The Skylark Sportive is back on the 12th April 2015. The same formula that proved so popular with riders in the inaugural 2014 event is repeated, with three significant Tour de France 2014 climbs providing the main focus for riders. But, once again, the remainder of the route moves away from the A-roads used by the Tour and takes to the network of small country roads that make cycling in the South Pennines such an attraction.
- What is it? A value for money mid-length Road Sportive
- When & Where: 12 April 2015 – event HQ 5 miles West of Huddersfield, West Yorks
- Three Routes: 100, 75 and 50km, full of spectacular scenery & roads – Routes in detail
- Tour Climbs: Two huge climbs, Holme Moss & Cragg Vale plus the steep Ripponden Bank
- Extras: Well stocked feeds and a pie and pea supper at the finish
- Entry: Just £26 via British Cycling’s excellent online entry system
- HQ – Local golf/cricket club with car park, changing room/showers & access to clubhouse
More about the 2015 Skylark Sportive
The 2015 event’s 100km route remains very similar to that of 2014, though a repaired road close to the Cragg Vale climb means that the busy A646 is avoided altogether and a new section of beautiful upland lanes replaces it.
The shorter route options have been considerably re-modeled. The middle (75km) route takes in the Cragg Vale climb before returning to event HQ via Ripponden Bank, but avoiding the Holme Moss ascent.
The 50km route is extensively re-modelled and aims to provide a manageable introduction to the local roads and scenery, but avoiding the longer and more gruelling climbs. However, Ripponden Bank remains as a mid-route benchmark, before a relatively gentle run in to the finish.
All three routes are priced identically at £26. This means that riders can freely move between route options on the day, extending or shortening their rides, depending on their fitness and perhaps the weather conditions. The routes themselves share an identical opening 25km and the splits for the 50km and 75km options come at about 25km and 65km, allowing riders to make “bail out” or “ride further” options at convenient points.
This system worked well at the event’s sister “Autumn Skylark” in September and encourages riders to make realistic decisions about their enjoyment and welfare, without feeling the need to withdraw.
Also back for 2015 will be the much enjoyed pie and peas and hot drink, included in the entry fee and provided upon your return to the comfortable and well-equipped (changing rooms, showers) HQ at the picturesque Marsden Cricket and Golf Club.
We’ll have lots more news on the event in the coming months, but in the meantime, entries are now open, so why not put us in your diary and get your 2015 season off to a great start?
Note: The event sold out with six weeks to go on its first running in April 2014.