8 Toughest Sportive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

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Austin Wilcock
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Re: 8 Toughest Sportive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Post by Austin Wilcock » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:32 pm

Just by way of an update on Suzy's challenge to ride the 8 toughest sportive routes in the country as reported by Cycling Weekly, Suzy along with Austin and Graham rode the Struggle on the Moors, a gruelling 110ml and 10,239ft of climbing on July 21st. There was much welcome logistical backup, support and encouragement from Brian/Kath Finlay and Lynda Parkin and Ker Morgan.

The ride included several classic Yorkshire climbs, aesthetically wonderful but brutal and unforgiving in nature with the common consensus the ride as a whole was tougher than the 'Fred', but don't take our word for it, get yourselves up Carlton Bank, Caper Hill, Rosedale Chimney and Boltby Bank aka Sneck Yate Bank and let us know what you think, we'd love to hear your views.

Suzy's challenge has been gathering some media attention and she has been interviewed by several of the local papers and an article was recently published in the local Whitley Bay publication.

Suzy's final challenge is a welcome return to Yorkshire for the Scarborough Sportive route a gruelling 120mls with over 11,000ft of climbing, it's going to make the 'Struggle' look like a day out in Holland. With that in mind the date will be Thursday 23rd August so any TOGs wanting to join in the fun can, but Suzy says it's an open invitation to any Vagabonds wanting to ride the route with her are most welcome. (details to follow)

As a footnote, Suzy loved the Welsh Monster ride 186mls with 21,325ft of climbing so much she is doing it again this weekend, primarily because she had to miss a few of the closing miles due to her lights packing up, but mainly because Tania Tucker really wanted to have a go. Austin who also missed the first ride being unavoidably occupied by sticking pins in his eyes, is regretfully busy this weekend too, pulling his finger nails out one by one.

Have a good and safe ride Suzy and Tania
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Austin Wilcock
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Re: 8 Toughest Sportive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Post by Austin Wilcock » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:45 pm

Many Vags following Suzy's challenges will no doubt be aware that her return to re-ride the Monster in Wales 186mls and 21,325ft of ascent, no failing lights this time just Suzy and Tania flashing around the route supported by top bloke Gavin.

Suzy's final challenge will be a return to North Yorkshire for the 120ml and 11,000ft of ascent Scarborough sportive route on Thursday 23rd August.

Suzy will be starting the route from Egton (a 1hr 30min drive from Newcastle) at 8am so anyone wanting to join her on the ride will need an early start, but will be rewarded by a super ride in wonderful countryside.

If you want to join in the ride contact Suzy direct via the forum or her FB page or tel number noted earlier in this thread. There are at least two other riders accompanying her but more would be welcome to help support her to complete this amazing challenge. The weather so far is set to be dry.
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