The Lune RCC Coal Road Challenge 2017
Proudly sponsored by The Edge Cycleworks
& supported byThe Cold Dark North
 
Sunday 26th February.
8.30am (steady-ish), 8.45 (a bit faster), 9am (speedy)
Starts/Finishes at the Bull Beck Picnic Site, Caton, LA2 9JU.
105km/70miles.
Hilly.
£5 Entry on the Day.
(1.30pm cut off finish at Bull Beck, it's a non-stop ride)
 
Route details on VeloViewer here and download the Strava GPX file here.
Video highlights of 2015 on Vimeo here.
British Cycling event details are here.

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 and beloved climb for Northern road 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."

Reliability Rides have been a feature of club cycling for over 100 years and this one's an early season classic.
They are not races or sportives and are organised to require each entrant to ride over a pre-set course within an agreed time. The route is planned to necessitate all-round riding ability and not sheer speed. Organisers must not publish finishing times or finishing order. 

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