Coal Road Challenge 01/03/2015
Lune Racing Cycling Club Reliability Ride
Sponsored by The Edge Cycleworks
Reliability Rides have been a feature of club cycling for over 100 years. They are not races and are organised to require each entrant to ride over a preset course within an agreed time. The route is planned to necessitate all round riding ability and not sheer speed.
The Coal Road Challenge is 65 miles long with three sections of climbing, from Ingleborough to Newby Head, The Coal Road and Gawthorpe.
The Coal Road is the road connecting Garsdale Head with Dentdale, and while the mines above Dentdale were abandoned after the railway brought cheap coal from farther afield, the traditional name remains and is a testing climb for Northern cyclists. It reaches nearly 500 metres and ramps up to 20% at its steepest point.
If you need every junction marshalled, are unsure how maps work, find reading instructions difficult, and can't time your own ride...This is not the event for you. If, however, you can manage these simple tasks and want to save about £40 then perhaps a Reliability Ride is worth a try.