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Beeston Cycling Club Challenge Ride

17/07/2011 - Beeston, Nottingham - Sportive

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Beeston CC Challenge Ride 2011
Enjoy the finest cycling in the Peak District.
On Sunday July the 17th Beeston CC is holding its annual Challenge Ride.
45 miles
100 miles
135 miles


The mid and long distance routes explore the diverse area known as the Peak District or
simply 'The Peak'. The distances offered were arrived at in order to do the diversity of the
Peak justice. With our base at the southern end of the Peak, the most northerly reaches
have been omitted, though you still most definitely get a flavour of the Dark Peak. The
routes explore some of the best limestone dales such as the Manifold Valley and impressive
gritstone escarpments such as Burbage and Stanage Edge. There's a tunnel and the usual
sportive mix of steep climbs and dramatic descents.

135 Mile Route


This gets straight down to business with the local 310ft climb of 'No Man's Lane', then after
Dale Abbey (only a single arch remains), the routes make their way to the start of the
testing hill section around Crich. After a long descent towards Cromford, this section
culminates in the beast that is Riber, with sections of 1 in 4 (25%) it is unrelentingly steep
for half a kilometre. After the descent into Tansley the 100 and 135 mile routes diverge.
This route climbs slowly to the Matlock moors and strides majestically north across Beeley
Moor before making its way west to the gritstone edges. At Curbar Gap the route pops off
the moor and steeply down through Curbar to a long but gentle climb through the trees
below the edges along the A625 towards Sheffield. Back on the moor the descent to
Sheffield quickly terminates with another long climb from Ringinglow past Burbage Edge to
the queen of edges that is Stanage. Fantastic lanes lead along the bottom of Stanage and
on to Bamford before the descent to Yorkshire Bridge below Ladybower Dam. After
crossing Hope Valley, the 700ft climb of Pin Dale takes you into the White Peak and the
Limestone moors. After passing by Tideswell the fabulous descent through Ravensdale
brings you to the classic Monsal Head climb. Good form up here, as the hordes in the car-
park above will be waiting to applaud! Another long climb up Kirkdale brings you out at
Monyash, home of the 'The Old Smithy', best Cafe in the Peak. The 100 mile riders rejoin
here to enjoy the fine alpinesque descent to Crowdecote and the route then heads south
to the delightful Manifold Valley. Narrow lanes along the valley bottom lead to the
Swainsley Tunnel. Then a very steep climb to Wetton passes the amazing Thors Cave (look
right) before a lane along the Dove and Manifold watershed drops dramatically into Ilam.
A further testing climb to Blore then drops into the tranquility of Okeover Park. Skirting
Ashbourne just to its West, the tough terrain comes to an abrupt end and the remainder of
the ride takes on a much flatter profile. There is no sting in the tail, so for those with
anything left, here is where they might want to TT to the end. With a net descent, the
lanes of South Derbyshire provide a flattering and entertaining ride through Rodsley and
Sutton on the Hill to Hilton and the Trent Vale. Skirting south of Derby the profile is now
very flat as it runs back towards Beeston.



100 Mile Route


This gets straight down to business with the local 310ft climb of 'No Man's Lane', then after
Dale Abbey (only a single arch remains), the routes make their way to the start of the
testing hill section around Crich. After a long descent towards Cromford, this section
culminates in the beast that is Riber, with sections of 1 in 4 (25%) it is unrelentingly steep
for half a kilometre. After the descent into Tansley the 100 and 135 mile routes diverge.
This route makes a swift descent down the main road nips quickly through the centre of
Matlock and whereas those on the long route get a rest on the moor, you don't. The gnarly
steep climb over Bonsall Moor, then passes through Elton and on to Middleton via the tiny
Gratton Lane. A further long climb takes you to Parsley Hay, where just after, at
Cronksbury you rejoin the long route, happy that that was anything but a link contrived for
convenience! The fine alpinesque descent to Crowdecote follows and the route heads
south to the delightful Manifold Valley. Narrow lanes along the valley bottom lead to the
Swainsley Tunnel. Then a very steep climb to Wetton passes the amazing Thor's Cave (look
right) before a lane along the Dove and Manifold watershed drops dramatically into Ilam.
A further testing climb to Blore then drops into the tranquility of Okeover Park. Skirting
Ashbourne just to its West, the tough terrain comes to an abrupt end and the remainder of
the ride takes on a much flatter profile. There is no sting in the tail, so for those with
anything left, here is where they might want to TT to the end. With a net descent, the
lanes of South Derbyshire provide a flattering and entertaining ride through Rodsley and
Sutton on the Hill to Hilton and the Trent Vale. Skirting south of Derby the profile is now
very flat as it runs back towards Beeston.



45 Mile Route


A downhill start soon gives way to pancake flat along the Soar vale. We then pass through
Kegworth before the start of the rolling middle section (just 15 miles) begins with the
mildly testing Broad Hill. An easy climb up Rose Hill brings you on to and down the Ashby
Road. After turning off through Belton another easy climb and descent take you to the
dramatically quarried Breedon-on-the-Hill, or in your case, Breedon below the hill :-) A
fantastic lane then brings you to the Staunton and Calke estates and the lumpy section
quickly comes to an end just after Ticknall. A long descent to Ingleby and you're back on
the Trent vale for a flat return past the ancient monument of Swarkeston Bridge on the
right. Elvaston Castle is passed before the local flat chaingang speedway through Draycott
brings you to the finish.


Event Website http://beestoncc.myfreeforum.org/viewpage.php?myff_id=33

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Bramcote Park Car Park
Address Line 2 Coventry Lane
Town Bramcote
County Nottinghamshire
Postcode NG9 3JT
 
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
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