Good luck to the 10 Welland Valley members tackling the hardest cyclocross race (and one of the most extraordinary events) in the world – The Three Peaks Cyclocross Race – and all those friends and rivals from other clubs lining up on the start line.
The team will line up on the start ready for the spectacle of a mass start of over 500 riders at 9.30 on Sunday ready for 38 miles of racing, of which up to 34 is rideable (20 off-road and 18 road) including 5000 feet of climbing, much of it on foot.
To follow their progress at each of the timing point use the link below:
From the off it will be full on – the first road section is “neutralised” but at some speed to string out the riders ready for the first off-road section. Left at Gill Garth over the cattle grid, through the farm yard and up onto Simon Fell. Soon they’ll be shouldering their bikes and walking – or scrambling as the gradient ramps up to 45%. Then they’ll be up to the summit of Ingleborough for the first timing point and the long descent to Cold Cotes – the second timing point. Then they’ll be onto the long road section to Whernside where more bike shouldering beckons. They’ll climb onto the largely rideable whaleback ridge with views to the Lake District and The Howgills for the third timing point. Next they’ll tackle the difficult long descent to Ribblehead past the viaduct (nearly as impressive as the Welland Valley one!) and the fourth timing point. Onto the long road section to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. It’ll be vital to refuel on this section before the next peak. They turn onto the cobbly, rocky drovers’ road that is Penyghent lane keeping left to avoid the fast riders already clattering down barely in control. This will be a long slog – still riding up onto the footpath until the gradient defeats energy reserves and gearing and it’ll be back to walking. Up to the summit for the last timing point turning for the fast technical descent – just in control – back down to Horton and left for the last road section to race full gas against anyone still near you and a final sprint back to Helwith Bridge.
Remember if you’re spectating at the Three Peaks – or any other cyclocross race that we’ve got to have more cowbell!