The Tour of the Roses has been designed to squeeze maximum riding pleasure (and pain) into just three days and two nights. You could feasibly leave home early on the Friday morning and be away in time to tuck the kids into bed on Sunday.



Day One

10:30 - 11:00

Meeting & greeting

We all meet for the first time at the Castle Green Hotel car park where you can register and fettle your bike. Check-in first or drop your bags with us. We’ll serve tea and coffee and get to know each other, do the safety briefing and review the day’s route.

11:00 - 16:00

The Yorkshire Dales

We ride out from Kendal, stopping for snacks and photos at the Ribblehead viaduct before a blast up Buttertubs Pass. Late lunch in Hawes, a toil up the Coal Road and then it’s ‘mostly’ downhill back to the Castle Green in Kendal.
See the full day’s route.

16:00 - 17:00

Pints & protein

We’ll take care of the bikes while you enjoy a post-ride pint (of whatever you fancy) at Alexander’s. Then you’re free to get showered, maybe use the pool and steam room do your own thing for a couple of hours.

19:00 - LATE-ISH

Dinner & drinks

Eat at a time and place that suits you. Alexander’s do excellent burgers and fish and chips if you’d like join us. We’ll be there until around 9.30pm. A big day ahead so an early night is recommended.


Day Two

08:30 - 09:00

Coffee & briefing

We’ll be meeting at the Castle Green Hotel again before the big day ahead. Bring a day bag with extra layers and your personal ibuprofen stash and hand it over to the crew. A quick briefing on the route and then we’ll be away. Don’t be late.

09:00 - 17:00

The Lake District

Time for a not-so-leisurely ride around the Lake District. A first break overlooking Coniston, then lunch in Eskdale Green around midday. The afternoon takes in Hardknott, Wrynose and finally Kirkstone Pass - if you’re up to the struggle.
See the full day’s route.

17:00 - 18:00

Pints & protein

We’ll check over the bikes then load them into the van if you need transport down to Lancaster for the start of the final day’s ride. We stay overnight in Kendal so you don’t have to worry about changing hotels. Relax and join us for a pint or two.

19:30 - LATE-ISH

Awards Dinner

This one is a bit more formal (jeans and smart trainers are still OK). Three courses in the Greenhouse restaurant at the Castle Green. We’ll announce the winner of the day’s KOM competition and other random awards that we’ll make up and hand out arbitrarily.

Day Three

9:30 - 10:30

Transfer & meeting

Check out and head south to Lancaster Leisure Park, a 35 minute drive south. We can arrange transport for you if needed. We’ll dole out the bananas, bars and gels then brief you on the day’s route before setting off.

10:30 - 14:30

The Forest of Bowland

The run up to Jubilee Tower will test your legs first thing. Then we cruise over the Trough of Bowland and out to Slaidburn where we’ll break for lunch. After that it’s over the Skaithe and Cross of Greet then a long downhill run back to Lancaster.
See the full day’s route.

14:30 - 15:00

Goodbyes (to some)

We’ll dish out some recovery refreshments, then you can change into your civvies, grab your bags, bid fond farewells and drive or train it home. That is unless…

15:00 - 16:30

The last hurrah!

The Lancaster Brewery is just a two minute walk from the car park. You’re welcome to join us for one last pint if it’s safe and wise for you to do so.