A Bit of a Trial


114km cycling event starting from Lancaster. Controls at Longridge, Barley, Slaidburn and Lancaster.

Accompanying event to the Pendle Witch Trial 200. Anticlockwise route from Lancaster. Shorter and slower but still fairly lumpy.

It may be shorter than The Pendle Witch Trial 200, which it accompanies, but this route has much to challenge and enjoy. Large areas of remote and exposed moorland are still included, so please make sure you and your bicycle are adequately prepared.

After a breakfast provided at the start, head south from Lancaster for a pull over Oakenclough to Longridge, where there will be a free control including the option of cafe stop if you wish. From here follow a quiet route through Ribchester & Whalley, pass Sabden and then thru Newchurch-in-Pendle to the second control at Barley for a cafe/control. Just over halfway here and a bit of climb next so make sure you are well rested and refreshed before the return leg.

At the top of Pendle Hill rejoin the longer route at 64km for the cracking descent to Chatburn before deviating again to the third cafe/control at Slaidburn via the climb of Harrop Fold. Turning west through the Forest of Bowland, you rejoin the longer route at 85km for the return to Lancaster via the Trough of Bowland.

At the finish there will be a chilli supper waiting for you. Lancaster is easy to access situated on the West Coast Mainline and adjacent to the M6 motorway. There are a number of budget hotels in the area. The start of the ride is just 2.5km south of the city centre and there is plenty of free parking at the start.

Event Date and Location

100 km (114 km) in 9h30
09:30 to finish by 19:00
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30 riders

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Event Information

12-30 km/h
Peak Audax CTC
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Organiser Information

Darrell Whittle

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Parking at start
Parking at start
Free or reasonably priced refreshments at start &/or finish
Free or reasonably priced refreshments at start &/or finish
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Toilets at Start

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A Bit of a Trial

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