The 2015 Coal Road Challenge

On January 25, 2015 by IanBoydon

2015 LUNE RCC Reliability Ride, Sunday 1st March. Bull Beck Picnic Site, CATON. 67miles.

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.Coal Rd

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.

Entry £5, you can pay on the day. *This Reliability Ride is aimed at regular club level cyclists.*

Three start times 8-30 ‘S1’ for older Club riders and those wishing to ride in a steady paced group.

9-05 ‘S2’ for faster Club and Sportive riders

9-20 ‘S3’ for racers and cycle race team members

Challenge yourself and go with a group that will test you.

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