We spend on average 45 hours a week at work. We all agree that’s a lot. At Warwick Mill we think that if you are going to spend that amount of time at work you may as well do it somewhere you enjoy being and think that our semi-rural placed business centre provides just that environment.
Let’s face it though, we would much rather be talking to our colleagues about things out of the office rather than our day to day work. For some of us in the Warwick Mill team that means spending time on two wheels. Luckily for us we are surrounding by stunning places we can go to indulge our passion. Like work, it’s good to have a goal and the growing number of cycle sportives organised in and around the area are a great way to be introduced to new routes, new challenges and chat to some likeminded people.
Here’s our roundup of the best for the rest of 2017.
14th May 2017
Enjoy a great day out riding along the beautiful Solway coast and countryside whilst raising money for local good causes. There is a choice routes from Short Route of 30km (19 miles), Medium Route of 65km (40 miles), or Long Route of 115km (71 miles) all on quiet roads.
The event starts and finishes at Dumfries Rugby Club with parking, changing rooms, and showers post event. Feeding stations will be available on all three routes and food/drink is provided at the finish. The event is suitable for all with a basic level of fitness and a timed certificate is presented to all finishers.
25th June 2017
Starting and finishing in Silloth the sportive offers two distances of 35 or 60 miles. Both sportives are relatively flat and head out start by following the same route, initially along the coast before heading inland towards Wigton. The longer route then turns towards a feed station at Kirkbampton before heading towards the coast at Burgh by Sands and following the coastline nature reserves of the Solway coast towards Anthorn and then back to Silloth. Fast and friendly, it’s a great way to build confidence for new riders and for more experienced to push for PB’s.
2nd July 2017
Run as part of Sedbergh Cycling Festival the sportive offers 2 distances of 30 and 70 miles, with entry fee’s including breakfast, an event travel mug, and a £5 voucher to spend on the event field. The 70 mile ride will also include a feed station.
The short course follows the same route as the last two years, heading from Sedbergh towards Kirkby Stephen but to head up to the Fat Lamb Inn at Ravenstonedale before following the valley back to Sedbergh, taking in the stunning sight of Cautley Spout.
The 70 mile route features Buttertubs climb used on the first day of the Tour de France stage in Yorkshire and provides a challenging day in the saddle with over 5400 ft (2,000m) of ascent.
3rd September 2017
Back for the third year, the Cross Border now offers three routes of 30, 50 and 84 miles. Compromising quiet, undulating roads in stunning countryside that spans the border between England and Scotland that once made up the debatable lands. Relations have improved these days but riders can still unleash their inner Reiver at the fast becoming legendary feed stops along the way.
Of course you don’t need to pay money to enjoy cycling in this area and with a number of national cycle network routes within a short distance of the mill we really are spoilt for options.
Those based here can also make use of our bike park facilities and changing rooms for cycling to work, or making the most of those hours after work.
Let us know how you get on….