South Lakes ‘Strada Bianche’ Club Run (Sunday 23rd June 2013)
Date & Time: Sunday 23rd June, 8:15am for 8:30am start
Distance: Approx. 50 miles
Meeting point: Old Rd, Staveley in Carmel, turn right off A590 then immediately right onto cycle route (Grid Ref.: 338355,484970), see red circle on map below:
We’re organising a Strada Bianche themed club run in the South Lakes which will be a road ride including 8 ‘sectors’ of strada bianche (white gravel roads) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strade_Bianche). The roads we’ll use won’t all be white like the Italian versions (especially if it rains) and they may be a bit rougher in parts so winter bikes (or cross bikes) and SPD cleats or flat pedals with toe straps will be required (in case you need to walk). A minimum of strong winter tyres will also be needed. There will be an option to miss out the off-road sectors too for those able to navigate with two points to re-group / have a cafe stop, at Grizedale and Cartmel. Given the Lune’s reputation for chaotic rides with the group splitting up and people getting lost please organise and agree to ride with at least one companion for the duration of the ride just in case of accidents and mechanicals and to make sure that nobody is left on their own. Two groups of different speeds might be preferable with re-grouping at points along the route.
The route is available here:
Please make sure you have a map of the route or you have a Garmin to navigate.
The ride will be weather dependent, as it won’t be enjoyable if it’s wet and cold:
We’ll confirm on Friday 21st if the ride will be running.
Summary of requirements: winter/cross bike with strong winter types; spd/flat pedals; agreed riding companion(s); familiarity with the route or GPS!
Leanne & Trev