Two Route Options 170k & 115k
A Stunning Sportive Through England's Last Wilderness
170km / 107miles 3170m / 10,400' Ascent
Nine Challenging Climbs
Climb England's Highest Road Pass
At five-miles long and 1,904-feet high, the climb will provide the highest and toughest summit finish in the modern Tour of Britain's history
Climb Hartside Pass as Featured in the 2015 Tour of Britain...The High Moors sportive includes the climb of Hartside Pass which will feature in Stage 5 of this year's Tour of Britain, described as "a route that includes the race's toughest ever summit finish” . Although this will be from the opposite direction to the Tour, this will be no less challenging especially as it's the final major climb of the day is followed by an exhilarating 5 mile sweeping descent back into the Eden Valley.
Based around the North Penines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this sportive starts from the historic market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. The course takes in some spectacular climbs throughout Teesdale & Weardale on superb moorland roads with steady gradients which bear more resemblance to continental style climbs. This is a great route for anyone preparing for events such as the Marmotte or Etape sportives, Ironman Triathlon, or simply looking for a great day out on the bike.
Starting & finishing in Appleby there are two routes to choose from: 170km/107miles and115km/72miles options.
Venue: Appleby Sports Centre, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6XU
Schedule on the Day:
07:00 - 0900 Registration open (Numbers will be issued at registration)
07:30 - 0900 Start
1300 Cut off time at Middleton-in-Teesdale
Route 1: 170k/ 107 miles With nine challenging climbs & 3170m of ascent this promises to be a classic sportive. The route initially winds through the quiet lanes of the Eden Valley then into Middleton-in-Teesdale via Stainmore Common (477m). From Middleton the route takes in the awesome climbs of Bollihope Common (511m) & Crawleyside (474m) over open moorland roads to the picturesque villages of Edmundbyers & Blanchland. Cuthbert's Hill (516m) is the next main climb sweeping in to Lintzgarth & the remote Rookhope valley & onto the climb of Rookhope Head (540m) to Allenheads village in Northumberland.
Following the climb of Burtree Fell (576m), the route drops back into Weardale to tackle the steep climb of Harthope Moss at 629m the highest point on the course & the highest road pass in England. The course then passes through upper Teesdale over Harwood Common (595m) past the ski tows, before descending into Garrigill & tackling Hartside Pass (577m) the last major climb of the day. There is a fantastic sweeping descent from Hartside to the village of Melmerby before returning to Appleby. Download a coure map HERE.
Route 2: 115k/ 72 miles Follows the same course to Middleton-in-Teesdale via Stainmore Common. The route then heads west through the remote valley of upper Teesdale past High Force, the highest waterfall in England to Langdon Beck. You then follow the same course as route 1 over Harwood Common & Hartside Pass to finish at Appleby. Download a coure map HERE.
Route 1: There will be three main feed/timing stations located at:
1.Middleton-inTeesdale (GR 949 263) at 28 miles. Located 600m north of village on Bollihope road.
2. Picnic area car park at Baybridge (GR 958 500) at 51 miles. This is situated approx. 800m west of Blanchland.
3. Grass lay-by to the west of Langdon Beck at 72miles (GR 849 317). This is where the two routes converge.
Route 2: There will be one feed/timing station located to the west of Langdon Beck at 72miles (GR 849 317). This is where the two routes converge. There will be option to visit F/S 1 route 1.
Feed stations will be stocked with a selection of caramel shortbread, flapjack, jam sandwiches, bananas, jellies, water, coke & hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate, soup).