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Wiggle Yorkshire Weaver - Sunday 12th May

by Adam Tranter


Set totally within Yorkshire ride - you'll be criss-crossing the route of the 2014 Tour de France stage 1 route and, to a lesser extent, stage 2 - with 2 challenging route options, iconic climbs and picturesque scenery from the first to last pedal-stroke. The routes start and finish in the beautiful Aireville Park in the Yorkshire mill town of Skipton. Be assured, this is no ordinary sportive. We've designed routes that show off the beautiful Yorkshire Dales taking you past some of Yorkshire's magnificent woollen mill towns.


Think wool, Dales and Tour de France! Yorkshire provides a great testing ground that is similar but different to the Peak District and the Cornish Tors. Similar in that it is definitely a stern test with 2,900m of climbing across the long route, but difference in the presentation of the climbs. Wiggle Yorkshire Weaver is a beautiful tour around the Dales and Mill towns of North Yorkshire whilst also taking in 4 named climbs to raise the heart rate in more ways than one. 

Kilo To Go

Whether you opt for the 90 or the 56 mile route option you're in for a treat. Both routes head south out of Aireville Park and follow the valley of the river Aire - Airedale in fact. The good and constant source of water attracted the development of mills and towns on the banks of the Aire and we pass several of these as we traverse the dale - Skipton, Silsden, Riddlesden and Bingley. The climb over Hawkesworth Moor (the back of the famous Ilkley Moor) takes us out of Airedale and drops us down to Wharfedale and Otley crossing the Wharfe via the stone bridge.

We leave the wool towns for the time being as the routes take on a different look and feel and we head north up and over Farnley Moor and onto Menweth Hill where you'll pass the World's largest electronic listening station. We have a feed station near here too. After the feed, the two route options split - the shorter route heads west and re-joins the long route at Greenhow as riders cross into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Meanwhile, long route riders will have crossed Nidderdale and reached the furthest point north at Masham. Then it's a long tough climb to the highest point on the route (1,400 feet) at High Ash Head Moor. Drop down into Lofthouse and a really pretty section along Nidderdale for a second visit. Another feed near Pateley Bridge and more climbing up to the Dales Park at Greenhow to re-join with the shorter route option riders.

Gentle descending for all riders into Wharfedale, and passing the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey and it's plain sailing through Skipton and back to the finish.

Enter at and then we'll send you your rider pack prior to the event so that you don't have to register on the day. Make sure you grab your 'Ticket to Ride' for a KILO TO GO sportive!

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