Tour of the Dales - Settle and Hawes
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Join us on this epic road ride around some of the best parts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. And if you want to do more, why not stay overnight and make a weekend of it?
From Settle we'll head up Ribblesdale, past the Ribblehead Viaduct, to Hawes, then down the amazing Wharfedale, and past Malham Tarn back to Settle.
Pace and Terrain
On road, with a healthy dose of climbing, the climb south out of Sleddale after Hawes being especially tough! The event pace and route is designed for road bikes rather than hybrids and is aimed at those who are reasonably bike fit.
You do need reasonable personal fitness for this event, 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 of water and snacks. We will aim to stop for a cafe lunch in Hawes, but it may be later than 1pm, so you will need to snack sufficiently during the ride.