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Altura Gravity Stage Race

Pictures from the  Altura Gravity Stage Race which took place in Whinlatter Forest on Saturday 31 May 2014. The photos can be viewed and purchased from Racingsnakes.com The race was also sponsored by Cyclewise (based at Whinlatter visitor centre) and The Forestry Commision who do a great job of looking after the Forest in the Lake District National Park.  The other main sponsor was Altura (a brand of cycling wear)   There were six stages to test the mountain bike riders as they rode around the Whinlatter Forest Mountain Bike trails, many of the trails had been built for the event . Each of the stages were timed with electronic timing (sportident timing system). The riders dibbed their electronic punch at the top of the runs as they started, the riders also did the same at the end of the stage with the Marshall stood on the finishing line. The time was not counted between the stages, so riders could take time to get their breath back.

 

Altura Gravity Whinlatter Stage Race

There were over 200 riders that raced, the results from the days racing are now available on the Sportsident website

Photos were taken at various points around the Whinlatter course.  Many were on stage 6 which was a narrow trail built through the thicket of the Forest.  This stage although not a long section was challenging. the line held well and the later riders benefited from a clearer route with burns starting to build allowing for faster cornering.

Etape du Dales

The Etape du Dales is a gruelling 112mile cycling sportive that set off from Threshfield (Grassington) in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The route climbs over a number of significant hills inluding Fleet Moss, Buttertubs, Tan House Hill, Coal Road and Dale Head.  The total amount of climbing (and descent) is 9170 feet (2795 meters).

The first 10 miles of the route follows the Tour De France (Le Grand Depart) stage 1 from Threshfield to Buckden.  The route then peels off to do the brutal but beautiful climb over Fleet Moss at about 18 miles into the route, there is then a long before descent into the small Dales town of Hawes.  When in Hawes the Etape du Dales rejoins the Tour de France stage 1 route to ascend the Buttertubs pass at about 25 miles into the route.  The Buttertubs Pass has an official category 3 rating for the Tour De France and is a popular climb with cyclists trying to gain the King of the Mountains on the Strava app.  The route continues into Swaledale before leaving the TdF route before it reaches Reeth at Low Row.  The Etape du Dales then heads off to climb the Tan House Hill but first there is the climb over to Arkengarthdale. Tan house hill is at about 46 miles into the route.  Before starting its homeward leg.  At 70 miles the Old Coal Road is a hard climb with all those miles in the legs, it passes Dent Station the highest mainline railway station in the UK before descending into the pretty vally bottom. The Etape du Dales continues along the vally gently climbing at first before another big climb from Stonehouse towards Newby Head.  A descent is then enjoyed to iconic Ribblehead viaduct and continues to Stainforth before the final big hill of the day climbing to Dalehead at aproximately 90 miles.

Etape Du Dales cycling sportive

The route of Etape du Dales is a cycling sportive challenge and is not officially a race (however the fastest time for completing the route is just a little over 5 hours and 43 mins).

The ride is organised by the Dave Raynor Fund. The Dave Rayner Fund was set up in his memory on 12 January 1995, to help riders make a career from racing on the continent. (Wikipedia)

Fred Whitton 2014 Photos

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos 2014 will be posted on Racing Snakes photo albums soon after the race, the pictures link will be live once the photos are published.  The photos of the Fred Whitton Challenge Cycling Sportive can also be seen on my Facebook page

The Fred Whitton Challenge is a 112 mile challenge cycling sportive around the Lake District National Park.  The Fred Whitton Challenge route starts and finishes from the Showground in Grasmere.  The route goes in an anti-clockwise direction and takes in the Cols (mountain passes) at Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands Hause, Whinlatter, Hardknott, and Wrynose.  This sportive is recognised as one of the hardest cycling sportives in the country, it has 10,779 ft (3285 meters) of ascent.  The ascent over the Harknott pass is one of the steepest roads in the UK with 30% gradient, and this is in the latter end of the route so the legs are tired. The full route of the Fred Whitton Challenge can be seen here

Biker Honister Pass

The fastest time will be around the 5 hours and 50 mins mark with the slowest time around double that at 12 hours 30 mins. The Fred Whitton Challenge is expected to attract around 2000 riders.  There are various feed stations and check points on the route.  The ride is very well organised and has become the ‘must do’ sportive of many riders and thus has become one of the most popular rides in the sportive calendar and usually sells out well in advance of the ride.

 

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos 2014 will be posted on Racing Snakes photo albums soon after the race, the pictures link will be live once the photos are published.  The photos of the Fred Whitton Challenge can also be seen on my Facebook page here Fred Whitton 2014

The Fred Whitton challenge is a 112 mile challenge cycling sportive around the Lake District National Park.  The Fred Whitton Challenge route starts and finishes from the Showground in Grasmere.  The route goes in an anti-clockwise direction and takes in the Cols (mountain passes) at Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands Hause, Whinlatter, Hardknott, and Wrynose.  This sportive is recognised as one of the hardest cycling sportives in the country, it has 10,779 ft (3285 meters) of ascent.  The ascent over the Harknott pass is one of the steepest roads in the UK with 30% gradient, and this is in the latter end of the route so the legs are tired. The full route of the Fred Whitton Challenge can be seen here

The fastest time will be around the 5 hours and 50 mins mark with the slowest time around double that at 12 hours 30 mins. The Fred Whitton Challenge is expected to attract around 2000 riders.  There are various feed stations and check points on the route.  The ride is very well organised and has become the ‘must do’ sportive of many riders and thus has become one of the most popular rides in the sportive calendar and usually sells out well in advance of the ride.Fred2

3 Peaks Fell Race Photos 2014

On Saturday 26 April 2014 the Three Peaks fell race takes place.  The 3 Peaks Fell race photos from 2014 (pics) can be seen on using this link http://racingsnakes.com/3PeaksFR. Pictures of the 3 peaks race were taken on the top of Penyghent and Ingleborough.

Rick Lightfoot 3 Peaks winner 2014

Ricky Lightfoot mens winner 2014

Victoria Wilkinson 2014 Ladies winner

Results

Pos. No. Name Club Category Progress Result
1st 998 Ricky Lightfoot Salomon International Team M Horton 02:53:16
2nd 513 Tom Owens Salomon International Team M Horton 02:56:13
3rd 52 Robert Jebb Bingley Harriers & AC M Horton 02:59:57
4th 383 Adam Osborne Leeds City AC M Horton 03:03:29
5th 259 Matthew Roberts Eryri Harriers M Horton 03:05:49
6th 512 Thorbjorn Thornson Ludvigsen Salomon International Team M Horton 03:06:09
7th 414 Hugh Aggleton Mynyddwyr De Cymru (MDC) M Horton 03:07:40
8th 79 Chris Steele Borrowdale Fell Runners M Horton 03:09:11
9th 101 Karl Gray Calder Valley Fell Runners MV40 Horton 03:09:29
10th 536 Kenny Richmond Shettleston Harriers MV40 Horton 03:10:48
11th 397 Simon Harding Macclesfield Harriers & AC M Horton 03:11:15
12th 122 Alex Whittem Calder Valley Fell Runners M Horton 03:18:00
13th 410 Pete Vale Mercia Fell RC MV40 Horton 03:18:04
14th 206 Tom Brunt Dark Peak Fell Runners Club MV40 Horton 03:19:59
15th 449 Jayson Cavill Pickering RC M Horton 03:20:45
16th 51 Andrew Jebb Bingley Harriers & AC M Horton 03:21:18
17th 860 Victoria Wilkinson Bingley Harriers & AC F Horton 03:21:32
18th 85 Richard Mellon Bowland Fell Runners MV40 Horton 03:21:50
19th 643 Nicholas Charlesworth Wharfedale Harriers MV40 Horton 03:22:15
20th 33 Nick Treitl Barlick Fell Runners M Horton 03:23:25
21st 701 Nigel Wood FRA M Horton 03:24:36
22nd 204 Will Boothman Dark Peak Fell Runners Club M Horton 03:27:22
23rd 706 Robert Barnby Unattached M Horton 03:27:44
24th 497 Ashley Holt Rossendale Harriers & AC M Horton 03:28:08
25th 282 Lee Knight Helm Hill Runners M Horton 03:29:31

Full Results cab found on the official 3 Peaks Website 

3 Peaks Fell Race stats (Three Peaks Fell Race stats)

  • Distance of the 3 Peaks Fell Race is 37.4km (23.3 miles).
  • The 3 Peaks fell race has 1608 meters (5279 feet) of ascent.
  • Andy Peace holds the fastest time on the current route, he set the 3 peaks mens record on 28 April 1996 with a time of 2 hours 46mins 03 secs.
  • The ladies 3 peaks record was set in 2008 by Anna Pichrtova with a time of 3 hours 14 mins 43 secs.

In 2008 the 3 peaks was the ‘World Long Distance Mountain Running Race ‘The race route has changed a number of times, there was a minor change in 2013 with a path upgrade over Whitber Hill details of the change http://racingsnakes.com/three-peaks-fell-race-new-route-2013 but this was not significant enough to call it a new route (in my opinion the change in 2013 will make the course slightly quicker)

Rob Jebb the three peaks fell race record holder

Rob Jebb

 

UTMB UK Qualification Races 2013 / 2014

UTMB UK Qualification Races 2013

To be able to complete in the iconic UTMB races which are held each year in the Alps you must first qualify by earning points from qualification races;

The points required for qualification to the various races;
UTMB® : 7 points details
CCC® : 2 points details
TDS™ : 2 points details
The event HQ is Chamonix in the French Alps, however the CC and TDS routes start from Courmayeur in Italy.

List of the 2013/14 UTMB UK qualification races can be found here;

The HEBRIDEAN CHALLENGE (The Heb)

Durty Events have brought back ‘The HEB’

The HEBRIDEAN CHALLENGE (The Heb) is back in 2013. One of Britains iconic adventure races returns with ‘Durty Events’ (the winner of the ‘Triathlon of the Year 2012’) organising the race. Gary Tompsett an experienced adventure racer and planner will be in charge of putting together this challenging course set in the Hebridean Islands.
This unique race is for teams of 3 or Solos. Each night, the race will stop overnight in one of the island communities. The event will be held from 5-7 September. Further details