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Sir Chris Hoy’s HOY One Hundred Sportive is a truly epic ride across the stunning Pennines region and you could find yourself pedalling alongside the man himself as he takes on the challenge.
The heart pounding route takes riders over some of the toughest climbs in the area, including Malham Cove, Park Rash and the highest road in Yorkshire, Fleet Moss. You’ll cover 11,000ft of climbing on the long route, but there is a half route available for those who want to see the breath-taking views without travelling 100 miles.
We’ve graded this a 5/5 so you can be sure to expect some inclines of epic proportions, and downhill swoops to match. This is a new edition to the calendar and we’re certain this is going to be a smashing ride, making the most of terrain that must have been created for mountain bike riders to enjoy.
Starting from Wells, we're ideally located for a diverse and challenging ride. Riders will take in the almost pan flat Somerset levels to the south with views towards Glastonbury Tor, before heading north into the contrasting Mendip Hills to tackle some of it's challenging climbs including the iconic Cheddar Gorge. With a variety of terrain and scenery, and a choice of 4 route lengths, this ride should offer something for everyone!
We start this one with a short loop to warm up, before we take you over the infamous Ditchling Beacon. You’ll get full 360 degree views from here, and the sea will be in your sights. Heading off to Lewes we then ride towards Glyndebourne and Alfriston before looping back inland and heading for home.
This ride is a classic loop in a classic area. We’re making the most of the mighty South Downs so expect a few stiff climbs. We’ve also roped in some long stretches of riding along the ridge which will take your breath away with great views to the North and South as you tackle the white chalky trails.
Starting from the small town of Liphook we spend time in the rolling countryside around Hampshire before striking south and heading for the South Downs. The Long route climbs up and over the beautiful expanses of road across the Downs before looping back to the event centre, with a final climb, just to make sure you arrive feeling like you’ve had a good workout.
This is a chance to really let rip on the singletrack of the Hampshire countryside, and it’s a firm favourite with staff and customers alike. We’ll trek through heather lined trails, swooping through surrounding towns and woodland as we take a circular route around Hindhead. This ride has everything you could want, tough climbs, fast descents, and it’s one many of our riders come back for year on year.
This is one of our hardest rides, and we’ve cut down the distances to reflect that. Set in the Peak District National Park, it’s certainly one for rewarding views and includes a catalogue of well-known climbs up to Oldgate Nick, Bunsal Cob, Mam Tor and Snakes Pass. Our riders will pass through Edale Valley and along the shores of the Lady Bower Reservoir. This is no easy spin, but our riders will certainly see some of the highlights of the Peaks.
Both routes on this tough ride start with a climb and a descent into Coldwell Clough, where those on the full route medium split off to climb up to the top of the classic Jacobs Ladder, before a great descent into Upper Booth. There is a road climb up to the top of Mam Tor, which leads riders to Rushup Edge, around the Roych and back into Coldwell Clough to rejoin the Short route which climbs up the side of Kinder reservoir before heading out to Lantern Pike and the descent back home.