The Beast – Event details

"the beast" 108 mile lake district sportive

Event HQ – 3-1-5 health club – Lancaster – LA1 3EP (M6 junc 34)

Distance – 108 miles / 174 km

Ascent – 7892 ft / 2406 m


The Beast ride starts on the riverside cycle-path on the outskirts of Lancaster, and you will gradually head north towards the Lake District National Park – which is now a World Heritage Area.

The route very much follows the back roads to get there via quiet lanes and small hamlets.  The first big challenge of the day in the long and steady ascent to Shap Summit, followed by a visit to Shap village, your first feed station and toilet block.

Next highlight is to ride along the shores of Ullswater and towards the second classic ascent of the day – namely Kirkstone Pass.  Once up and over this, quiet lanes lead to the second feed station and toilet block of the day, in Staverley village.

Once refuelled – country lanes lead to the quiet seaside town of Arnside, with its excellent selection of cafes and ice cream vendors.   Any extra fuel consumed will be put to good use to get over the final ascents of our local hills, that lead back to Lancaster and the finish area.


  • free secure parking on tarmac car park
  • on site toilets inside 3-1-5 health club
  • rider registration in the club entrance on the day
  • friendly team of experienced marshals and helpers
  • British Cycling public liability insurance
  • 1 x fully equipped ambulance staffed by 2 x professional paramedics
  • gpx files of route sent out with event day information e mail in week before the event
  • quiet roads, lanes and stunning scenery throughout
  • fully way-marked with distinctive arrows and safety signs throughout
  • 2 x “grab and go” feed stations en route + hot drinks
  • cafes, pubs, shops and toilets en route
  • riders times published online post event
  • free post ride photos available post event
  • broom wagons on standby to retrieve broken bikes and riders
  • chill out area in finish area to relax post ride with free snacks + hot drinks
  • souvenir event medal + car stickers available for purchase with online entry
  • special discounted use of health clubs showers, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzi and pool