The Ram – event details

"the ram" 68 mile yorkshire dales sportive

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

Distance – 80 miles / 130 km

Ascent – 6632 ft / 2022 m


The Ram ride starts on the riverside cycle-path on the outskirts of Lancaster, you will follow the river Lune to the small village of Wray, where you will head inland and towards the Yorkshire Dales.

You will start to see the distinctive outline of Ingleborough over your left shoulder, for a long time in the distance, and will soon ride across the A65 – Kendal / Settle road.  Then pass between Pen y Gent and the flanks of Ingleborough hills, before passing through Horton in Ribblesdale.

The route turns right near the famous Ribblehead viaduct and heads towards Hawes in the depth of The Dales.  the village is avoided by turning left.  Both the feed station and the ascent of the infamous Coal Road over to Cowgill are soon upon you.

Once over this obstacle, the village of Dent, with its cobbled main street, is soon reached, with its shop, cafes, pubs and toilets.  Refreshed riders will now be ready to take on the short but steep climb up Gorthrope that leads to the heavenly descent of Barondale, a hidden gem of NW cycling.

The route now follows some of the many quite country lanes back towards Caton, the River Lune, Lancaster and the finish.


  • 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 detailed event day information email in week before the event
  • quiet roads, lanes stunning scenery throughout the ride
  • fully way-marked with distinctive arrows and safety signs throughout
  • 1 x well stocked “grab and go” feed station around half way + 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, free snacks and 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