Mary Towneley Loop – how hard?
Not all that technical, from memory. Just long. Easy enough in good weather though the boys from the LBS (CycleAddicts in Rochdale) did it last Sat in the pissing rain in 7-8h, going from Watergrove.
Perceived wisdom is that clockwise is better to ride than anticlockwise (more gradual climbs and rideable downhills, rather than endless shallow descents and pushing uphill) but opinions do vary.
AndyPosted 5 years agoTonyLSubscriber
Can be as hard or easy as you want it to be. If you just go at a nice steady pace I think most regular cyclists can manage it ok. There is nothing difficult on it skills wise. We run it as a guided ride a couple of times a year and normally only have one or two people drop out weather conditions can make a big difference to how much you enjoy the day too hot and you will run out of water too wet and it’s just miserable.Posted 5 years agoBikeandBaconButtyMember
Its a good challenge. I feel compelled to do it once a year. I live 10 mins from Watergrove and prefer going anti clockwise for some reason… not sure why, there are awful climbs either way round you tackle it! Cracking countryside ranging from the niceness of Widdop to the bleakness of Rooley Moor. Take plenty of food & and a couple of inner tubes. I usually hover around the 7 to 8 hour mark, apparently somebody managed to go round in just over 4 hours in the official event!
Enjoy!!!Posted 5 years agoD0NKSubscriber
bit of a box ticking exercise, not that great a ride IMO. Ridden shorter rides that were more challenging and longer rides that were more fun. Did it CW on my own, navigation was a pain but I am sometimes quite navigationally challenged (plus I was following a route which, unbeknown to me, wasn’t the official route) Doing The Challenge would make it more fun I guess but you’re tied to that date/weather and personally I wouldn’t do it on a minging day.
good challenge tho and some good scenery if bleak is your thing 🙂Posted 5 years agoglobaltiMember
I’ve done it twice, first time was on my full rigid Hei Hei and by the end I felt like I’d done a few rounds with Mike Tyson. Second time was on my Global with SIDs and I felt less beaten up. It’s tough and bumpy in places and there isn’t much water. Have a look at http://www.idonohoe.com for some pics and a description anticlockwise.Posted 5 years ago
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