Off the beaten track, the often overlooked Forest of Bowland is one of the most spectacular parts of the UK. Glorious views from quiet country lanes, pretty villages and a couple of tasty climbs makes this a must ride route. The Trough of Bowland is number 75 in the top 100 climbs in the UK, and at 2.1km and 6% it is the feature of this ride. We aim to be finished by 1pm and definitely recommend booking lunch at the nearby Inn at Whitewell.
Meet time: 08:45 sharp with roll out at 09:00
Meet/end location: Dunsop Bridge (Car Park, BB7 3BB) Paid parking available
How to prepare and what to bring:
Please have a nourishing and energising breakfast beforehand. Tip: porridge is great and provides long release of energy.
Filled water bottles
Appropriate cycling kit: jersey, bib shorts / tights, winter jacket cleated shoes, sunglasses and helmet. Advised to bring a gilet to put on at stops. Advisable to check weather beforehand and dress accordingly. Personal supply of food/energy bars/electrolytes
Check bike is in good working order before the ride. Country roads will have debris on them so winter tyres recommended. Check tyre pressure, cables, oiled chainset At least one inner tube and one hand pump (every rider must be prepared to change their own tyre in case of a puncture) Phone / bank card / cash
Upload Strava route to phone/Garmin
Sportive Breaks will provide:
Ride leader to guide you, they will be mechanically knowledgeable with basic tool kit for emergencies.
Format and what’s involved:
At 8:45 Sportive Breaks will provide a briefing of the ride
Roll out at 09:00
We will ride in 2 speed group, mostly two by side when not in congested areas Some roads are narrow and we will ride single file. We will not be riding on closed roads
HC group – 26-30km average speed
Grupetto – 20-24km average and a “no drop” friendly ethos
RIDE RULES (Please scroll down)
No fixed gear or tri bikes
Helmet use is compulsory
Ensure your bike is in good working order
THIS IS A CLUB RIDE, NOT A RACE
Club riding is about working together as a group, do not surge or pass the route leader at any time.
SIGNALLING AND ROAD HAZARDS
Always make the group aware of oncoming traffic or road hazards such as potholes and debris when necessary
It is important to hold your line with no sudden movements, always check if there’s room and signal to move out
If you’re not sure of the signalling conventions used in group riding, please ask the ride leaders before the ride departs
Under no circumstances should you cross wheels with the rider in front of you or when doubling up on the road the rider beside you. This is bad etiquette, dangerous and can cause accidents
BIKE MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY
All riders are responsible for their own well-being during the ride and should be prepared for situations such as adverse weather conditions, mechanical problems and flat tyres
Helmet use is compulsory
You should have any basic tools you may require; we recommend inner tubes, pump, tyre levers and relevant allen keys
Ensure your bike is well maintained and clean, check brake pads and tyres for signs of wear
Bring food, gels and two full bidons
T & C’s
The ride leaders reserve the right to refuse any rider onto the ride if their bike or riding style is a danger to the rider or group.
You are responsible for your own safety whilst on the ride, Sportive Breaks cannot be held responsible for any personal injury or damage to equipment.
ALWAYS LISTEN TO THE RIDE LEADERS AND PLEASE ASK IF YOU’RE NOT SURE ABOUT ANYTHING
One of the most beautiful parts of the UK
Stay for lunch at the Inn at Whitewell
Choice of two guide led speed groups
HC Group (avg speed 26-30km/h)
Grupetto (avg speed 20-24km/h)
Paid parking at meeting point
Coffee & Cake stop half way round.