Print this page

The Crippler

28th January 2018

8.30am start. You may start after this, but you must be back at the HQ by 3.00pm.

An 81 miles cycle ride that must be completed within 6 hrs 30mins
The total height climbed is 1233m (4057ft)

This new ride was introduced in 2010 and throws an extra two tough hills into the equation as well as the extra distance.

Even without considering the possible weather conditions, this is a demanding ride.

The route passes four cafes (21, 55, 59 & 69mls).

This ride leaves the HQ on the northern edge of Leicester and within a few miles you are in the lanes. The route is soon into some short but sharp hills (enjoy the climb up through South Croxton!) before you tackle the long climb to Burrough on the Hill and the Hill Fort that gives the ride its name. A few more rolling bits of road, past a tea room in Gates Garden Centre (rather expensive, so not recommended, but it’s there if you need it) and you will then enjoy a long, fast descent to enter Rutland, England’s smallest county. A fairly flat section then follows as you head north past a small cafe, then east-north-east through Cottesmore then almost to the A1. From there you set off onto a northerly loop. After a fairly flat section, but one that gives no quarter from the wind, there is a steep drop down a technically demanding hill into the Vale of Belvoir. A short run along the Vale means you can then tackle the tough climb of Harby Hill, used for hill climb competitions by the local racing clubs! Soon after the climb, the second café, one better suited to groups of cyclists, offers the chance of a short stop. A long, gradual descent down into the Soar Valley. After passing another cafe you start the long climb up Beacon Hill, the highest point on the ride. It is this long hill, so late in the ride, that gives the ride its name, as it will surely “cripple” anyone feeling tired. An undulating descent back to the outskirts of Leicester and the final short rise up Red Hill on the A6 gets you back to the HQ and refreshments.

Click here for a copy of the Crippler Route Sheet

Copies will also be available at the HQ.

This is in large print and can be folded to A6 size for ease of reading on the bike. Fold it like this to allow you to read it on the bike. : -

Click here for a map from which a .gpx file may be downloaded ("Export" tab top right of the page)

You are advised to print out a copy of this map and take it with you unless you are familiar with the area.





Previous page: Home
Next page: The Leg Breaker