Our popular fund-raising sportive on Sunday 11 June offered three great routes – 25, 60 & 100 miles – through stunning scenery in the Ribble Valley and Yorkshire Dales.
BIG THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS!
Update 12-6-17… Total entries (including on-the-day) were 569, though there were some non-starters, perhaps deterred by the weather forecast. And it was WINDY, oh boy! Commiserations to those on the 60m Enthusiast where the wind above Malham was wild, and the 100m Experts who contended with a ferocious headwind and driving rain between Hawes and Ribblehead. Well, it is the middle of June after all…!
For those 100m Experts who ended up doing long detours (or cutting to the 60m route) after the split junction signs went missing, we can now report that the signs were in place at the 0700 course inspection but it appears that by 0900 ALL THREE signs had been removed, presumably by some misguided local resident.
Our apologies, but such matters are out of our control and only go to emphasise that riders should download the route beforehand and familiarise themselves with it (or download on to a Garmin or other device).
However, the event was well-received, with riders again enjoying efficient organisation, friendly marshals and – probably – the best food stops in the country. If Carling did cyclesportives it would probably be the Ribble Valley Ride!
We are now one of the foremost cycle sportives in the north-west with a reputation for
♦ Superb routes
♦ Slick yet friendly organisation
♦ Lots of fantastic FOOD! – all FREE
♦ 10 minutes at each stop not counted towards your time
♦ Get a massage at the finish
♦ FREE downloadable rider photos
♦ Fantastic Start/Finish venue – full mechanics’ station
♦ Great value for money
Here’s just a few of the many great reviews we received THIS year (2017)-
“The best organised event I have ever ridden. Food stops were superb, staff were friendly, atmosphere was great. Guess you cannot do much about the wind? … keep up the great work, will sign on next year!” – TG
“Thanks to all the team for putting on a fantastic ride today. The 60 miler was a great route and the feed stations were well stocked with good food. Everyone helping was very enthusiastic & welcoming. Thanks again.” -AS
“Great event. Loads of marshals everywhere making sure we all had a safe ride. I thought the hills were painful but those girls doing the massaging were even more painful! Ouch! Great day. Thanks.” – GS
Make a note in your diaries for next year – Sunday 10 June 2018