Hebden Bridge and Cragg Vale Road Cycle
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Hebden Bridge Pennine Weekender
We will be leading two short but hilly rides over the course of this weekend, taking in some of the best roads to be found in the Pennines. The Sunday ride will be published soon, please check back. Local accomodation options include the independent hostel in Hebden Bridge, YHA Mankinholes and a variety of hotels and B&Bs.
Join us on this ride taking on the longest continuous gradient in England, Cragg Vale. Starting from the lovely Hebden Bridge we'll head up the the infamous Cragg Vale - which is not as hard as it sounds, then we'll cross the Pennines descending to Littleborough, then back across the majestic moors towards Ripponden.
Pace and Terrain
Mostly on road, with a healthy dose of climbing. Short section of well surfaced off road along the Rochdale Canal towpath.
The event pace and route is designed for road bikes rather than hybrids and is aimed at those who are reasonably bike fit, however the day is intended to be an outing rather than an endurance test. We will stop for slower riders to catch up whilst going faster in between stops to allow them to develop their technique and fitness. Broadly, anyone who has recently cycled over 50 miles and who has tackled some steep hills without too much difficulty will be able to complete this ride.
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
Bring plenty to drink and appropriate snacks. We will aim to stop at a cafe or pub for lunch, or pick up food from a supermarket.