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The Bike - 180Km (112m)

 

run map thumbWe believe that this is a simply superb route for a 112 mile triathlon bike course.

Athletes will take in several miles of well-known local time trial routes as well as more undulating sections, all on generally excellent road surfaces. Whilst not flat, we have minimised the elevation and it currently comes in at less than most of the other UK based races of this distance.

Departing Keswick and heading immediately west you will see one of England’s highest mountains, Skiddaw to your right followed very quickly by Bassenthwaite Lake. The course makes good use of the A66 at a time of day when traffic is light, travelling towards

Cockermouth before heading south west on to the A5086. This undulating section affords stunning views of the Lakeland fells to your left before emerging from the village of Rowrah to the spectacular sight of The Irish Sea and West Cumbrian Coast.

An out and back section on the A595 brings the course back north, skirting Whitehaven, with views across to its historic harbour, before turning left through the former steel town of Workington. A flat and fast section between Workington and Silloth promises to be one of the quickest parts of the course as riders should get the benefit of the prevailing south westerly wind. From Silloth a loop

around West Newton and Allonby is utilised, giving athletes a chance to eye up their competition. After completing the 16mile loop athletes head inland through the small town of Aspatria before heading for Cockermouth through a number of villages along the way, again the Lakeland fells come into view.

A town centre pass through of Cockermouth is next which should provide a focal point for spectators before heading back to
Keswick to begin the marathon All in all, 112 miles of superb Cumbrian countryside with the potential for some quick times.

Click on the map for a bigger image of the route or follow the link below for route card and GPX files HERE