Dalriada in the Dales - Cycling Route
Dalriada In The Dales 2022 will be an enjoyable ride through some of the best of the British countryside. This is a 105km fully arrowed circular route from the Coniston Hotel with a stop in Hawes, where you’ll be refuelled before taking on the highest road in Yorkshire. The infamous Fleet Moss.
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We start at the Coniston Hotel with just a kilometre to cover on the A65 before turning off and heading to Malham.
At around 10km into the ride we have the first climb of the day. Known as ‘Malham Cove’ in the 100 cycling climbs books and on Strava this is a challenging climb but comes nice and early in the ride.
Riders leave Malham and start this climb by following the road signposted Arncliffe climbing gently before reaching a 1 in 7 sign. It’s here that the climb really warms up with the narrow road snaking through limestone walls. Once over the cattle grid if you look back you’ll see just how much height you have gained but also be rewarded with panoramic views back to Malham and the Coniston Hotel.
The route then heads gradually up to the iconic Ribblehead viaduct and the amazing views around it.
After the Viaduct the road carries on rising but riders are rewarded with a fast descent into Hawes where we have a feed station. This is at the 50km/Halfway point of the ride and is well sign posted.
After a refuel and a good chat about the amazing scenery it’s time for the main challenge of the day. Fleet Moss. (https://www.strava.com/segments/6687966)
Leaving Hawes towards Gayle the road is flat as it hugs the river but it soon rears up with a 17% leg burner. The road then feels like it’s almost flat but you are still climbing. Once you pass a few farm buildings the road starts to open up with a view almost to the top of the climb. There’s one last little kick as you turn the left and then you are there. FINALLY. The top of the climb.
Riders then have a great descent as the route heads towards Buckden. From there it’s mostly flat as the route passes through Kettlewell, Grassington and Hetton, and on to the finish.
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We do have cycle tools available before riders set off, however we recommend riders carry a working pump, spare inner tubes, a basic tool kit, food, drink, money, a mobile phone, and spare clothing sufficient to complete the ride being undertaken, taking into account the route and possible adverse weather conditions.
During the cycle event, should you have a problem with your bike that cannot be fixed at the roadside you will be recovered by Allen Bridge (Polocini) and taken back to the HQ.
The routes are fully waymarked. We only have one type of arrow. Any route split points will be fully signposted. Our first support vehicle leaves just ahead of riders and checks the arrows are all in place.
All riders must
We do have cycle tools available before riders set off. However, we recommend riders carry a working pump, spare inner tubes, a basic tool kit, food, drink, money, a mobile phone, and spare clothing sufficient to complete the ride being undertaken, taking into account the route and possible adverse weather conditions.
- Carry a form of identification showing their name, address and the contact details of a person to be advised in the event of an accident.
- The wearing of hard shell helmets conforming to CE standards EN1078 is recommended for all riders at all times whilst on the course.
- Participants will be responsible for their own bike which must be fully roadworthy. If you haven’t had your bike serviced for a while it is worth doing this before the day.
- We ask you to always take responsibility for your own safety and that of those around you by riding in a careful and considerate way.
- You are responsible for bringing clothing and sun protection for the ride that is appropriate for the conditions on the day.
- Road cycle shoes with cleats (we would not recommend trainers).
- Bike lights and reflectors in case of changes in the weather.
- Bike shorts – lycra with a built-in padded crotch liner to provide a cushion.
- Base layer – bike jersey (short or long sleeve weather dependent). Consider one with pockets in the back for easy access to snacks and your phone.
- Mid layer – light insulated
- Outer layer – insulated cycle jacket
- Cycling glasses