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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Monster cycling challenges bring adventure to Cumbria

Two seriously challenging cycling events – the Slate Slinger Sportive and Lakeland Monster Miles – organised by Rather Be Cycling and Cycling Weekly magazine are taking place in Cumbria this autumn.

The Slate Slinger Sportive on September 28 sets off from the historic home of the Inglewood family in Hutton-in-the-Forest and gives cyclists the choice of three routes of varying lengths.

The fearsome ascent of Honister Pass will challenge those who take on the longest route of 93 miles.

Those not wanting to go quite so far have a choice of either the 34 mile or 60 mile route through the Cumbrian mountains and moorland.

The Lakeland Monster Miles challenge on October 12 is the final event of magazine Cycling Weekly’s Adventure Cross series.

The series incorporates off road tracks, trails, bridleways and lanes to create a new cross-country adventure experience for cyclists.

Last year around 750 people took on the route, which hosts some beautiful views as it circumnavigates Blencathra and Skiddaw. Cyclists again have a choice between the Mini 40 mile and Massif 60 mile routes. A video promoting the event shows some of the stunning views cyclists can expect to see.

Cheryl Frost, the director of Rather Be Cycling, said of the route: “It’s stunning – it’s tough but it’s a very pretty route.”

Cheryl also added that if it is wilderness cyclists want to be in, the Galloway Gallop in Dumfries on September 21 is the event to attend as 90 per cent of the route is off road.

For more information visit Rather Be Cycling.

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