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Rider Times

King of the Pennines Rider Times King of the Pennines Round-Up

Congratulations to all that entered the King of the Pennines ride this weekend. What a weekend!? The scenery was stunning

Are you up to the Challenge? King of the Pennines 4th September 2011

King of the Pennines is the ultimate Super Sportive in the dramatic Yorkshire landscape. This 101mile Full Sportive loop, or 48 Half Sportive loop will get your heart pounding and adrenalin flowing.

Where: Airville School,
Gargrave Road,
BD23 1UQ

When: 4th September 2011

Distance: 101 Full Sportive Miles, 48 Half Sportive Miles

Who: This is a ride for anyone seeking a cycling challenge. A basic level of fitness is recommended and experience of cycling in a Sportive.

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Charity: A donation of £5.00 for every entry to King of the Pennines will go to Leaukemia & Lymphoma Research.

The boys are back from setting out the course and it’s all up. There were three of them out there today putting up the route in sections but Mark was also out for a jolly and did the whole route. He’s now in the bath soaking his legs, but before he disappeared I had a word. We warm you up with a long flat section before the climbs start and Mark said he was wondering what the fuss was about, then he rode into Malham :-) Here we climb to the west of the cove up a steep road with a few hairpins. Both Mark and Keith said they quite enjoyed the challenge and the top opens you up to fantastic views and the start of the real Pennine countryside. From here to the drinkstation in Kettlewell is miles on remote, scenic tarmac which Keith described as ” what road bikes where built for” After Kettlewell the Full route heads over Fleet Moss which is the highest road in Yorkshire and then a long, steep descent into Gayle ( Picture above) Mark managed 47mph down here with a crosswind ( I did 48mph earlier in the year) but did say he was on the brakes as he didn’t want to get blown off. Up until this point he had had a tailwind and this was about to show itself as he turned into it for the return journey. This really kicked in on the climb up Coverdale which is 9miles up hill! A fast descent with a hairpin and it’s back into Kettlewell for the third drinkstation stop. From here it’s all pretty good running until the final sting in the tail over Barden Moor and into Skipton. Mark’s ride time was 6 hours 40 minutes with an average of 15mph so that should give you an idea of what to expect ( He said he would have done 6hours without the wind )

Right, last minute details.

The day will run like this:-


Riders should turn up to the event centre at:-

Aireville School
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1UQ

There will be marshals directing you to the nearest carpark ( There are two by the school and one on the other side of the main road)

Registration opens from 7am until 9.15am, please follow signs to registration.

Here you will pick up your timing chip, maps, rider number ( for photographer ) SIS bar and a ticket for breakfast.

Breakfast will be served from the school canteen and will include cereal or Porridge, Tea/Coffee/Juice ( If you wish to have another cup please bring your original cup back for a top up)

Get yourself ready to ride and then follow the signs to the start.

Starts are every 5minutes as and when you are ready, last start is at 9.30am PROMPT.

Please follow the directions of the Marshal at the top of the road. You will be directed left, up to the roundabout, ride around this and back past the school.


These will be at approximately every 25 miles. The Long riders will visit the station in Kettlewell twice.

Each station will have access to Loos and water.

They will be stocked with free cake, flapjack, bananas, SIS drink and mini eggs J

Please follow direction signs and marshals at these station.


There are some big hills, up and down. Please be cautious on ALL descent as there are a few hairpins and you will need to keep your speed in check. We will put out caution signs before these so if you see a sign it means there is something to be cautious of!!!

If you need help, please phone us on the number on the map. Due to the distances it might take us a while to get to you so please be prepared and be able to fix at least two punctures ( we will get to you buy it might take up to half and hour )

In the event of an emergency use the number on the map, if you can’t get a signal please use a nearby house.


When you finish please go to the finish and hand back your timing chip. This is important as it is a check for us that you have returned and are not stuck out on a moor somewhere!

You will receive your goodie bag and another ticket. The ticket can be handed to the canteen for you bowl of pasta and a hot drink.


We will post on the blog a link to photos and your times on the Monday night after the event.


You will also get an e-mail asking you for choice of free ride at a future Ride It. If you have not given us an e-mail address with your KotPs purchase then there will be a list at registration where this can be added.

Any important questions?

Please mail Dean on

Preview the Route:

About: The 101 mile challenge takes in over 11.000 ft. of climbing with riders being rewarded with some of the best downhill straights and stunning views in the North. This prized area of outstanding beauty will see you dig deep and ride to the max, with the route taking you to the limestone splendor of Malham Cove, through Kettlewell and full steam ahead to Dodd Fell. Expect highs of 1913ft and wind curdling descents as your journey is flanked by plummeting ravines, heather moorland and spitting streams, and for those looking for a shorter (but just as tough) challenge there’s the 48 mile loop featuring 4 steady climbs and equally fantastic scenery.

The Route: View the provisional route details here.

Entry: Group Entry Deals: £5.00 OFF adult entry when you buy 6. When booking use the code KOTPGRP6* 20% OFF adult entry when you buy 12. When booking use the code KOTPGRP12*

Adult: £30.00 Child: £5.00

*Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions including Price Match. Only valid on adult entries. Expiry date 31st August 2011

What you get:

  • FREE SIS energy product and demo bikes, ‘Try before you Buy’ Gore Bikewear, plus…
  • Extra feed stations / mechanical stops
  • FREE goody bag (worth £12.00)
  • FREE Breakfast with hot drink or juice at the start
  • FREE Pasta Meal and Hot drink at the finish
  • FREE discount voucher for a future RideIt! event
  • Sweeper waggon & support vehicle for those in need
  • You could volunteer to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research during your ride. This is optional, however funds raised will support Leukemia & Lymphoma Research’s life changing work.