Tomorrow (Sunday 6th October) sees a new bike event taking place on the hills around Keswick - the first of its kind in Cumbria. Organising the event in association with Cycling Weekly is local company Rather Be Cycling, who are hoping that this will become an annual event.
Lakeland Monster Miles adventure-cross starts and finishes from Fitz park in Keswick with two non competitive routes on offer for mountain bike or cyclo-cross bike riders.
The route is a challenging mixture of minor lanes, bridleways and forest tracks meaning the none of the route is so tricky that you have to shoulder your bike, as with many similar events.
The monster miles event is non-competitive, ideal for cyclo-cross or mountain bikes and circumnavigates the seemingly huge Skiddaw mountain range. The full route, the Massif, is 100k and the smaller Mini Massif is 71k. Over half the distance is off road on both routes.
This exciting event promises constantly changing scenery, exciting shifts in terrain, spectacular views and plenty of challenges along the way. Notable sections are named with plenty of signage to indicate climbs and downhill stretches.
The course logistics are care of local bike company Rather be Cycling, who are also offering event center facilities, mechanical and emergency support, bike wash facilities and much more.
If any guests in our self catering cottages would like to watch the event, then get down to Fitz Park in Keswick for the start and finish where there will be catering and sales stalls. For optimum spots around the course, I suggest anywhere along the old railway line, Whinlatter Pass, the quiet hamlets of Mosedale and Mungrisdale or Lorton in the West.