2019 LUNE RCC Reliability Ride, Sunday 24th February. Bull Beck Picnic Site, CATON. 67miles. Sponsored by vanillabikes.com
Reliability Rides have been a feature of club cycling for over 100 years. They are NOT RACES and are organised to require each entrant to ride over a pre-set course within an agreed time. The route is planned to necessitate all-round riding ability and not sheer speed. Organisers must not publish finishing times or finishing order. Extract from BC regulations
The Challenge starts at Bull Beck Picnic Site, Caton (near Lancaster). The riders, in three graded groups, will set off through Wray to High Bentham. Here they turn to cross the A65 at Ingleton and started the climb towards White Scar Cave and Ribble Head. The groups typically splinter on the climb out of Ingleton and continue to climb up to Newby Head before swooping down to Hawes. Turning left, the next section is to Garsdale Head, the halfway control, riders sign in, have a quick break, and there is a chance to refill depleted drinks bottles.
The steep climb of the Coal Road – a very historic drovers route – reaches nearly 500 metres and is the high point of the challenge. This road gives a testing ride before the precarious swoop down into Dentdale. Once beyond Dent village the route leads over the short but steep climb to Barbondale and on to Casterton and Kirkby Lonsdale.
The final miles are via Whittington, Arkholme and a crossing of the River Lune at Gressingham. The last few miles are through Hornby to finish at the Bull Beck car park where between four and five hours earlier the adventure had started.
START AND FINISH Bull Beck Picnic Site is on the A683, 3 miles from Jnc 34 M6 just beyond Caton, with parking, toilets and a Snack Bar. GR 542,650 Full route details will be available at the start. There is a 1.30pm cut off finish time at Bull Beck Picnic site.
Entry £5, you can pay on the day or online via BC website *This Reliability Ride is aimed at regular club level cyclists.*
Three start times 8-30 ‘S1’ for older Club riders and those wishing to rid
There are three start times.
8.30 for the steady club run type
8.45 for the faster riders
9.00 for the speedy ones among us
Challenge yourself and go with a group that will test you.
A gear of at least 34-28 is recommended, the climbs out of Ingleton, Hawes, Garsdale Head, Dent Coal Road and Barbon can be a little challenging.