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Kent Valley R.C.

The South Lakes Premier Cycle Club

3CC Kendal Sportive

Sunday 13th August 2017

Challenging new route

This year’s 3CC cycling sportive is a new, challenging 100k circuit from Kendal, taking in the scenic splendour of the newly-extended Yorkshire Dales National Park, plus the iconic landscape of the eastern Lake District - including the shores of Ullswater and centrepiece climb of Kirkstone Pass from Patterdale. The event HQ will be at the current Kendal RUFC located on the A6 near Queen Katherine School. Unfortunately the brand new stadium to the North of the current ground will not be ready in time for our event. There is plenty of parking space, changing facilities with showers followed by refreshments at the current rugby club venue.

Stunning but steep

While only 100k, this is not an event for beginners or riders who lack confidence. The early climbs are testing and Kirkstone Pass comes after over 40 miles of riding, offering stunning views from the summit but a very steep and long climb to get there. Online entries (only £20) are via and there will be a feed station and checkpoint mid-way at Pooley Bridge.

Cash-only entries can be made on the day of the event. Sorry we can't take card payments on the day.

GPX file for the route can be downloaded from here -

Supporting young athletes

All proceeds are for a Young Athletes fund managed by Kendal Rotary Club, and both friendly Rotarians and Kent Valley Road Club members will be looking after everyone on the day.

The Young Athletes Fund administered by Kendal Rotary Club helps aspiring South Lakeland sports people, aged 14 to 24, to fund their sometimes crippling costs incurred accessing essential training and equipment on their road to competing at national and international level.

Standard certificates

Riders averaging 15mph plus on their Si timing printout get a Gold Standard certificate; with Silver for 14mph plus and Bronze for all who finish. We will also have a sag wagon, following the last rider, for anyone in difficulty. Riders can start any time between 8am and 9.30am once they have signed in and been given their SportIdent dibber (which must be returned at the finish) but everyone must remember that this is not a race. It is a personal challenge around a signed route. We are on public roads and must observe the Highway Code and be courteous to other road users at all times. So, if riding in groups please string out to allow vehicles to pass, especially on the narrower lanes.

Bikes must be roadworthy

Make sure your bike is fully roadworthy. Carry two spare inner tubes, the means to inflate them (bike pump or compressed air cartridges), a multi-tool or at least a 5mm allen key, plus a waterproof top if the weather forecast threatens rain – also a water bottle so that you are always properly hydrated. You will be climbing over 5,000ft in the course of your ride so we want to you to be as comfortable as possible to complete it in safety.

And just in case…

An emergency contact number will be on the back of your rider number, which you fasten to your handlebars with cable ties before starting. The 3CC Kendal Sportive is registered with British Cycling and they are providing third party insurance for all riders but take care out there and you won’t need it.


Richard Belk email:

Phone: 01539 721133

Mobile: 07929 605815