This event forms part of the CTC West Yorkshire DA Events Programme and is registered with the CTC Tourist Trophy Competition. The 400 km course has to be completed within 27 hours. There is an entry fee of £8.00 (£9.00 when paying by PayPal).
Not Quite the Spurn Head 400 offered riders the chance to visit a part of Yorkshire which is truly unique, and which may well soon be reclaimed by the North Sea (but hopefully not too soon). There was also the chance to spend time in some of the less visited parts of the East Riding. Unfortunately the cafe at the tip of Spurn Point has now closed and has been removed, but most of the event remains, with the sand and pavé being replaced by the Isle of Axholme.
The Tourist Information Offices in Halifax (01422 368725) and Hebden Bridge (01422 843831) may be able to provide details of more up-market accommodation in the area.
The original 240 was a CTC West Yorkshire DA Standard Ride organised by Halifax CTC and remembered with affection (?) by many of the DA’s veterans, and some of the younger riders too. In its original form, the aim was to cover the 240 miles in 24 hours.
The challenging route takes in a lot of majestic country and some substantial hills including the climbs of Barbondale, Hartside, Yad Moss, Kidstones, and Cock Hill Moor.
It was revived in 2002 as an Audax event by Frank Branch and Judith Willcock, who converted the old handwritten and much roneo’d and photocopied route sheets into intelligible form, making appropriate modifications that enhanced the route and kept it true to its origins. The route was modified in 2007, in order to accommodate the early start and to remove a section of trunk road, while retaining and enhancing the scenic qualities
The challenging route takes in a lot of majestic country and includes substantial climbing with 6.5 AAA points. There are no compromises as regards route or comfort. The route will take you to remote and inhospitable places (e.g.Yorkshire) as it climbs its way through majestic Pennine landscapes. There are long distances between controls and it is likely that you will need to carry food and drink, and be resourceful about your victualling. You should have complete confidence in your abilities and in your bicycle and its equipment, and will need to have adequate lighting to cope with unlit and poorly surfaced country roads in remote and hilly areas. Riders who successfully complete this event have the satisfaction of knowing that they have overcome one of Audax UK’s hardest challenges.
This event forms part of the CTC West Yorkshire DA Events Programme and is registered with the District Associations Tourist Competition. The 202 km course has to be completed within 13 hours 30 minutes. There is an entry fee of £5.00
Starting at Mytholmroyd the event follows most of the second part of the 3 Coasts 600, going out to the second coast (the West) at Glasson Dock, and then to the third coast, situated at the “weighvers’ seaport” of Hollingworth Lake, returning to base by way of England’s longest continuous downhill road.
The event HQ at Mytholmroyd Sports and Community Centre, on Caldene Avenue, just off the A646 and approximately 1 mile from Hebden Bridge, has a large car park and is also easily accessible by rail (cycle-carrying trains stop hourly at Mytholmroyd from both Leeds and Manchester, and more frequently at Hebden Bridge).
Unusually for a 200, for those wanting to arrive at the HQ on Saturday night, the HQ will be open from approximately 7:00 pm and hopefully floor space for sleeping will be available. A continental-style breakfast will be available early on Sunday before the start. B&B charge is £5.00, and food and sleeping facilities will also be available at the HQ after the event on Sunday evening. It would be appreciated if anybody wanting to make use of these facilities would let me know.
There is also a Youth Hostel (01706 812340) at Mankinholes, approximately 5 miles away. The Tourist Information Offices in Halifax (01422 368725) and Hebden Bridge (01422 843831) may be able to provide details of more up-market accommodation in the area.