A 208 km Audax, long-distance cycling event from the Lancashire coast to the Yorkshire Dales and back again – in a day!
Start: Bispham, Lancashire
Date: Sunday 21 October 2018
Start time: 07:30 am
Ride the Lancashire Lights 200 is a 208 km cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK (AUK), taking place on Sunday 21 October 2018, starting and finishing in the town of Bispham, 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 208 km route.
Start by riding across the Fylde flatlands, pass through Lancaster City Centre, then follow a pleasant set of A + B roads to the first control at Sedbergh (78 km).
From here, climb over Garsdale Head into the Yorkshire Dales National Park on a route offering panoramic views across the Yorkshire Dales. Eventually, you’ll arrive at the (usually very busy) market town of Hawes (102 km), the second control, and the half-way point, where there’s a good selection of cafes, pubs and tearooms.
Start your return by climbing over Newby head, past the Ribblehead Viaduct offering magnificent views across 3-peaks country.
Head back into Lancashire by climbing over Tatham Fell/Cross o’ Greet, and a final chance for some refreshments at the Riverbank Tearooms at Slaidburn (155 km), deep inside the Forest of Bowland.
The last stretch follows a scenic route through the Bowland Fells before a final run through the Lancashire Fylde flatlands.
START AND CONTROL DETAILS
Event HQ is the Bispham community centre (see map below). Free parking will be available in the community centre car-park for the duration of the event, available on a first come – first served basis! If the car-park is full when you arrive parking is available on nearby Munster Avenue. You can also see the start on google maps by clicking on the following link:
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 3 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 at:
Slaidburn: 53 km
Hawes: 104 km
Sedbergh: 119 km
HOW TO GET TO THE START
Bispham is located on the west coast of Lancashire, approximately 3-miles north of Blackpool Tower. Bispham is easily accessible from junction 4, M55.
Please be advised that Blackpool Airport no longer operates passenger flights.
The nearest international airport is Manchester Airport, approximately 60-miles from the start location. Car hire is available from most of the major car rental companies. Alternatively, you can take a direct train to the Blackpool North station (see below).
The nearest railway station is Blackpool North Station, approximately 2.5 miles from the start. Northern Rail operates regular direct services to/from Manchester Airport (convenient for overseas riders – journey time about 1-hour, 40-minutes), and Preston (journey time about 30-minutes), where there are connections to London and Scotland.
ACCOMMODATION BEFORE THE START
Most of the chain hotels have some sort of hotel in or around Blackpool.
The nearest hotel to the start is the Premier Inn, located on Devonshire Road about 0.5-miles from the start. http://www.premierinn.com
The nearest IBIS is located directly opposite Blackpool North Pier (3-miles). http://www.accorhotels.com
The nearest Travelodges are located at Blackpool south shore and Promenade (5-miles). http://www.travelodge.co.uk
There are a string of other hotels along the Blackpool Promenade too numerous to mention.
See http://www.visitblackpool.com for further details.
Full entry details on the AUK website calendar page. Click on the link below to enter:
Entry fee: £6.00. n.b. non AUK/CTC members will need to add £2 to include temporary membership for insurance purposes!
Entry fee includes:
- Brevet card with detailed route-sheet giving precise instructions
- Validation with Audax UK (AUK)
- 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 Ride the Lancashire Lights 200 on “Yet Another Cycling Forum” (YACF). Just click on the link below to access the relevant discussion page: