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Wrynose or Bust

13/04/2014 - Lancaster - Sportive

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The return of a growing Classic, Wrynose or Bust - a continental style sportive event of 115 miles with two shorter routes available on the same day. The first is The Bay Dash, (68 miles) and the second is a 36 miler called The Silverdale Sling.


Wrynose or Bust: 115 tough miles (185km) through the hills of north Lancashire and South Cumbria with Wrynose pass in the middle. This famous Lakeland climb takes you from sea level to nearly 1100 ft over 14 miles, the last section being a 25% climb and a 30% descent into the Little Langdale valley. This event was described by Cycling Weekly as a developing classic

A continental style cycling sportive starting from the Halton Army Training Camp near Lancaster, up Kellet Road to Nether Kellet, Over Kellet, Priest Hutton, Burton-in-Kendal, Holme, Whasset, Milnthorpe. Up the A6 to Levens, following the cycle track (old road) running alongside the A590 before going under the A590 and on to Meathop, Grange, Flookburgh and Cark.

We turn left to Holker, and left again onto A590 at Haverthwaite, turning right towards Bouth, before turning off to Spark Bridge and up the hill after Grizebeck. Back on the A5092, before turning right at the traffic lights into the Duddon valley for the long climb to Wrynose. On to Ulpha, Seathwaite, right at Cockley Beck, climb the final last 25% climb up Wrynose Pass before a very tricky 30% descent to Little Langdale.. This last section has taken you from sea level at the start of the Duddon valley to 393 metres (1281ft) at the top of Wrynose  Continue to Hawkshead then through the Grisedale forest to Haverthwaite before crossing the busy A590 once more following the B5278 to Low Wood where the Bay Dash riders rejoin this route before climbing the long drag up Bigland Hill.

Continue through High Newton, climb and descend the dangerous Tow Top hairpin back to Witherslack and Town End before diverting through Heversham, coming back to Whassett. On to Burton in Kendal where you turn left through Priest Hutton before climbing Sunnybank, pass the Redwell on your right before turning left to follow the ridge overlooking the Lune valley before bringing you back to the Halton Army camp. There are four timing stations on this route and it is not for the faint hearted and is a serious cycling challenge.

There are two feed stations along the route, the first at Foxfield and the second and High Newton and hot drinks will be available. At the end of the ride, complementary hot food, tea and coffee will be provided by The Rotary Club of Lancaster and Inner Wheel.

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Halton Army Training Camp
Address Line 2 Halton Road
Town Lancaster
County Lancashire
Postcode LA2 6LW
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Keith Simpson
Email Email Hidden
Address Line 1 Pagefast P&P Ltd
Address Line 2 4-6 Lansil Way
Town Lancaster
County Lancashire
Postcode LA1 3QY

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