We’ve updated the 100km route for 2016, removing Holme Moss, which although popular with riders, was actually quite limiting to us as organisers, forcing an awkward out-and-back route up the climb and limited options leading away from the climb. Add to that the fact that in both the 2014 and 2015 Skylarks, most riders didn’t make the summit due to high winds and you can perhaps see why we decided to drop it for 2016.
We were determined that the removal of Holme Moss would only come if we could actually improve the 100km ride as a result. And we think we’ve done that. We’ve replaced it with a cracking loop through the Upper Calder Valley. This is an outstanding area for cyclists and gives us several major new features to share with riders. Here a few images that capture the area’s rugged landscape and stunning roads.