We are really excited to announce our partnership with the dedicated and hard working team at Ronde Van Calderdale with their 2020 sportive.
To celebrate, we are delighted to offer one lucky winner free entry, which will include a route of your choice, an RVC finishers beer, an RVC branded tin of Chamois Cream, as well as a selection of essential VeloSkin products to support you beyond the sportive itself.
"Welcome to HELL" should be the title of this epic challenge based Yorkshire. Riders will experience a cobbled climb classic around the Calderdale and Kirklees districts with a great combination of dramatic scenery, fast road sections and the added dimension of many cobbled climbs that cover eye watering gradients, making this one of the toughest sportives in the UK.
The 2020 edition will be the toughest yet, featuring a range of distances providing challengers for all levels of ability in this truly unique event. For those looking to challenge the cobbles but not overdo it, select the medium distance which is around 54 miles with 7.500ft of climbing and for any with a sadistic mentality that love to suffer, select the longer route; close to 75 miles with 9,000ft of climbing and thousands of bone trembling cobblestones.
Both routes are designed to test a rider's skills, stamina and mental endurance to their limits. With several stiff climbs, riders can anticipate gradients throughout the event ranging from 6% to 30%.
These climbs are:
Steele Lane (Links Sowood to Krumlin, classed as Barkisland, nearest pub is the Dog and Partridge on Forest Hill Road)
Cliffe Ash (Close to Golcar church)
Dodlee Lane (coming out of Golcar)
Brighouse Wood Lane (on the outskirts of Brighouse)
Staups Lane (Near The Stump Cross Inn, Halifax)
The Hough (Also very near The Stump Cross Inn, Halifax)
Shibden Wall (Street name is Lee Lane, and closest pub is Shibden Mill Inn)
Old Lane (Luddenden Foot village centre, next to the church, near Lord Nelson Inn)
Jowler Bank – Comes after Feed Station 2, if you are on the long route, not included on the medium route. This takes you up towards Wainstalls and Oxenhope Moor loop
Woodhouse Lane (Copley / Halifax)
Wakefield Gate (comes out near Wainhouse Tower and Crossley Heath School, Halifax)
Exley Bank (Salterhebble)
Trooper Lane (Halifax)
These climbs make this a ride to remember, just ask any local rider about Ronde Van Calderdale and a real grimace will appear, as they truly know the horror that awaits.
The team at RVC have also made the decision to donate a percentage of this year's profits to a family trust set up to help two local children, who recently lost their father, a local cyclist and friend of VeloSkin, in August 2019
The balance of the profits will continue to support Kirklees Cycling Academy, another local organistation, that has helped to develpo and produce several promising talents in recent years.
If you think you're up to the challenge, enter the competition for your chance to win a free ride in hell.
To find out more or to enter, see the links below.