A NEW two-wheeled challenge is due to hit the roads of South Cumbria later this month.
Lo Scorpione (The Scorpion) will set off from Ulverston’s Ford Park on the morning of May 24.
Local event providers Sportive Lakes have created the event - which is 62 miles long with 7000ft of ascent - for riders who want to try a hard, mountain challenge ride, but don’t yet feel ready for one of the established long rides.
Event Director Alan Brenton said: “We’re building events which are focused on having a great day with like-minded people, if you’re slow, or your bike is old, we just don’t care! We work very hard to avoid busy sections of road, to visit the most stunning countryside – we then top that off by providing great food!”
The route starts with a climb up Gamswell Hill, used by local clubs for hill climb events. It then tackles Kiln Bank Cross twice, Birker Fell, Hardknott, Bessy Bank and finally the steady climb to Kirkby Moor before swooping back down into Ulverston.
“We’re really excited about this event, we know that our approach is being really well received in our ladies and vintage events, we’re keen to see how well it applies to a harder ride,” said Mr Brenton.
“The great thing is, if your fitness is marginal, it’s not a problem, if it takes you 10 hours, we’ll wait for you to finish and support you all the way!”
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