By Simon Warren
Stage two | 182km | Oughtibridge | Rating: 7/10
Forming a bridge between the Strines and the city of Sheffield, Oughtibridge Lane, or the Jawbone as it’s also known, could prove the most decisive climb of the whole two days.
Kicking up from the centre of the village it’s long enough, hard enough and with the amount of climbing already in the legs, tough enough to cause some real damage. The gradient increases steadily up to 15% as the road bends slightly left to funnel across a narrow stone bridge before continuing between high stone walls.
Now bending right you head for a brow that for all the world looks like the top, yet once crossed reveals much more climbing ahead. You’re now into the last open country of the stage and the slope eases a little before ramping right to another false summit.
On and on it climbs, weaving left and right towards the ridge on the horizon, and the finale comes via a sweeping right-hand bend that gets tougher as it straightens then finishes with a sharp left-hand corner to the summit.
Where The climb starts as you head east away from the A6102 that runs through the centre of Oughtibridge.
Grid ref SK 325 935 (OS110)
Height gain 156m
Approx climb time 8 mins