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
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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.