The Leg Breaker
Sunday February 24th 2013 (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
9.00am start. You may start later than this, but you must be back at the HQ by 2.30pm
A 65 miles cycle ride that must be completed within 5 hrs 30 mins.
The total height climbed is 943m (3088ft)
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 east-north-east through Cottesmore and then under the A1 to enter Lincolnshire for a few miles. At Castle Bytham, the furthest point on the route, you turn back towards the optional stop at the windmill in Wymondham. If it’s windy, this westerly leg can be quite hard as it always seems to be in your face. The next few miles after the café are easy, which is just as well because the climbing starts again as you go over hilly ground again on your way back to the HQ and a cuppa.
The Sore Legs and Leg Breaker share the same outward and homeward routes, thus you may set off on the Leg Breaker and if it’s “not your day” miss out the extra loop into Lincolnshire, complete only the Sore Legs ride and still be awarded a certificate.
The same route sheet is issued for both the Sore Legs (50mls) and Leg Breaker (65mls), and should you not wish to complete the longer ride, it is obvious what to do to leave out the additional loop.
STOP PRESS - a minor closure in Great dalby has forced a route diversion - Revised route dtls now added below. (this note posted 21/2/13)
Click here for the Leg Breaker Route Sheet (revised 21/2/13)
This is in large print and can be folded to A6 size for ease of reading on the bike. See sketch on the Crippler page. Copies will also be available at the HQ.
Leg Breaker GPX file for those with GPS (revised 21/2/13)
Click here for the Leg Breaker Map (revised 21/2/13)You are advised to print out a copy of this map and take it with you unless you are familiar with the area
TO AVOID ANNOYING OTHER ROAD USERS PLEASE DO NOT RIDE IN LARGE GROUPS