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Our winter CX ride

SportCross is a unique event that combines aspects of cyclocross, road cycling and mountain biking into one fantastic, challenging ride.

Taking in some of the man made trails at Gisburn Forest and several natural trails joined together by the scenic lanes between Clitheroe and Tosside, the route offers a wide range of surfaces and terrain to challenge your fitness and bike handling skills!

You can ride whichever bike you like, we are often asked which bike is most suitable for this bike and we still can’t decide as you’ll have a great time on either a CX/Gravel bike or an MTB.

On completion of the ride we invite you to join us to watch the CycloCross world champs race. We will have a licenced bar and Cafe specials.

Please look for the event date and further details on Facebook or STRAVA. There are no entry fees for our rides, but please drop some change in of of our charity tins on the day!

SportCross is supported by Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team. Click here to find out more about BPMRT

Our Gravel/Adventure ride

Gravel Rush is an adventure ride that takes in a mix of paved roads, gravel roads and trails around the Ribble Valley and Bowland fells. Although the route is designed with Gravel bikes in mind, Cyclocross and Mountain bikes are also suitable for this event.

The moderte route takes in forestry fire roads on Longridge Fell and Gisburn Forest, with a few technically easier (blue graded) single track sections.

If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, the hard route also takes you deeper into the Bowland fells via the Salter Fell gravel road.

If you’d like to earn yourself a place on our ‘Gravel Rush Hall of Fame’ there’s a 100 miler that also takes in some more challenging terrain, featuring sections of the Pennine Bridleway before returning via the wet and muddy trails around Pendle!

There is no entry fee, but please give generously to NWAA

Gravel Rush is run in aid of our friends at North West Air Ambulance Charity. North West Air Ambulance Charity are proud to be the nominated charity for the ‘Gravel Rush’. NWAA is registered with Justgiving.com, an online sponsorship website, it’s an easy, secure way to support your local air ambulance. Visit www.justgiving.com/nwaa to set up your own personalised page and help us to continue to make a life-changing difference to those who need us in the North West.

Please look for the event date and further details on Facebook or STRAVA. There are no entry fees for our rides, but please drop some change in of of our charity tins on the day!

Our Spring Classics ride!

The Green Jersey’s Ronde van Oost Lancashire route is largely based on the original route created by Allan Dorrington of Crossjunkie.

The route takes you on a tour of the old cobbled streets of the East Lancashire Mill Towns of Colne, Padiham and Blackburn via the country lanes of the rural landscape that lies between the towns.

This 50 mile route climbs 5000ft, including some of Lancashire’s finest ‘Hellingem’ (cobbled climbs)!

On completion of the ride we invite you to join us to watch the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. We will have a licenced bar and our cafe will be serving food whilst you enjoy watching the race!

Please look for the event date and further details on Facebook or STRAVA. There are no entry fees for our rides, but please drop some change in of of our charity tins on the day!

Summer

With the help of Molarclean, our main sponsor, and a whole host of local volunteers and local businesses who helped out with prizes etc. we resurrected the Clitheroe Grand Prix as part of the Ribble Valley Cycle festival in 2016.

The event was a great success and we would love to continue to make it a success year on year.

Thank you once again to Molarclean for sponsoring the Molarclean Clitheroe Grand Prix (Elite, 1st & 2nd categories)

We are also looking for Sponsors for each of the following Races:

  • The [Company Name] Criterium (Junior, 3rd & 4th categories)
  • [company name] Presents Future Stars (Youth A & B)

If you are interested in participating in the event, helping out or even sponsoring a race, please contact Richard by email or phone 01200 427630.

 

Our Climbing challenge rides

Le Grimpeur 200 is a 200km challenge, but the distance isn’t the challenging part! With  4335m (14,224ft) of ascent, this is one of the most challenging sportives in the UK.

Le Grimpeur consists of 3 hilly loops, which all start and finish at The Green Jersey, each with its own character, making a great ride in its own right.

The Pendle Loop: 25.5m, 3,018ft – The shortest of the three loops, but possibly the most varied. The Pendle loop takes you over and around Pendle hill via some lesser known, short and steep hills.

The Bowland Fells Loop: 42.4m, 5,218ft – Consisting of three longer climbs, Waddington Fell, Cross of Greet and Bowland Knotts, this can be the most forgiving of the three loops and also provides the most stunning views!

The Ribble Loop: 57.5m, 5,925ft – The Ribble loop is the longest ride of the day and, on paper, appears to be the most gentle, however, this loop consists of the Ribble Valley’s most notorious steep stuff! You will climb: Birdy Brow, Whalley Nab, Jeffrey Hill, Hall Hill, Marl Hill and return to Clitheroe via Waddington Fell.

Take on all three loops in the same day and earn yourself a place in our hall of fame.

Please look for the event date and further details on Facebook or STRAVA. There are no entry fees for our rides, but please drop some change in of of our charity tins on the day!

Our Winter ride

The route will follow a loop anti clockwise around the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, taking in the spectacular climb of Bowland Knotts (hence the name), looping back around the beautiful Ribble Valley back to The Green Jersey for hot soup.

We would like to encourage riders to cycle year round and become winter warriors not just summer softies! With appropriate clothing and lighting cycling can be enjoyable whatever the season.

The ride will take in quiet roads around the Ribble Valley and head out as far as Giggleswick on the 100km route. It will be well signed and marshalled, and there will be hot drinks and food available back at The Green Jersey in Clitheroe.

Please look for the event date and further details on Facebook or STRAVA. There are no entry fees for our rides, but please drop some change in of of our charity tins on the day!

In 2016, It’s Knott Winter raised £1,067.24 for RMCH charity’s Helipad appeal.