“Thoroughly enjoyed it—what a brilliant course you lot have devised.” Gary McMahon
“Just a quick thank you for yesterdays ride - brilliant! Please thank all the helpers, marshals etc my mate & I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Pete Wells
SPORTIVE 2016 MEDIUM ROUTE
77.8 miles, 6193 ft climbing
Route info and GPX file from ridewithgps.com:
After tootling along our local lanes and up to Holbrook, the first climb of note is the long gentle climb to Alport Heights. A fast twisty descent follows but needs care as lots of cars are parked as you enter Wirksworth.
Next up is the rolling moor land of Carsington Pastures with a very steep exit from Wirksworth. From Longcliffe a safe sweeping descent on the main road leads to two gentle climbs through Parwich with the first feed stop.
The route splits at the feed stop and the mid distance route heads back up to the moor for a great descent down the twisting B5056 above Winster.
At the bottom the long route riders rejoin for the climb up to Stanton in the Peak. This isn't a hard climb from this side and feed stop two awaits on the village green.
After the feed, take HUGE CARE and take the next descent slowly, it is brutal even in the dry.
After crossing the A6 you are inflicted with the final cruelty that is Rowsley Bar, you won't be forgetting this one in a hurry! The serious climbing ends here and fabulous scenery remains for the last 30 miles if you are in any state to enjoy it.
A long descent high over Matlock Moor's lanes leads through Tansley and a long climb to Crich. A quality descent to Hartshay and the much debated Bridle Lane, a distinct lack of contiguous tarmac on this very short climb gives you something to talk about.
There is an alternative, but the loose way is the short way :-)
After this the conventional lanes that lead back to HQ in Bramcote will no doubt come as a relief.
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