With new cycling sportives being created each year, the Lake District is #theplacetobe for such events.
Cycling sportives are now a year round occurrence in the Lake District and Cumbria. The true cycling capital of the North, this region has the roads, the stunning scenery and some of the most talented amateur cyclists in the country.
Earlier in the year there’s the Lakeland Loop and of course, the mighty Fred Whitton. Each taking on the full circumference of the national Park and all its mountain passes. Many will have heard or endured Wrynose and Hardknott but don’t under estimate Honister, Cold Fell or Hawkshead Hill! The summer then heads into Triathlon season including the toughest iron man challenge where competitors do the 112 mile Fred Whitton route amongst climbing Scafell Pike and swimming Wastwater no less.
One more here as it’s quite exhausting even writing about it, the Altura Fell Beast Sportive on Sunday 23rd September 2018. Choose from Short (37 miles), Standard (69 miles) or Epic (101 miles) distances. Starting from Carlisle Racecourse the Epic route takes cyclists on a nice little climb straight away Warnell Fell before heading south to the North Lakes taking on Honister Pass, Keswick and Lorton Vale.
It doesn’t matter what sportive is being taken on, the choice of places to stay for participants, friends, families and spectators is fabulous. Many people make a weekend out of it and why not in the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Some sportives are bigger and more popular than others (accommodation in Grasmere is probably already booked up or 2019 on Fred Whitton weekend) but there are always places just outside any village or town. These events bring in cyclists from all over the UK and who can blame them with the wall to wall stunning scenery and some of the most challenging roads too. There are plenty of B&B’s and hotels in these two towns but it is always worthwhile checking they have secure bike storage. If not, then self catering is a handy option for cyclists. More space for kit, the ability to have breakfast early and kitchen faciltities for making sandwiches and essentials such as washing machines. The
For a comprehensive guide to the Lake District town & villages as well as places to stay, restaurants and pubs visit AllofTheLakeDistrict.co.uk.