The Sportive Breaks tour experience
Each ride will be fully supported with a van and rider. The van will set up a feed station at regular intervals and will also be on hand to support the group. You will be given a Sportive Break day bag for additional kit and these will be available at each stop. We will stop for lunch at a pre-determined cafe/restaurant. On the flat we will ride together in groups and on the climbs we will climb at our own speed. We will re-group either at the top of each climb or another appropriate spot.
If you want to go for the KOM / QOM feel free but the ethos primarily is to enjoy being on our bikes in beautiful places. On the Coast to Coast
Our hotel for the evening is the Queens Hotel, St Bees
130 Main St, Saint Bees CA27 0DE
Car parking is at the St Bees railway car park close to the hotel
Welcome dinner is at 19:30
Stage One : St Bees to Stanhope
162km, 3252m (Strava HERE)
The queen stage. We start at 8.30am withe a short warm up as we ride to Whitehaven for the obligatory “back wheel in the Irish Sea” start of the C2C route. The first section takes us on a cycle path with some loose surface as we head towards the nothern part of the Lake District. Our main climb of the morning is Whinlatter pass with the Summit coming at 43km. We will aim to stop in Keswick before heading to Penrith and the start of the Pennines. We have a number of climbs between here and our base for the night in Stanhope! The most famous climb being Hardside pass. This is wild and exposed at the top and one of the longest continual climbs in the UK with 400m gained over 5 miles.
Our base for the evening is the Bonny Moorhen pub in Stanhope
Another roll out at 8.30am, our shortest day with just over 100km to make it back to the West Coast. The majority of the climbing is in the middle 40km as we cross back over the northern lake district. Once we are over this we have some undulations along the coast but we will be in sight of victory!