The 2017 Ripon Revolution will take place on Saturday 24 June 2017.
Where: Ripon Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1UG
Why ride it? The Cycling Weekly Ripon Revolution offers four quality climbs in the 101-mile Epic route, but the shorter options also offer enough climbing to make your legs burn.
This year bookings will be taken at www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk.
The route heads north from the racecourse following the River Ure in a fairly flat first 10 miles. Once you reach Masham and Leighton Reservoir, however, the roads start to go a bit more uphill.
The first of four quality climbs on the Epic route comes at the 19-mile mark as the road ramps up to the top of High Ash Head Moore. With an ascent of nearly five miles at an average of four percent, the climb will get the blood pumping through your legs pretty quickly.
While the climb may take you the best part of 25 minutes in total, the descent into the village of Lofthouse is worth all the effort, especially as this is the site of the first of three feed stations en route.
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Ripon Revolution Short Route: 64 miles
Ripon Revolution Standard Route: 78 miles
Ripon Revolution Epic Route: 101 miles
The route is kind to you for the next six miles, with a slight downhill gradient towards the spectacular Gouthwaite Reservoir. Take a few seconds to admire the landscape and eye up the hill you’ll be climbing in a moment.
The climb up to Greenhow is neither as high, nor as long as the previous climb, but it is certainly just as challenging. Just shy of two miles long, the climb averages a beastly eight per cent. Former National Hill Climb champion Tejvan Pettinger holds the men’s King of the Mountain on Strava for this hill, powering up in a second under 10 minutes – but we don’t expect you to challenge that.
Once atop Greenhow a long descent awaits you and offers the chance for your legs to recover in time for the second half of the Epic route.
Round Hill is the next climb to set your sights on, but it’s by far the easiest of the three so far. Parts of the climb hit seven per cent, but the top of the climb sees you closer to that magical halfway point.
You descend only about half of what you climbed as you meander your way to the fourth and final climb of Brimham Rocks. To get to the ascent’s highest point you have to travel just shy of three miles, but there is plenty of respite along the way.
Now comes the good news. Once you’ve conquered Brimham Rocks the rest of the route is flat or slightly down hill as you head back east towards Ripon. You cross two rivers, Ouse and Ure, before turning slightly north to get back to the racecourse, where your finisher’s medal will be waiting for you.
Also on offer at the finish line are some hard-earned refreshments and masseuses ready to tend to your aching legs.
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Enter at: www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk