DISTANCE112 miles (180km)

ELEVATION GAIN 12,000 ft (3,700 m)

START T1 - WATERHEAD - AMBLESIDE

FINISH T2 - WATERHEAD - AMBLESIDE

 

T1 WATERHEAD - KIRKSTONE - KESWICK

 

After leaving the lake at Waterhead, bike through Ambleside to the start of Kirkstone Pass (3 miles: 25%) culminating in the infamous Struggle, a series of switch backs just before the summit. Heading North from Kirkstone, the ride becomes easier, following the shoreline of Ulswater before a long, slow drag past Aira Force up towards the A66 and on to Keswick. 

 

KESWICK - HONISTER - NEWLANDS - WHINLATTER (FEED STATION)

 

From Keswick head South past Derwent Water towards Borrowdale. From here you can see the back of Scafell Pike, the summit of the run route. Honister Pass (1.5 miles: 25%) swings you back North towards Buttermere. A short, steep pass, Honister, is a rude awakening after the easy riding from Keswick and hails the start of a series of three consecutive mountain passes, followed by the steady climb of Newlands (2 miles 20% max) and finishing with the relatively easy ascent of Whinlatter (1.5 miles: 15% max). The Feed station is located on Whinlatter pass in the layby on the right 600m from the village of Braithwait.

 

WHINLATTER - COLDFELL - GOSFORTH

 

After Lorton Village on the western side of Whinlatter, the ride takes you south towards Ennerdale Bridge via Loweswater. This section is deceptive, no major passes but a lot of climbing with constant undulating roads and some short steep sections. Ennerdale Bridge marks the start of Cold Fell. Though not a pass, not too steep, it is still one of the most arduous climbs on the route due to the prevailing winds, predominately from the South West, and its proximity to the Irish Sea.

 

GOSFORTH - HARDKNOT - WRYNOSE - T2 WATERHEAD

 

From Gosforth turn East towards Santon Bridge and the Esk valley, eventually reaching the twin passes of Hardknott and Wyrnose. Averaging 25% and topping out at 33%, Hardknott comes first and is steepest. This is followed by a relatively easy ascent of Wrynose at only 20%. Continue East to Ambleside and Waterhead to transition to the run.

 

BIKE 112 miles (180km)

ELEVATION 12,000 ft (3,700 m).

 

THIS IS THE HARDEST BIKE SECTION OF ANY 'IRONMAN' ULTRA TRIATHLON IN THE UK