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Saturday 16 May 2015, 12noon
The KMF Back o’ Skiddaw 70km Sportive is graded as 2 (out of a possible 5) in the British Cycling sportive grading system, which makes for a moderately hilly half-day road ride, in Lakeland speak! This means it’s open for entry level road cycling and sportive enthusiasts or regular riders looking for something shorter and occasionally furious on the climbs! The ride has approximately 650 metres of ascent, with an expected completion time of between 2.5 and 5 hours.
“Back O' Skiddaw - what a great day! The organisation was 1st class. The route? Well that couldn't have been bettered, with a bit of everything thrown into one loop. It will give something for every type of road cyclist. All in all the best fun I've had on the bike in a very long time!” Rob Hayles, Track World Champion and Olympic medallist
£25 per adult
The course is fully tarmac, and ranges from steeply undulating narrow single track, gated farm roads, to the quieter B and A roads in the area. If you are new to sportives, then this is a great place to start. It has something for everyone, with pleasant and quiet open roads in abundance.
Book Here http://www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk/sporting-events/back-o-skiddaw-70km-sportive
I've worked for the National Trust since 2002 and I moved up to the Lake District to take up a job in Buttermere and Ennerdale in 2008.
I'd always enjoyed fellwalking holidays but what's really struck me since I came to the Lakes are the amazing stories buried beneath the surface of the landscape.
I feel privileged to work alongside our knowledgable rangers. Whenever I go out on the hills with one of them I always learn something about the history, the wildlife, the archaeology, the geology. I think of it like getting beneath the skin - there's this awe-inspiring landscape with this incredible cultural depth beneath it. I'm certainly never bored!