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Last Chance to Ride with Sir Chris at the HOY 100

by Nick Gregory

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There's still time to put your hard-earned summer fitness to good use and ride alongside six-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Chris Hoy at the Evans HOY One Hundred Sportive in Yorkshire on September 7th. 

Based at Aireville School in Skipton, North Yorkshire, Sir Chris Hoy's HOY One Hundred Sportive is a truly epic ride across the stunning Pennines region, and you could even find yourself pedalling alongside the man himself as he takes on the challenge. The heart pounding route takes riders over some of the toughest climbs in the area, including Malham Cove, Park Rash and the highest road in Yorkshire, Fleet Moss. 

Aside from the obvious physical challenge, the Pennines offers one of the finest landscapes for cycling in the country, with stunning scenery for those willing and able to bask in it. You'll cover 11,000ft of climbing on the long route, but there is also a half route available for those who want to see the breath-taking views without travelling 100 miles. 

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The entire route will of course be way marked, with GPS files also available. If all else fails riders can rely on the trusty waterproof map that each of them will be given. Should anything happen to your bike, mechanics and a broom wagon will be out on course to assist you. 

All riders can enjoy a free pre ride breakfast and post ride meal, as well as fully stocked feed stations throughout the event, electronic timing, the use of free Garmin demo units and a HOY goody bag. Add the 'Hoy Experience' and make it a weekend to remember with a Saturday evening Q and A and pasta party with Sir Chris, camping, priority start time and a souvenir T shirt. 

The ride starts with a gently undulating first 15 miles on almost traffic-free roads. Once the legs are warmed up you will hit the first climb of the day; Malham Tarn. It's a reasonably consistent 6% gradient over 2 miles which opens at the top, rewarding you with fantastic views over the North Yorkshire Moors. 

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You'll soon realise why this region is referred to as "God's own country", and Harry Potter fans might recognise views that appear in the films, some of which were shot here. From here the descent is long, steep and winding, threading down into the valley for fast flowing sections ridden in the Tour de France through Kettlewell and Langstroth Dale where the first feed station is. 

After Kettlewell the full route heads over Fleet Moss which is the highest road in Yorkshire and a real challenge at 8%, swinging around the moors and up onto the high country once again. A series of short steep climbs and longer drags are compensated by brilliant downhill sections plunging back into the valleys and through picturesque villages. 

The route then takes riders back over Carlton Highdale before ending the long loop section of the ride. The final sting in the tail and last climb of the day is over Bardon Moor, not the longest climb of the ride but sure to test those tired legs. An undulating descent towards Skipton and you'll soon be flashing past the "1 mile to go" sign. 

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It's a challenge which Sir Chris looking forward to: "I can't wait although it's a bit daunting because I know it's going to be really tough; but it gives me something to aim for. It will be great to see so many people on the day and hopefully I'll get to chat and ride with lots of them." 

The HOY One Hundred is proud to support Sir Chris Hoy's charity of choice, SAMH - Scotland's leading mental health charity. £7 of every entry fee is donated to SAMH to help the vital work they do. 

For more information and to enter, visit www.evanscycles.com/HOY100.