This year’s Keswick Mountain Festival will include a new sportive that takes in three of the most spectacular Lakeland passes.
There will be a choice of three different length routes – 65, 56 or 28 miles (105/90/46km) – and up to 400 people are expected to take part.
Festival director Lucy Bennett said of the event on 22 May: “We want people to have fun and we’re making the most of the three high passes so everyone who competes can enjoy the spectacular views. There should be something for everyone, whether this is your first sportive or if you’re a seasoned competitor.”
The longest route takes you up the Whinlatter, Newlands and Honister passes twice, each time from a different direction, with 10,300ft (3,140m) of climbing. If you opt for the 56-mile version there are four climbs adding up to a total of 8,860ft (2,700m), while the beginner route has just two big climbs, with 4,230ft (1,290m) of height gained.
Sportive organiser Ian Mulvey said: “These are really demanding routes with little time to recover between the climbs up the passes. We’re hoping those who can’t tackle the big one will have a go at the two smaller ones. No matter what level you try, it will be a tough challenge.”
All rides will start and finish at Crow Park beside Derwentwater at the festival’s Adventure Base. Here competitors and spectators can enjoy the themed outdoor adventure areas, which cover hiking, cycling, climbing, triathlon and canoeing.
Entry is £30 and for that you’ll get electronic timing, feed stations, maps and route cards, mechanical support, a meal voucher, sports nutrition and a finisher”s memento. You can enter online at www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk. The festival, now in its fourth year, runs from 19-23 May.