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This is the 8th running of the Ronde Van Calderdale (RVC) that continues to win praise for the well signed route, the amazing scenery, the friendly nature of the volunteer team and the great feed stations and support for every rider entering.
The 2019 event will feature two ride lengths. The ever popular 74 mile ride (average ride time is over 5 hours as it is a real challenge) and now a new medium route of 54 miles. The medium route follows the long route until feed station 2. the key difference between the long and medium route is about 20+ miles and you miss out on the Jowler Bank cobbled climb.
Both length rides include very testing climbs on both cobbles and Tarmac road sections in and around Calderdale that test the skills, stamina and endurance of every rider, with great scenery along the way. These are routes that have brought riders back each year along with their buddies where riders stop and cheer each other up climbs, then remount and hit the next climbs to keep the camaraderie going.
The entry fee will include a fully signed route, three main feed stations en route and a splash and dash gel station at the top of Trooper Lane about 9 miles from home. We have changing facilities at the HQ, Spen Valley High School. We have over 200 on-site parking spaces available, or park nearby and ride to the Sports College. We will have free self-service tea and coffee at the start and finish and porridge at sign on too.
The event will have around 300 signs to keep people en-route, before and after each junction.
This is a unique event in the UK sportive calendar, and all proceeds go to help develop riders from Kirklees Cycling Academy. Five of our riders, all members of British Cycling were selected for the Olympic Development Apprenticeship in October 2014, three more have made the ODA since and we have some Regional champions in our current squad. We have made further investments in coaching resources, infrastructure and subsidised coaching sessions to assist more riders to achieve their potential.
See you in April.