6-8 September 2019

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


11:00 - 12:00

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, coffee and flapjacks and get to know each other, do the safety briefing and review the day’s route.

12:00 - 16:00

The Yorkshire Dales

We ride out from Kendal, stopping for snacks and photos at the Ribblehead viaduct then taking afternoon tea and sarnies at Hawes before a blast up Buttertubs Pass, then it’s ‘mostly’ downhill back to 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. You have the option to book a sports massage at the sports centre near to the pub. Then you’re free to do your own thing for a couple of hours.

20:00 - LATE

Dinner & drinks

Eat at a time and place that suits you. Alexander’s do excellent burgers and fish and chips if you want to come back and join us. We’ll be there until around 9.30pm. A big day ahead so early nights for us.

 

Day Two


08:30 - 09:30

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 a reminder of rules then we’ll be away. Don’t be late.

09:30 - 16:00

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.

16:00 - 17:00

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.

19:00 - LATE

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


09:00 - 09:30

Transfer & meeting

Check out and meet at the Castle Green Hotel with your bags. We’ll do our daily briefing then a minibus will take everyone to the University of Cumbria sports centre in Lancaster where bikes can be collected. If you’re driving you can make your own way and meet us there.

10:30 - 14:30

The Forest of Bowland

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

14:30 - 15:00

Time to say goodbye

We’ll dish up some last refreshments, then we’ve arranged for the University sports centre to give us day passes so you can get a shower and change into your civvies after the ride. After that you’re free to grab your bags and ride, drive or train it home.