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Test Your Climbing Legs in the Heart of North Yorkshire at the Nidderdale Sportive

by Nick Gregory

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The 29th March 2015 will play host to the fourth annual Nidderdale Sportive. The event is based from Summerbridge in the heart of North Yorkshire, and from humble beginnings - with just 44 enthusiastic riders in 2012 - the event has grown, with over 400 riders enjoying this classic sportive route last year.

Functional Fitness Events prides itself on offering the real value for money, and at just £25.00 per entry - with additional cycle club discounts - it really does live up to its billing. 

Included in the cost of entry is free event photography and a well-deserved pie & peas lunch after the ride (if you complete in 5 to 6hrs, late lunch if not.)  

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New for 2015 will be the addition of a camera drone to film riders negotiating the classic climbs on the route.  These include: 

Lofthouse - This is the first real climb of the day, a 4.5km Cat 3 ascent that reaches 21% at its steepest. If the weather is clear you will be rewarded with a beautiful view looking back down the Nidderdale Valley and over Goothwaithe Reservoir.  

Coverdale - This climb really starts at Middleham where you gradually climb for approximately 45-60mins. The climb 'proper' begins with a sharp descent over a small bridge, then the work begins. 3.8km in length, this Cat3 climbs opens up with a 200m, 24% section before flattening out to 10% for around 2km. The sting is in the tail however, culminating in another 24% ramp for around 500m before levelling off to the summit.

Arncliffe - Nad End (Long Course Only) - You will get the chance to fully absorb this climb as soon as you exit Arncliffe. This Cat 3-er is relatively short compared to the other 2 big climbs of the day, at just 2.6km. But don't let that fool you. It's steep - over 24% in places - however, if conquer it and you'll be rewarded with the most spectacular views riding towards Malham

Appletreewick - The final real climb of the day brings you through the quintessential Yorkshire village of Appletreewick. This climb is a Cat 4, but after such a long day in the saddle you will still need to give it lots of repect, being as it is 2km in length and maxing out at 19%. 

Event organiser, Mark Livesey said: " this is by far my favourite climb in North Yorkshire. It starts with a great little switch back at the bottom and then you're rewarded with a beautiful view over the North Yorkshire Moors. You also get a great sense of isolation in this part of the moors".  

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For more details on each climb CLICK HERE.

Riders have a choice of two routes: 65miles and 6,000ft of climbing or 85miles and 8,000ft of climbing. Both routes take riders through some of the most stunning scenery North Yorkshire has to offer, including some of the roads used during the 2014 Tour De France. 

Planning on riding the event this year? Keep an eye out for Cyclosport's Sean Lacey who will be flying the flag for us at the event. 

For more information and to register visit www.functionalfitnessevents.co.uk.