- Tour de Yorkshire sportive – roll call & start times
I missed out – bit relieved now I think, I wouldn’t have managed an early start and a big ride.
Doing my own mini ride on Sat – 50 miles from Grassington, down the Dales, up the Cow and Calf to Otley then back up the other side of the Wharf. Looks like a few steep bits, only usually do 20-25 mile fast rides on the road bike, hopefully won’t have to ring for the team car to pick me up 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I assume by down the Dales you mean Grassington – Bolton Abbey – ilkley? If so there is a reasonable amount of climbing on that section. To avoid the worst bit (out of Burnsall) B6160 Grassington to Burnsall. Cross river in Burnsall and take back road to Bolton Abbey, then cross the foot bridge near the cavendish pavillion before the Abbey itself, and take the main road towards Ilkley.
Once you have ridden up the Cow & Calf IMO there is no point in following the ‘official’ route. The roads up there are narrow and very busy (not good for bikes) and the route just makes you climb narrow busy roads, just to loose all the height again to climb Otley Chevin.
Get back to Grassington the north side of the Wharfe on nice quiet cycling roads… with 1 or 2 very steep sharp climbs.
The Otley climb is hard and steep continuous gradient, good to say you have done it, but no nice roads/scenery when you get up there…
I reckon if you do the full ride it will be 4-5,000 ft climbing ?Posted 4 years ago
I suspect that the stats look even worse once you take into account the people who entered the long route and decided to switch to medium at Cullingworth – my OH was one of them.
Certainly when I went through Addingham at 1:23 on the medium route (2 minutes inside the cut off) there were plenty of people behind me. I’d overtaken plenty on the hill over from Silsden, not to mention the people who were already behind me at that stage.
I’d been delayed a bit by a puncture (did everyone who punctured get a motorbike stopping to supervise them fixing it or is it just because I’m a girl? 😉 ) and having to walk past the crashes after Goose Eye but knew I was slowing and decided to deploy local knowledge to cut out the Cow and Calf and rejoin the route at Pool – although I wanted to do the Cow and Calf for the atmosphere I also wanted to get to the finish and do the run in without being diverted/swept up and I knew that the two weren’t compatible given the state of my legs! The distance was roughly the same, but my route was a hell of a lot flatter.Posted 4 years agorogermooreSubscriber
Unless I’m searching incorrectly, don’t think anyone posted a link to the entry page which is now online: here.Posted 3 years ago
Not really sure how I feel about the £62 guaranteed or £52 balloted entry fee.
Also not sure about how the A64 will cope with the traffic on the day, I can imagine getting in/out will be a bit of nightmare.
I think I’ll sleep on it…
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