July 14, 2018


    Sunday 9th October 2016

    The final event in The Lakeland Classics Sportive Series
    Challenge yourself with the Ride of the Fallen leaves as you enjoy the stunning autumn scenery on the quiet lanes and tricky climbs of Southern Lakeland
    Event centre – John Ruskin School, Coniston
    61 miles – 1900m of ascent or 23 miles – 1000m of ascent
    Starts from 8:30-9:30am; registration from 7:30am
    Si timing system giving overall time and average speed for 61 mile route
    Fully signed route; route card/emergency contact and mechanic support vehicle
    Feed Station at 32 miles for the 61 mile route
    Parking, showers and hot food included in the entry
    Event start/finish location map and on the day procedures link
    GPS and route map link (long) or GPS and route map link (short)
    Event entry fee £25 for the 61 mile route or £20 for the 23 mile route
    Seismic Events helps to fund local community projects


    The route begins at John Ruskin School, in Coniston. From here you head south, through Torver, before dropping into Woodland Valley. After a gentle warm up through the lanes you will take in the first climb of the day – a 120 metre steady pull towards Suberthwaite Common and finally Kirby Moor. Excellent views meet you as you look across to the sea and from here a super fast descent make the climbing worth while. Another fast descent and climb then bring you over into Rusland Valley.

    Winding lanes eventually bring you to cross the A590 to Haverthwaite, and lead you to a fast section out towards Cark – the furthest point of the route. The return journey begins with a very gentle climb to Cartmel and Newton where you will find the Feed Station. There follows one of the route’s best descents – 3km of steady gradient through stunning woodland – to Bowland Bridge. The day’s main climb starts by taking you through a few alpine switchbacks, followed by a couple of testing ramps before you level out at the summit at 240m. The descent brings you to Newby Bridge for the last section along the west shores of Windermere. At Greythwaite Hall you will descend to the Lake, eventually joining the B5285 at Far Sawrey. On to the shores of Esthwaite Water, where you take in the final part of the loop past Wray Castle and over Hawkshead Hill -your last climb of the day before a fast descent to the finish.

    The shorter route has the same start through Torver and tackles the beautiful open climb from Woodland onto Kirkby Moor. After the fast descent to The Red Lion the route splits and follows the eastern shores of Coniston Water on gently undulating terrain to the top of the Lake. A short descent follows before a few gentle miles back to the finish.



    July 14, 2018

    We recommend that you be prepared and make any accommodation arrangements early.

    Kielder Forest is in a remote area with limited facilities and accommodation is likely to be taken up quickly by competitors at this busy time of year.


    Kielder Campsite are offering a special rate for the weekend including camping and parking

    This rate is valid until 28th August 2016 – 1 week before the event

    Camping/Parking will be available at a cost of £3:00 pppn (subsidised for event competitors)
    Competitors will have full access to all facilities on site including hot showers; laundry; drying room etc
    There will be limited electric hook-ups available (there will be an additional cost for this)- please contact the site directly for rates
    The campsite is within 5 mins walk of event registration and the start/finish
    To book camping follow the link – book camping
    There is a small well stocked village store within easy walking distance


    The Kielder and Newcastleton Area has a wealth of accommodation options from budget bunkhouses to luxury B&B/hotels. The local tourist offices will be happy to help:

    Tourist Information Centre, The Heritage Centre, Hillside, Bellingham.

    Tel: 01434 220616


    Rules of the Road

    July 14, 2018

    Riders can register between 1630 – 2130hrs on the Friday

    All riders MUST view the event briefing presentation which will be played on a constant loop at the event centre and sent out to riders before signing on. This will be a short presentation and should allow riders to have more time to set up at the campsite etc

    The course takes in many sections of Red graded trail. We therefore allow regular MTB’s, Fatbikes, Singlespeed and Monster Cross Bikes (fitted with front/rear discs and with a minimum tyre width of 40c)

    All Riders MUST carry the equipment on the compulsory kit list, this is a challenging and remote route, it is for your safety and it will be checked. Riders who do not have the correct equipment will not be allowed to start

    Clothing: A windproof jacket (waterproof if the forecast is for rain – tapped seams!)
    Food: Fluid for minimum of 90 minutes of riding – we recommend 2 large water bottles at least; enough food to see you through each section of the route (we advise eating and drinking regularly throughout the event)
    Spares: a pump, spare tubes, basic tools, spare brake pads (please make sure you know how to use them)
    Emergency Equipment: a plastic whistle; emergency foil blanket; some money

    All riders must activate timing chips between 0730-0800hrs on the Saturday morning prior to starting so we know who is on the course

    Riders will be allowed access to the start from 0730hrs. The start area will be blocked into ‘expected’ finish time zones and there will be a red group at the front for Elite riders

    Please follow any instructions from Race Organisation, Forestry Commission Staff and Event Marshals at all times on the course

    There will be several ‘manned’ checkpoints around the course. Riders must register their timing chip at each point to show they have completed the course. Failure to do so will invalidate any time and prevents us from knowing who is out on the course

    There will be a couple of short ‘Neutralised Sections’ around villages and on small public roads/Byeways. Please follow the Highway Code, ride sensibly with respect to other road users and do not overtake. The beginning/end of each section will be clearly marked

    The event has a road crossings which will be marshaled. Riders MUST dismount and cross when the road is clear of traffic

    There will be a ‘cut-off’ point at 36km (The first Border Crossing) at 1145hrs and at 80km (1530hrs) for the Kielder 101. This is for rider safety and will be strictly adhered to. Riders missing this will be directed via The Border Challenge Route or The Lakeside Trail back to the start

    Anyone retiring from the race must only do so at one of the manned feed stations and must notify the marshals. Marshals will then issue instructions about returning to the event start/finish

    Riding Responsibly:

    The course and junctions will be clearly marked with event arrows and tape (examples at Registration). Please be aware that you need to look out for the direction markers at junctions. It is your responsibility to make sure you remain on course. We cannot be held responsible for riders who do not stick to the event route

    Whilst riding please look out for each other and offer assistance where you can. If you are unable to help please report any problems to the next marshal

    Please do not leave/drop litter, there will be bins at each marshal point

    Make sure that you ride within your abilities at all times and show courtesy to other trail users – a cheery voice goes a long way

    Please allow other riders to overtake if necessary

    Some board walk sections are narrow and are railed – please proceed with care


    Riders are only allowed to use one bike for the duration of the event
    There will be ‘Mechanical Support’ stations on the route. Riders who access these will be required to give their name/number and will be expected to pay for the service and parts
    The Kielder 101 course has 3 feed stations at 24, 50 and 80km (two for the Border Challenge at 24 and 45km) and will provide water, juice, bananas, flapjacks and a few savoury nibbles. Simple refreshments will be provided as well as fluids, but these should not be relied on as the ONLY source of food. 101 Riders will be allowed to hand in a drop bag which will be taken to the 50km feed station on their behalf
    Kielder 101 Drop Bags are for riders to transport any specific drink powders/gels/energy bar products to the main feed station (50km) as we appreciate that these are highly personal. A bag will be provided. Please do not include water bottles or liquids as we would be unable to transport this amount of kit for all riders.

    At the Finish all riders must hand in their timing chip, so that we know who is off the course. This is important for safety and prevents us from sending out a search party.



    July 14, 2018


    The campsite will be open to riders from midday
    Registration is on Friday and will open at 1630hrs until 2230hrs
    Mechanical support available at the event centre
    Food available to purchase at the Duke’s Pantry or Angler’s Arms on site
    All competitors must register in person to sign on and collect event numbers, etc.
    Competitors for the Kielder 101 will be able to leave a drop bag* with the organisers
    The compulsory event briefing will be sent to riders before the event and will be available to view at registration – all riders must sign to say that they have read and understood this briefing

    *Drop Bags – see Riders Briefing Notes


    The start area at Kielder Castle will be open to competitors from 0730hrs
    Mechanical support at the event start for last minute tweaks
    The Kiedler 101 will be a massed start behind a lead vehicle at 0800hrs
    The Border Challenge will start in smaller groups at 0815hrs
    There will be a Red Group fo Elite riders on the front few rows for the Kielder 101
    There will be clearly marked ‘finishing time’ zones for riders at the start
    The Kielder 101 will be neutralised, behind the vehicle, for the first few km to allow riders to settle into their pace. Road crossings and three short neutralised sections on the route will be signed and marshaled
    Two ‘cut-offs’ at 36km and 80km will be used for the Kielder 101 (see rider brief page)
    There will be a category prize presentation at 1500hrs at the Castle for Kielder 101 riders
    There will be a prize draw presentation at approximately 1730hrs for all riders – you must be there in person to collect your prize!



    July 14, 2018


    The event uses predominantly singletrack trails, as well as incorporating some unusual twists and turns on the lesser used parts of the forest

    Suitable for MTB’s, Fatbikes, Singlespeed and Monster Cross Bikes


    Fully signed route
    Water, feed stations and post event hot food included
    Drop bag transport for 101km route
    Mechanical support at points on the course
    Medical Cover
    On-site catering for purchase of a range of food/drinks
    Prizes for all race categories (Kielder 101 only) and spot prizes for both events
    SAG wagon for 101km route
    Electronic timing and online results with splits
    Bike Shop and repair facilities on site
    Bike Wash Facilities
    Event photography


    For those who wish to camp, we have negotiated a camping and parking package near the start/finish at a reduced rate of £3 pppn. Contact Steve at kieldercampsite@btconnect.com
    For those who are not staying onsite, parking on the day at the castle is normally £4:50, however you can pre-book via Si for £3:50 when you enter (all funds raised from parking go directly into maintaining trails within the Forestry Commission Land)


    £45 per individual rider for Kielder 101
    £35 per rider for Kielder Border Challenge


    Elite – Male/Female
    Masters (Male/Female >40)
    Veterans (Male/Female >50)
    Veterans (Male/Female >60)

    (Some prize categories may be combined if there are insufficient entries)