Tuesday/Thursday Evenings (Autumn-Spring 2016)
30.8 Miles / Elevation 850m (2600ft)
During the dark autumn and winter nights Teesdale CRC members dust off the head torches and join in a weekly ride to 'Tan Hill'.
Riders meet at 6.00pm at Glaxo Sports & Social Club, Barnard Castle and head up to Tan Hill Inn, Britain's highest public house. A decent set of lights is a must, as is wet weather gear! The route varies depending on the conditions but usually involves a mixture of mud, gravel, tarmac and occasionally snow and ice!
The majority of the riders tackle the route on a traditional mountain bike, but the course can easily be tackled on cyclo-cross or hybrid bike.
The route starts with a mixture of on-road/off-road (depending on the conditions) to Bowes and then climbs the Gimonby/Sleightholme Moor Rd Bridleway (Tarmac & Gravel) to Long Causeway before the final lung busting tarmac road climb to the Inn itself. Riders will usually spend an hour or so sampling the local ale and food before suiting back up for the quick downhill blast back to Barnard Castle, usually getting back at around 9:00pm.
NOTE: Occasionally this ride is switched to Thursday evenings if the weather is looking particularly unwelcoming on the Tues. Best to check out the Facebook group before heading out to meet up.