We’ve been keen to show you the new stretch of road we’ve been able to add to the 100km Skylark Sportive route (12 April 2015) and finally lined up yesterday for a video shoot. Basically, it’s 4-5km of minor roads leading down from the high moorland above the Calder Valley, eventually placing riders at the foot of the giant Cragg Vale climb. It replaces a short, but busy run up the A646 and adds another altogether better piece of riding.
However, the weather was against us and we almost cancelled the shoot – but in a way, we’re glad we didn’t as the result is actually quite interesting , given the “epic” conditions. As with many of the Skylark’s roads, these are actually quite technical to ride, with cambered surfaces, a small stretch of cobbles, frequent tight bends, heavy gradients and the constant potential for farm mud and flood run-off gravel. Sounds worse than it is, but you wouldn’t ride the event if you weren’t up for a challenge. Anyway, here’s the video – let’s hope it’s dryer on the day!