland towards Kirkby Stephen, joining with the 55 mile route at Nateby. 



The shorter 55 mile route misses out Buttertubs, and follows the first 15 miles of the 30 mile route before joining the long route at Nateby. It is still a challenging ride from Garsdale and across the open moorland to Kirkby Stephen then out to the furthest northerly point at Burrells, near Appleby, before heading back through Orton to Ravenstonedale and Sedbergh. 

The short 30 mile ride follows the same route as the last two years, heading along Garsdale from Sedbergh, then towards Kirkby Stephen but cutting off at Pendragon Castle to head up to the Fat Lamb at Ravenstonedale, and again joining up with the other two routes back to Sedbergh along the valley, taking in the stunning sight of Cautley Spout on the way. 

The event features excellent signage, great organisation, stunning scenery and a free BBQ at the finish - one not to be missed. 

For more information and to enter online, visit

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