This year 50km, 75km and 100km routes are available enabling riders to choose a course that best suits them. The 100km option is undoubtedly the highlight and is the toughest in the event’s history. It features 1,974 metres of climbing and includes a number of testing ascents and descents through stunning landscapes.
"It’s not often you get to ride across the finish line of a sportive just a few hours ahead of a professional race — not even the legendary Etape du Tour permits that." - Cycling Weekly
The medium and long routes will have 1 feedstation (between 40-50km on the route, exact location to be confirmed). The short route will not have a feedstation but these riders will be given the opportunity to take an SiS product with them before the start of the ride. Please note: only short route riders will be provided with products before the start as the SiS products will feature at the feedstation for other riders. We encourage everyone to bring their own additional snacks and two filled bottles of water for the ride.
The 100km route in detail
"With so many of the climbs exceeding 15 per cent gradients in places you will need to be on top of your climbing game." - Cycling Weekly
This route option starts with a tough early climb up the locally renowned Pea Road Lane before joining the pro route for a section on Hunshelf Hall Lane. After another climb away from Millhouse Green it’s a long descent into Holmfirth, well known as the home of BBC’s Last of the Summer Wine for 37 years. Riders will then head towards Meltham, requiring them to conquer the hill at Netherthong, before heading through an undulating section featuring the villages of Honley and Farnley Tyas.
During the next part of the route riders will take on another tough uphill section, this time leading to the Emley Moor transmitting station whose tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK. Other highlights include a descent to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, passing the spectacular Cannon Hall before visiting Silkstone and Silkstone Common.
Riders then take on the same roads as the professionals again as they go through Wortley and into Deepcar, before they face an epic climb from Ewden Village which is sure to test even the strongest of riders. After a section through Wigtwizzle follows the last notable climb up to Bolsterstone, before the triumphant descent to the finish at Fox Valley.