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The Courses
The Classic
22 miles 2361ft climbing

Suitable for new, young, old or experienced riders, the Short One is no walk in the park but will leave you grinning from ear to ear. 

View the route here.

The Challenge
40 miles, 4582ft climbing

​The classic Long One has the best riders gritting their teeth with no fewer than 4 seriously steep Lakeland Passes to contend with. Grange feed stop is legendary.

View the route here.

The Dirty Double
66 miles, 7676ft climbing

If the Long One just isn't tough enough, the Dirty Double sends you over two more passes. Earn those cakes.

View the route here 

**NEW** The Gravel Grovel
About 40 miles, Quite a lot of climbing - at least 5000ft / 1500m

 

New for 2024, a mega gravel route covering the terrain that Christian, Niggy and the Team Townend crew used to ride back in the day on fully rigid mountain bikes. Covering very quiet lanes, we'll take you round some of the best Lake District gravel - varying from well maintained forest roads to muddy paths and rocky tracks. You are going to need some bike handling skills, so if you've never ridden off road it might be worth getting some practice in! 

A gravel or cycle cross bike will get round the route the fastest (let's face it these are pretty similar to old-skool mountain bikes) but you'd also be okay on a hardtail or XC full-suss mountain bike. Don't try to ride this route on a road bike or slick tyres - you will break something (the bike or yourself)!

The route is completely secret and will only be announced a couple of days before the event. You'll need to be completely self sufficient for this route and we'll give GPX route a map and route description for navigation but the route will not be signposted. This is going to be an adventure! 

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7th September 2024

Team Townend Challenge

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