Last Chance Dales Dance 200 – 29 September 2019

A 203 km Audax, long-distance cycling event from Lancashire to the Yorkshire Dales and back in a day.

Start: Clitheroe, Lancashire

Date: Sunday 29 September 2019

Time: 08:00 am

The Last Chance Dales Dance 200 is a 203 km cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK (AUK), taking place on Sunday 29 September 2019, starting and finishing in the town of Clitheroe, Lancashire.

The event is a randonnee, not a race! Those taking part will have a maximum of 13-hours & 30-minutes to complete the challenging 203 km route.


Start the morning by riding through the Ribble Valley. After Settle, the route heads into the Yorkshire Dales National Park where you can enjoy magnificent views extending across 3-peaks country, before climbing over the Buttertubs Pass to the first control in Swaledale.

Choose your own route to Middleham; either climb over Askrigg Common and ride through Wensleydale or continue through Swaledale and climb over the “Cote du Grinton Moor”. Either way, you’ll all be together as you embark on the next hilly leg over Nidderdale, where you can enjoy a “cuppa n’ cake” and Yorkshire Tea at How Stean Gorge.

Return to Lancashire by climbing over Greenhow Hill.

Buttertubs Pass, north Yorkshire

How hilly is it?

The Last Chance Dales Dance 200 has about 3300 metres of climbing, equal to about 16.5 metres of climbing per kilometre. In Audax terms, this makes the event a “Grimpeur” (hilly), qualifying for 3.25 points for the Audax Altitude Award (AAA). Please click on the link below for more information about this.

Elevation profile, Last Chance Dales Dance 200



Event HQ is the St. Mary’s Centre, Church Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire. Free breakfast, typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice will be available at the start. Refreshments, typically sandwiches/cakes will be available at the finish.


Riders obtain proof of passage through a series of predetermined controls. Acceptable proof of passage requires independent evidence of time, date and control location. Acceptable forms include:

  • A timed signature of a controller designated by the organiser
  • A stamp, sticker or other distinct mark (inside the brevet card) provided by the event organiser and/or a controller
  • A printed receipt, with time, date and control location (usually from a cash register or ATM)
  • Other forms may be designated by the organiser, provided they are acceptable to AUK

Where a rider is unable to obtain proof of passage, an alternative form may be accepted at the organiser’s discretion.

With just the 2 controls to visit you’ll have plenty of opportunity to view the spectacular sights of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. All you have to do is obtain a till receipt at any of the commercial establishments in the control towns to prove your passage. The controls are located at:

Keld 75 km (open 10:30 – 13:00)

How Stean Gorge 136 km (open 12:32 – 17:04)


By car:

The town of Clitheroe is easily accessible from junction 31, M6. Just follow signs for the A59. There’s over 100 parking spaces available in the main central car-park free on a Sunday, within walking distance of the event start (click on the link below to see map):

By train:

Northern Rail serves Clitheroe railway station, which is within walking distance of the event start. However, be aware there are no trains on the morning of the event. Travellers arriving by train are advised to arrive the night before and book some accommodation somewhere (see below for further details about this).


There are a few B & Bs in and around Clitheroe.

The nearest Travelodges are Burnley, jcn 10, M65 (10-miles); Blackburn,  jcn 4, M65 (15-miles), Preston (16-miles) and Skipton (18-miles).

The nearest Premier Inn’s are Salmesbury, A59 (11-miles) and Burnley (13-miles).

The nearest Mercure hotels are Foxfields Country Hotel, Billington (5-miles) and The Dunkenhalgh Hotel near Clayton-le-Moors (7-miles).

The nearest Holiday Inn’s are Burnley, jcn 10, M65 (10-miles) and Preston (16-miles).

The nearest IBIS is located at junction 1, M55, Preston north (19-miles).

Road up from Leighton Reservoir


Entry fee: £6.60 n.b. non AUK/CTC members will see £3 automatically added to include temporary membership for insurance purposes! N.B. entry fees are non-refundable and will be taken at the time of entry! The entry won’t fluctuate during the course that entries remain open! Online entrants will usually receive e-mail confirmation of their entry within 72-hours of entering!

Click on the link below to enter:


Entry fee includes:

  • Brevet card with detailed route-sheet giving precise instructions
  • Validation with Audax UK (AUK) and Audax Club Parisien (ACP)
  • 3rd party insurance for UK based riders
  • Breakfast before the start (typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice etc)
  • Refreshments at the finish (typically sandwiches & cakes)
  • Any photograph’s taken by the organiser/helpers during the event

Fancy a chat?

You’ll find the Last Chance Dales Dance 200 on “Yet Another Cycling Forum” (YACF). Just click on the link below to access the relevant discussion page:

What do previous riders think?

You can get a flavour of the ride by reading Peter Bond’s excellent ride report from the 2011 edition here:

Some previous rider comments from the YACF forum:

“a brilliant route, fast and hilly, with more scenery than you get on most 600s. Two stops in good cafes…..”.  –  Danial Webb (2011)

“I made a 180-mile round trip for this ride – easily the best 200 I’ve done this year”.  –  Chris Marten (2011)

“Thank you very much again Andy and my fellow riders en route – I had an enjoyable and challenging ride that I will remember for some time to come – the perfect way to end my first Audax season – great company…”.  –  Justin Jones (2011)

“It was a pleasant surprise to ride a well-thought out route with decent control cafes, no gratuitous hills (though hills of all sorts) and worthwhile views. You know those things that are really good but nobody seems to know about them? This ride is one of those really good things. If you have nice weather, as we did, you’ll enjoy this one”.  –  Dave Minter (2013)

“A very enjoyable ride. Incredible views, excellent cafes, lovely weather and great company. What more could you ask for? Most fun event of the year for me”.  –  Ian Kellar (2013)