'The Beast' Sportive - Lake District 108 miles

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Put that winter training to good use in this spring sportive. With tonnes of scenic riding, challenging climbs, lakes, and coastal views, there's something for everyone.
The Beast
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Sun, 8 Aug 2021
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Cottams Field Brewers Fayre, Caton Rd, Lancaster LA1 3PE, UK
Start times
Sun, 8 Aug 2021
The Beast:
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The Beast
Route information
Distance: 174 km / 108 miles
Elevation: 2406 m / 7892 ft
Your day begins on the Lune cycleway and heads through Halton village before a short, sharp climb to gain the quiet road that heads north and towards The Lakes.
Traffic free lanes lead to a short section of quiet A road through Burton in Kendal and continues over the busy A65 at a roundabout. After a short distance, deserted country lanes are rejoined and followed around the large Cumbrian town of Kendal.
Your route joins and follows the quiet A road that heads gradually up to Shap summit and village, this is rarely busy with traffic and it is a joy to follow it up and up into the remote fells before a tiolet and refreshment stop in Shap village itself.
Country lanes are then ridden from Shap, all the way to Pooley Bridge, and your second refreshment break on the shores of the lake a few KM’s up the road, you will ride the complete North side of Ullswater and through both Glenridding and Patterdale hamlets, before passing Brothers Water to the foot of the infamous Kirkstone Pass – ranked #83 of Britain’s top 100 climbs .
A steady grind will see you though the 20% sections and up to The Kirkstone Inn at 1 481 ft above sea level and then it is downhill all the way to the village of Staveley and your second toilet and refreshment break.
Once through the village – with its toilets and feed station, you will head south on remote lanes through several villages and head across the busy A6 towards the coast at Arnside.
You then turn your back to the coast to head inland and through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that we ride most, passing through our home town of Carnforth and back up to the surrounding hillsides.
Here you can savour a last view across Morecambe Bay and the distant Cumbrian Fells before dropping back down to event HQ.
What's included
  • On-site toilets, changing and showers
  • Mechanical support throughout
  • Medical support
  • Fully marked and marshalled course
  • British Cycling Public Liability insurance cover
  • 2 Feed stations
  • Ride times and photos published online post event
  • Several broom wagons - for mechanical support and transport back to event HQ
  • Post ride snacks and drinks inside health club
  • Complimentary post ride swim, sauna, steam and jacuzzi
  • Souvenir event medals available to buy with online entry - £5.00
How to get there
Cottams Field Brewers Fayre, Caton Rd, Lancaster LA1 3PE, UK
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There is free and secure parking available at the event site.
Event day logistics
06:30 3-1-5 Health Club opens
07:30 First riders start
09:00 Last riders start
18:00 Event closes
20:00 3-1-5 Health Club closes
Entry on the Day
Entries are allowed on the day for £5 more than the original cost, please bring cash.
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We have spent many years guiding visitors on adventure days throughout this great region, with our tailor made adventure company Door 2 Door Adventures but over New Year 2017 decided to offer the same experience to fellow cycling enthusiasts like yourself, by using our vast local knowledge to organise and promote various sportives throughout the year.
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