Sunday October 6 2013
Fitz Park, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria
Mini Massif 44 miles, £25
Massif 62 Miles, £35
Cycling Weekly’s Lakeland Monster Miles adventure cross is a non-competitive event that is ideal for cyclo-cross or mountain bikes, it features a mixture of on and off-road terrain that offers something different to the seasoned road sportive rider.
TheLake District route, starting and finishing in Keswick, is both picturesque and challenging, offering something for everyone. The route is a mix of bridleways,flowing trails, tracks and minor mainly traffic free lanes showing off the full range of what the Lakes have to offer and circumnavigating the Skiddaw Massif.
It’s a fantastic course for a ‘cross bike, although a hard-tail mountain bike would be equally suitable, it takes you to places and offers views inaccessible by road.
There are two routes, the Massif – 100km (62 miles) with 46.3km of the route off-road and the Mini Massif – a shorter 71km (44 miles) with 30km off-road. Click on the map below to view the exact routes.
Due to the constantly changing scenery and the shifts in the terrain the ride goes by remarkably quickly as each new section throws up a new challenge or a spectacular view.
Unlike many other long distance cross events, most notably the Three Peaks, the entire route is possible on the bike, no need to get off and run with your bike on your shoulder.
Fully signposted routes
Event centre facilities
Rider public liability insurance
Free energy drink + snacks
Electronic chip timing
Bike wash facilities
Web results support