Don’t miss Ride the Lakes, the Official Sportive of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s Cumbrian stages, which takes place less than 24 hours after the Queen stage of this year’s race in the county.

Whereas the world’s best riders will finish atop Whinlatter on Stages Five (team time trial, Thursday 6 September) and Six (Friday 7 September) of this year’s Tour, that pass is just one of many that feature along Ride the Lakes’ challenging courses.

Two long rides – 120km (75 miles) and 162km (101 miles) – are available for the more experienced cyclist, with the event also offering a gentile, family-friendly route of 20 kilometres (12 miles) for those wishing to enjoy the stunning Lake District scenery.

Starting and finishing at Mintbridge Kendal, the home of Kendal Rugby Club, the two longer rides both feature the climbs of Matterdale End, Chestnut Hill and The Struggle – the last of which split the professional peloton into pieces when it was featured in the 2016 Tour of Britain. Measuring 4.8 kilometres in length and an average gradient of 8.2%, it’s one tough test!

Riders opting for the 120km route will also climb Whinlatter, which the world’s best riders will tackle from its western side on Stage Five, and twice from the eastern approach on Stage Six of this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

In comparison, the family ride takes place on mostly flat roads. It passes through the villages of Bowston and Staveley, giving riders a taste of how good road cycling can be in the Lake District.

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