Challenge Ride 5: Tour of the Dales

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Ilkley, West Yorkshire, GB
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To celebrate Tour de France month, the ride will follow a large part of the 2014 Grand Depart day 1 route. This is a real epic route and includes 4 of the most iconic climbs in the UK as well as the 3 beautiful dales of Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale.

The rolling route up Wharfedale to Buckden warms you up nicely for the first climb of Fleet Moss and the stunning beauty of the source of the river Wharfe. A quick descent to Hawes follows and then, after passing the hotel of the famous Top Gear steak incident, its the majestic Buttertubs. You need a pause at the top before the next descent as the view down to Swaledale is guaranteed to take your breath away! A much needed flatish section follows before the next climb of Grinton Moor and then the Cote de Cray before you coast back into Wharfedale and enjoy the pleasant canter back down the valley.

There is an option on this route for the slower group/s to shorten the route and miss out 2 climbs. The group/s will make a communal decision after reaching Hawes.

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  1. Race Name: 101 miles

    • Bike 101mi
    • Elev Gain 2,818m
    Race Date: Sat 7 Jul 2018, 8.00am
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