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Local (ish) 2024 Sportives (April & May)

14 APRIL 2024 – THE RAM – YORKSHIRE DALES 80 MILE SPORTIVE (https://topdogevents.co.uk )

The Ram sportive is a brilliant day out riding along remote roman roads that pass between the Yorkshire Dales most famous 3 giant peaks of Ingleborough, Pen y Gent and Whernside. 
The ride has been extended to 80 miles to include an ascent of the legendary Coal Road, en route to the breath taking descent of Barbondale, surely one of the best cycling experiences England has to offer.

Ronde Van Calderdale 2024
Cycle Sportive , Liversedge – Sunday, 28 Apr 2024 (http://www.rondevancalderdale.org)

The RVC 2024 is a cobbled climb classic around the Calderdale and Kirklees districts with a great combination of  dramatic scenery, fast road sections and the added dimension of many different profiles of cobbled climbs. 
Our website www.rondevancalderdale.org offers a wealth of information about the event.
The 2024 event will feature two distance options providing all levels of ability with the opportunity to enjoy this unique event. For those looking to challenge the cobbles but not overdo it, make your turn at feed station 2, this takes you towards HQ and a 54+ mile distance. The shorter distance remains a challenge, it still takes most people over 4 hours.
If you are feeling good and want the full experience then keep going at feed station 2 and put in the top loop. Your total distance will be about 74-75 miles and will see most people finish in about 5.5+ hours. The course record was broken in recent years at under 4 hours 20 mins but time is not the only outcome. Our returning riders tell us the memories, the camaraderie, the course, the helpers and our great gifts, pies and beer are all part of the day out.

Struggle Dales
Cycle Sportive , Harrogate – Sunday, 19 May 2024

Struggle Dales is one of the UK's hardest sportives, set in the beautiful but brutal Yorkshire Dales landscape. 
The renowned Struggle Dales Yorkshire sportive isn't one to be taken lightly, but with prior training, grit and guts it's achievable for almost any ambitious road cyclists. 
The Route
For one year only, Struggle Dales route will run in reverse, giving riders the opportunity to experience the Yorkshire Dales from a different perspective.
This epic Yorkshire sportive takes riders over 108 miles and 9,430ft of stunning yet unforgiving Yorkshire Dales terrain over climbs including Trapping Hill, Malham Cove and many more bucket-list cycling climbs.
Find out more at: www.ridethestruggle.com