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Sportive – Wiggle Ay Up! Yorkshire
October 1, 2016
WIGGLE AY UP! YORKSHIRE
You might think that ‘ay up’ is nothing more than an affectionate greeting in these parts of the world. But this phrase also has a bearing of what you’ll be doing in the Ay Up Wiggle sportive, as you’ll head up, then up, then up once more on a series of testing hill climbs along the way.
Heading out from Thirsk Racecourse, you’ll be able to afford to designate the first few miles to settling into the ride and warming up for the lung-busting climb challenges that are yet to come. In this early part of the course, you’ll be able to absorb the involving surrounding scenery, before heading up the first climb, which will give you excellent views of the Thirsk area you’ve just ridden as you reach the peak.
On this climb, which follows alongside the White Horse landmark in Kilburn, you’ll enjoy a brief leg rest and interlude at the top before plummeting back down the other side of the climb, ready for the next test. Continuing to bear north, you’ll go through Roulston Scar and Sutton Bank, upholding the breathtakingly panoramic hillside views in the area.
This ride isn’t lacking in historical sites as you’ll soon meet the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey – dating back to 1132 – in the Rye Valley. You’ll have been riding on a slight incline to have reached this point, and the gradient continues to push hard as you head to Rievaulx Moor, through numerous idyllic villages before reaching Stokesley – wherein a mill lies that was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086.
Life on the moors is not easy as undulating terrain pairs with exposed rural roads to make for awkward riding conditions. The end of the Ay Up sportive is no easier and it’s a rocky final few miles – be sure to save your best ‘til last.
Saturday 1st October 2016
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Thirsk, North Yorkshire
7:45am – 9.00am
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Yes, if the event is not sold out.
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Event centre facilities and parking
Full route marking
Rider public liability insurance
Feed Stops en-route
Free energy drink + energy snacks
Electronic chip timing
Bike wash facilities
T-shirt & medal
Web results service
On site catering
Event photography by SportivePhoto
Six Physio Massage@Events
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