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The Britannia Times

The Yorkshire Evening Post on The World's Most Handsome Bike Ride

Published on 17th. May 2017

The Yorkshire Evening Post: Everything you need to know about The Ride!

If you haven’t heard already, unless we sell out before, Ride entries will close on 13th June at midnight, if you’re still sat on the fence about taking part in THE Ride everyone is talking about The Yorkshire Evening Post have kindly broken down all three ride routes for you to digest.

THE RIDE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (and more)

Maserati will once again return as the presenting partner for The Ride on Sunday, June 18. The Ride is THE main event of the weekend, famous for being ‘The World’s Most Handsome Bike Ride’, described by David Millar as “the most fun I’ve had on a bike for a long time” and Chris Boardman MBE as “a marvellous two-wheeled celebration”.

It sets off from Friden Grange on the morning of June 18 in the beautiful Peak District National Park for a three-route challenge. Your choice of 25, 55 or 100 miles over track, trail, forest and moorland on retro pre-1987 road bikes with matching heritage threads for a sensory plunge into rural exploration over miles and miles of pure Great Britishness.

The Short Route: 25 miles

Perfect for: Families and pub crawlers
Elevation 1,245 ft.
Difficulty 2/6.
Typically 3-4 hours

Shortened for 2017 by 5 miles - this is a great choice for riders of minimum levels of fitness - it is fairly undulating but definitely enough of a stretch to give you a challenge. This route has been tailored towards families and those looking to experience the true joy of the journey.


The Medium Route: 55 Miles

Perfect for: The sporty crowd
Elevation 4,084 ft.
Difficulty 4/6.
Typically 6-8 hours
Tougher climbing than 2016, this route does require you to be reasonably fit. Several long climbs will give you a stern workout and the hard work and effort has to be put it to reach the first food stop at 32 miles and earn that first sarnie!


The Long Route: 100 Miles

Perfect for: Those with a stiff upper lip
Elevation 8,745 ft.
Difficulty 6/6.
Typically 8-10 hours.

Notoriously tough with parts on the route a leg numbing 20 per cent gradient. The hardest, without doubt but also a real food cruise taking in Illam for breakfast, Millars Dale Station for Lunch and the spectacular Erwood Sailing Club House in the Goyt Valley for the all important pre-finish line ‘refresh’ at 83 miles.


THE HOME STRETCH

All ‘off-roads’ lead back to Friden Grange via the former train lines of The High Peak railway, where everyone can get ready for gin and ice-cream waiting for them back at The Festival in the mid-summer sun with crowds of proud friends and family waiting with a heroic handsome welcome. PLUS prepared to be wowed by a triple flyover by an original Lancaster Bomber!


AHEAD OF THE RIDE

Enjoy unlimited roaming rights calling through twinkly campfire woodlands into posh British boozers for arm-wrestling, darts and a quick nip before the cinema. Pass through The Adventure Kids Club, busily Blyton-esque in getting back to nature with a boisterous weekend of campfire craft, den building and stargazing. Continue onwards through British boozers, gin bars, snack-a-terias, award-winning ‘eating out-(side) hangouts’, vintage emporiums and over 150 shops and marvel at the stars of the show in ‘Best in Show.

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