Top Dog Events – Yorkshire Dales 100 – 15 July 2018
Last Sunday, 33 riders sacrificed their normal lay in to gather at 3-1-5 Health Club. The reason?, for an early start for Top Dog Events latest sportive – the Yorkshire Dales 100.
Here, Chris Packham, Co-Director of Top Dog Events tell us all about the event!
‘A bit like Brexit, the riders where closely split between the 100 mile and 100 km routes: 18/15. The weather was kind to all, being a little cooler than the previous weeks of tropical conditions.
The club was opened at 6.30am by Marcus and Neve (thanks for that) with riders starting to arrive. The start-line and registration desk were next to come online, thanks to Sue and Steve.
Lancaster’s newest cycle store ‘On Yer Bike’ provided mechanical cover on the start. Thankfully they had little to worry them as most riders came on well prepared bikes.
All riders got underway in the allotted time between 7 and 8am, with a few banding together for a group start at 7.45am
During the event
Both routes headed towards Ingleton then up and along the Roman road between Whernside and Ingleborough to Ribblehead. Next was the remote Dales countryside to their 1st refreshment stop – manned by Deena from 3-1-5 and the junction with Dentdale.
Here the routes split, with the 100+ km riders descending into Dentdale, then through the village of Dent itself, with its cobbled streets and handy public loos. They then continued to Sedbough and re-joined the 100 milers shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile the 100 milers continued north through amazing Limestone scenery towards the town of Hawes, then up and over the legendary pull of Buttertubs. Then west along hidden valleys and wild fellsides before steeply descending into Nateby and along the main road to their 2nd feedstation. Thanks to James from Lancaster’s OMM advice centre for manning this station.
The long route then headed south by skirting the hidden road between the Howgills and The Lune / M6 (Chris’s new favourite road) before joining the 100+km participants on the outskirts of Sedburgh.
All riders now enjoyed the traffic free lanes to their final pit stop of the day just outside Kirkby Lonsdale, manned by Jane. To finish they continued back to Lancaster and 3-1-5 via quiet lanes through Borwick, The Kellets and Halton.
Once back at the finish – all riders were presented with a well-earned muffin and goody bag.
Everyone then headed into the club to be presented with their finishers medal – and a fresh brew. All entrants were then offered the opportunity for the rest of the day to enjoy 3-1-5’s amazing pool side facilities (thanks for this Sean and co).
Judging by the feedback both on the day and since – see https://www.topdogevents.co.uk/event-reviews/ a challenging but highly enjoyable day was enjoyed by all. This in itself is ample reward for the weeks of effort the Top Dog team has spent organising the event.
Thanks also to Lynn and Steve in the broom wagons who spent the day following behind each route.
We are now busy planning our next events, The Forest of Bowland 100 sportive and a “try a trail” 5 km and 5 mile runs from Leighton Hall on 30 September.
Hope to see you there’ 😊
Chris, Lynn and the Top Dog Events Ltd team