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Ride the Lakes – the official sportive of the Tour of Britain Cumbrian stages

Brought to you by WHEELBASE, Pennine EventsTour of Britain and Cumbria County Council.

Saturday 8th September 2018

Mintbridge Kendal – Kendal Rugby Club, Shap Road, Kendal, LA9 6NY

Ride the Lakes offers big challenges and a mega day on the bike – well done to all the riders. who completed the course!

Ride Timings Results

Fastest Long Course time: Simon Horsley – 5 hours 20mins
Fastest Medium Daniel Burns – 4 hours 33mins

Sports Sunday Photos from Kirkstone online and downloadable here –

Ride the Lakes is challenging cycle sportive taking place on some of the the finest roads in the Lake District. With three route options to choose from, there is a distance to suit every rider and stunning scenery on offer on each ride. The 2018 edition of the event took place on Saturday 8th September.

This is the official sportive of the Tour of Britain’s Cumbrian stages, Ride the Lakes follows roads ridden by the pros in Britain’s biggest professional bike race. Stage six saw the race traverse the Lake District from south to north, culminating in a summit finish on Whinlatter Pass. The climb features as one of several tough ascents in our sportive route, along with the aptly named The Struggle.

Setting off from Mintbridge Kendal, the home of Kendal Rugby Club, the routes wind along quiet country lanes towards the village of Staveley and enter the Lake District national park. At this point the family ride splits off and follows its own course along more meandering lanes back towards the event HQ, covering a family-friendly 12 miles in total. The medium and long routes continue further into the Lakes and towards the first major ascent of the day, the Kirkstone Pass.

At 454m, the riders climbed to the highest point of the day and they should have be rewarded with some spectacular views but the mist was down and conditions were pretty grim. Following the shores of Ullswater, the route continues north and climbs up to Matterdale End, a gradual ascent with a steady gradient all the way.

The cafe at Keswick Climbing Wall sees the first feed station of the day. It is from here that the long and medium courses split, as the long route continues west onto the climb of Whinlatter Pass and the medium reaches its halfway point and begins to turn for home. After climbing Whinlatter, the long course turns south and passes along the shores of Crummock Water, through the village of Buttermere and on to Newlands Pass for what is a truly spectacular climb.

The long course then rejoins with the medium and heads south from Keswick onto the climb of Chestnut Hill. Following the A591, the route rolls nicely through the centre of the national park, alongside the impressive Thirlmere reservoir and towards Ambleside for the major challenge of the day. The Struggle starts steep and rarely relents as it ascends from the centre of town for almost 5 km with extended sections above 20%. The pro peloton took on this classic Lakeland climb in the 2016 Tour of Britain as huge crowds gathered to watch the world’s strongest riders grind up its seriously steep slopes – Bradley Wiggins even dismounted and ran! The riders needed to make sure they saved some gas for the climb and grit their teeth to pull up the ramps with 80 miles in their legs.

Once at the top of The Struggle it’s mostly downhill all the way to the finish line where there was lovely hot meals from the team at Mintbridge, the home of Kendal Rugby and live coverage of the Tour of Britian.


Kendal Cycle Cub Family Sportive

Despite torrential rain we had a fantastic turn out for the Kendal Cycling Club Ride the Lakes Family Sportive – with 80 kids up for tacking the 12mile circuit on the country lanes to Staveley and back via the steep Potter Climb, with a feed station at WHEELBASE, the UK’s largest Cycle Store.

Photos from the family ride coming shortly…





Two WHEELBASE riders climb The Struggle on a clear day.
Riders suffering towards the top of The Stuggle in the 2016 Tour of Britain.
Classic Lakes weather descended as the pros tackled the 25% slopes of The Struggle from Ambleside.