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Giant Kendal - Castle Sportive Sunday 3rd June 2018

   Words by ZAC Cycles

   on 03/03/2017 12:10:00

GIANT KENDAL – CASTLE SPORITVE; not just any sportive……. it starts and finishes at a castle!


Lowther Castle, Penrith

    Lowther Castle start and finish          Alongside Ullswater                 

Add a touch of style to your sportive and join us at the majestic Lowther Castle for a ride around some of Cumbria’s best and quietest roads.  With views that will distract you from the odd cheeky hill and a stunning start and finish to your adventure riding through the impressive castle grounds.

Looking out across the Lake District National Park, Lowther Castle has over 130 acres of hidden gardens, woodland, breath-taking views and from later this year will also have a newly built cycle path straight from the Castle grounds so you can ride, traffic free, to nearby villages (full details available soon).

We have two routes for you to choose from, 100km or 50km, both equally spectacular with around 5600ft or 2600ft of ascent.  If you prefer a more sociable day out and don’t want to ride around on your own there will be a number of groups led by the Giant Kendal Team which anyone is welcome to join.

John Cox Sports Therapy will be set up at Lowther Castle to help with any last minute advice or taping before the ride (hopefully everyone arrives injury free!) and will be offering massages to help those speedy and tired legs recover after the ride.

£10 for a 10 minute massage (cash only please), no need to book just pop in and see him and he will ease those aching legs.

Also joining us will be the team from Mountain Fuel.  Come and have a chat with them at registration where they will be offering nutrition advice and handing out some of their fantastic energy fuelling products to help keep you riding!

Entry details – up to 31st May 2018  

  • Standard entry (from Monday 8th January) - £30 for 100km and £25 for 50km
  • Group discount available for 5 or more riders - £25 for 100km and £20 for 50km – If you would like to enter as a group or club please contact us first as we will need to give you a promotional code to use when you register your entries so you receive the discounted rate.  Please either contact the shop on 01539 728057 or email  with the names of all the riders.  Apologies for the minor inconvenience of having to contact us first.
  • Aged 12 – 18 years old - £20 for 100km and £15 for 50km 

*Please note – if you are not currently a member of British Cycling you will be asked to ‘register’ when entering the event.  This is completely free and is a requirement of British Cycling for insurance purposes and to ensure we have your contact details in case of an emergency during the sportive and also so we can let you know of any last minute updates or information regarding the event.* 


Please CLICK HERE if you want to see a few pictures of the beautiful route you will be riding.

What’s included in your entry?

  • An awesome day of riding with lots of friendly people!
  • Fully signed course
  • Free stuff at registration
  • Last minute, emergency bike mechanic support at start
  • Mid-way feed station with some snacks to power you to the finish (100km only)
  • Post-ride food (Lowther Castle are providing the food so it’s going to be delicious! – please let us know if you have any dietary requirements)
  • Two free childrens’ tickets into The Lost Castle at Lowther Castle (must be accompanied by one full paying adult, offer only valid on Sunday 3rd June and is non-transferable)
  • Event insurance provided by British Cycling

Lowther Castle courtyard - start and finish           Downhill into Shap


    Lowther Castle, Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HH


    Sunday 3rd June 2018

    Start time: between 08:00-10:00am

    Group led rides: between 08:30 – 09:00am

    Registration: from 7:00 am


    For the location of Lowther Castle GO HERE

    To view the route map (100km) GO HERE

    To view the route map (50km) GO HERE

    To ENTER or edit your entry GO HERE



    Route markings

    The route will be well marked with 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs in addition to road marking arrows where necessary. However, we do also advise that you familiarise yourself with the route and carry a printed route card and description with you as a back up.  Additionally you can download the GPS file at the above links.

    General ride details

    Please ensure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the event, including checking the brakes (important for the descents along the route!).

    You should also bring tools, spare inner tubes and money for emergencies. There will be a ‘sweeper’ wagon, but you need to be equipped for any mechanical difficulties you might have.

    You can start the ride any time between 08:00am and 10:00am. A maximum of 20 riders will start every 2 minutes between these times. If you prefer a more sociable ride, or don’t want to ride on your own, there will be a number of groups led by the Giant Kendal team which anyone is welcome to join. These will leave between 8.30 -9am for both routes.

    You should choose your own start time but we advise slower riders start earlier, to allow more time to complete the distance, especially if doing the longer route.  This will also help to ensure riders are spread out on the roads. Finish times might range from 3-6 hours for the 100km route and 1.5 – 3 hours for the 50km.

    It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar). No helmet, no ride.

    You will need to register when you arrive; registration will be open from 07:00 am and will be in the Castle courtyard. Directions of where you need to go will be clearly marked. Any final updates or route information will be available at registration.

    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A NON-TIMED EVENT – so no timing chips will be required.

    The finish

    The finish route will take you through the grounds of Lowther Castle and there will be marshals at key places, in addition to signage, to guide you to the finish area. As this is a public place and you will be sharing the roads with everyone else, we ask that you are aware and show consideration to other visitors to the Castle, both vehicles and pedestrians, and follow the usual rules of the road.


    How old do I have to be?

    Minimum age for the event is 12 years of age.


    Ample free parking at Lowther Castle.


    Riders can use the facilities just off the main courtyard which will be signed. You will have exclusive access to one of the blocks.

    Facilities at HQ (Lowther Castle)

    Lowther Castle is open to the public between 10am – 5pm and has many attractions to keep your supporters entertained through the day; an exhibition, a number of gardens, woodland adventures and The Lost Castle. There is also a great cafe and shop.

    Route safety

    Both routes are on generally quiet roads, but please be aware of traffic and other cyclists.  Usual rules of the road apply, don’t ride more than two abreast, ride within your limits and in a way that is safe both to yourself and others on the road.

    Will I be fit enough

    You are the best judge of your fitness, but we suggest you take a look at the route maps if you are any doubt about the type of terrain you will be tackling and try to ride a few routes with similar climbing and distance before the event so your legs know what to expect.  Both routes are more than manageable for most cyclists, with the 50km being achievable for the majority of people and the 100km for those who are happy being on the bike a bit longer with a few hills.

    What do I need to take on the ride

    There are no specific event requirements, other than to wear a helmet and your bike in working order, but we suggest you bring everything that you would usually take when out on your bike.  For example spare tubes, tyre levers, pump, multi-tool, mobile phone, water and food.

    What if I have a mechanical or emergency

    There is no official mechanical support along the route, although we will have a mechanic available at the start of the ride for any last minute minor problems.  The Giant Kendal team will be out on both routes to offer assistance wherever they can, but it’s best to ensure you are self sufficient, especially for minor mechanicals.  In case of a serious medical emergency you should phone the emergency services immediately and then contact the event organiser as soon as possible.  For any minor incidents you should phone the event organiser who can arrange for a first aider or vehicle to collect you.  There will also be a ‘sweeper wagon’ at the back of the rides, but this is for emergencies only and not if your legs have run out of puff. (sorry!)

    What to do if you get lost

    If you think you have missed a sign or taken a wrong turn then try and retrace your route back to where you saw the last sign if possible, using the downloadable route card to help.  If you are unable to get yourself back on course then please ring the event organiser who will try and help guide you back on to the route.

    If you have any questions about the event, route or there are any other details you would like then please get in touch.  You can either call the shop on 01539 728057, pop in and see us at the shop (we always like a chat especially if it’s riding bikes related!) or email us at


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