Tour De Moor Returns to Copeland
With British cycling going from strength to strength on the world stage. West Cumbria has taken inspiration from France and is again holding its very own ‘Tour De Moor’ this September.
The event in 2015 saw over 400 cyclists take part in ladies only rides, family rides, mountain biking and the Tour de Moor sportive.
This year’s event is a full weekend of cycling with the West Lakes Cycling Festival pushing off from Cleator Moor on Sunday September 18.
The festival encompasses ‘Ladies Night’ on Friday night, the Cleator X MTB Challenge throughout Saturday and finishes off with the Tour De Moor Sportive on Sunday, with all the events starting and finishing in Cleator Moor.
Friday’s event is a ladies only ride with the emphasis being on the social side of the sport. This 10 mile ride finishes with a glass of Prosecco and a pudding waiting at the Civic Hall as a well deserved treat for all the ladies crossing the finishing line.
Saturday 17 is family day with a guided British Cycling ‘Sky Ride’ – Into the Wilds of Ennerdale. Starting and finishing in Cleator Moor the route takes riders to the shores of the beautiful Ennerdale Lake before returning along country lanes via Ennerdale Village and back into Cleator Moor.
The Festival reaches its climax on Sunday afternoon with the marathon 32 mile ‘Tour De Moor’. The sportive is celebrating its third birthday this year. The ride comprises of two different laps around the town, through the town square and out onto Copeland’s scenic back-roads. Firstly Riders will head into the Ennerdale Valley before climbing to Kirkland via Cauda Brow. A second climb out of Arlecdon takes riders across Weddicar Rigg before the first descent into Cleator Moor, after passing through the town square riders head to Frizington for the final climb which takes in Steel Brow followed by the descent into Cleator Moor for the finish.
The event is being run by local woman Jo Wear in collaboration with British Cycling, Cleator Moor Town Council, Bill Morley of the Cleator Moor Civic Hall and Cyclewise of Cockermouth and Whinlatter.
Event organiser Jo Wear said:”We are really excited about this year’s events, in recent years the Tour de Moor has been well supported by local cyclists, clubs and riders from further afield. The atmosphere and support given to riders has always been fantastic thanks to the numbers of people who turn out to spectate.”
Riders can cool off with refreshments being provided at both the start and end of all the events.
Entry into the ladies day ride is £5 and £10 for all other challenges.