April 28th 2013: 112 tough miles starting from 6.30am until 7.30am
A continental-style cycling sportive event of just over 112 miles starting from the Halton Army Training Camp near Lancaster, Wrynose or Bust tracks through the hills of the southern Lake District, taking in the long climb over Grizebeck, a 25% climb up Wrynose with a 30% descent (Hazard) to Little Langdale before returning through Hawkshead, the Grizedale Forest, Haverthwaite, the long drag up Bigland Hill to High Newton, descending the technically tricky Tow Top (Hazard) before returning to Halton via Priest Hutton and Borwick before returning to the army camp via Sunnybank (Capernwray).
Wrynose or Bust Route Profile
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Registration for Wrynose will open 15 minutes before the start and close at 7.15am to allow all Wrynose riders to depart by 7.30am
Before starting your ride, you must register on the day at the Registration Office, Army Training Camp, Halton. But please arrive early and allow enough time to register and prepare for your ride. Riders start individually and all riders must wear a helmet and obey the rules of the road (see our full terms conditions on our website and on the booking form).
Again we are using the SPORTident electronic timing system (www.sportident.co.uk) and at registration you are given a rider number card to attach to your bike and a timing ‘dibber’ will be either be attached to your wrist or hung from a lanyard you wear (they’re small and robust - you can shower/bath/sleep without damaging it). When you finish, these timing (Si-cards) must be handed back at the Registration office where they can be exchanged for a complimentary food voucher.
See Halton Army Camp section of this website for more information.
Food will be provided on the day at the Halton Army camp. Riders will be given free food tokens at the end of the ride in exchange for their timing Si-cards. These food tokens can be exchanged for hot food. Each rider will be provided with a choice of either pasta or a vegetarian alternative. Tea and coffee will be provided by The Rotary Club of Lancaster and the Innerwheel.
Additional food and drinks can be purchased throughout the day by none riders and their supporters.
Apart from the start and finish, feed and water stations will be provided en route. These food stations will allow riders to have a rest, top up water bottles.
The Wrynose or Bust ride will have two feed and water stations, the first at Foxfield the second at High Newton.
Toilets are available at the start and finish at The Halton Army Training Camp. The first toilet block is next to the showers which you all drive past on the left hand side after you enter the camp at Gate three. The second block is located down by the river at the bottom car park (see site map on pages 24-25).
For Wrynose and Bay Dash routes, the first public toilets are in the square at Milnthorpe, there is also a cafe if you feel the need. Later on there are the toilets near the duck pond at Grange (recent reports tell me they may be closed at weekends), plus one or two cafes along the main street. For Bay riders there are public toilets and cafes at Cartmel.
The next toilets on the Wrynose route are at Flookburgh just off the main square a short distance down Moor Lane. Next you require a detour into Broughton. Certainly the Square cafe could be worth a visit and the public toilets are just beyond the north east corner of the town square (last year they were locked – we are working on it for this year), then it is onto the Duddon valley and over Wrynose pass to Little Langdale.
For those wanting something stronger, our third timing point at The Three Shires at Little Langdale might be worth a visit if you want a lunch break. There are more public toilets and cafes at Hawkshead near to the main car park and again at the feed station at High Newton.
Then for both the Wrynose and Bay routes you have the long stretch back to Milnthorpe, but if you are still going strong, you are within 14 miles of the finish.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay for the weekend of Wrynose or Bust or The Bay Dash challenges then you can browse and make a booking via the following link.
Alternatively, the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) website has an accommodation page that you may fiind useful for all different types of accommodation – www.visitlancaster.co.uk
If you are into camping or caravanning then New Parkside Farm Caravan Park is within a couple of miles of the start/finish. Other places to look nearby are Halton, Caton, Hest Bank and Slyne and if you search the web you will find quite a few places to stay over.
Slightly further away, but still an easy drive to Lancaster is Morecambe (5 miles), and as you would expect, their TIC is closely linked to Lancaster’s website – www.visitmorecambe.co.uk.
Further afield is Bolton-le-Sands (about 5 miles) and Carnforth (about 6 miles).
Local cycling clubs
Kent Valley RC
Local cycling shops
The Edge Cycleworks, 2 Chapel Street, Lancaster
Leisure Lakes Bikes, 103 Penny Street, Lancaster
Wheelbase (Staveley - about 20 miles)
Lakeland Cycles, 3 Whin Drive, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth
Dyno-Start, 1-3 Scotland Road, Carnforth
Destination Cycles, 12 New Street, Lancaster
Please note, this is a non-competitive cycling event (Cyclo Sportive) and the Highway Code must be obeyed at all times. Click here for full terms and conditions.© 2013 Wrynose or Bust : www.pagefast.co.uk