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Unique cycle event set for Copeland

ENTRIES are now open for unique cycling challenge in Copeland.

Capitalising on the recent success of the Tour of Britain’s leg through the area, the Whitehaven Spoke Festival will test cyclists of all abilities in a route that, for the first time, starts and ends in Copeland.

On Sunday, June 29, riders will be challenged to take on the Valleys of Copeland.

Starting and finishing at Whitehaven’s hub, riders can choose a 47-mile (3,000ft ascent) or 72-mile (4,000ft ascent) route, with the longer route taking in the Ennerdale, Wasdale, Duddon and Eskdale Valleys, and includes the gruelling climb over Hardknott Pass. There is also a 10-mile family ride planned, with stabilisers available for children.

Entry to Whitehaven Spoke Festival is £20, with profits being donated to local charities.

Sponsorship has been provided by the Energy Coast University Technical College (UTC), whose principal and chief executive Gary Jones said: “The UTC is a newcomer to Cumbria and so we are delighted to be able to sponsor the Whitehaven Spoke Festival in support of local charities.”

Entries are now open at www.sientries.co.uk.

Have your say

Sid, it's not the roads that are unsafe it's the idiots that use them without any consideration for other road users.

Posted by Arthur on 26 January 2014 at 00:14

Oh great!

So when the narrow, twisting, country roads round here are at their busiest - when the tourism season (such as it is) is at its height - there'll be squadrons of cyclists (and kids on bikes too) cycling from the biggest town in Copeland and off onto the most unsafe roads.

This is NOT a good idea.

I know we're all meant to be getting fit these days, but you can't be more unfit than being dead - which might be the end result of encouraging more people to cycle on the extremely poor roads of Copeland.

Even though the roads may, technically, be open for this event the presence of so many cyclists effectively prevents drivers using them at the time. How is this justified, and who authorises it?

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has the unfashionable view, post-Olympics, that the roads around here are not safe enough for the ever-increasing number of cyclists.

Would it not be more responsible to campaign for road improvements/widening to make cycling safer in Copeland before holding events like this that will encourage yet more people to take up cycling on our appalling road network?

Posted by Sid Snot on 24 January 2014 at 12:07

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