Pendle 600 Historical Record
The inaugural Pendle 600 took place over the weekend of 02 – 03 June 2012. Many people will remember this as the “Jubilee Weekend”.
The ride began with some very pleasant early morning riding along the A59 before the riders encountered the first big (ish) climbs of the route whilst passing through the Yorkshire Dales. The next stretch took the riders over the North Yorks’ Moors, up and down 1:3 handlebar bending grades before the riders controlled at Robin Hood’s Bay, overlooking the sea!
With the North Yorkshire Moors now out of the way, the next stretch along Teesside was welcomed by most riders as the easier run along main roads provided the riders the chance to make up some time before the route turned north into the northern Pennines, climbing over the 500m contour on several occasions.
The stretch along the A686 over Hartside Pass – at 580m the highest elevation on the route – was a night-ride for the riders. By the time of the Seascale control at about 300-miles, most riders were exhausted with still the headline climbs of the ride to come: Hardkn*tt and Wryn*se passes!
The final stretch over the Trough of Bowland provided the riders with an exhilirating ride along the river to the finish.
Riders travelled from as far as Oxfordshire; Buckinghamshire; London and Scotland to participate.
These 11 -riders completed the very first edition:
The second edition was held over the weekend of 22 – 23 June 2013.
34 riders entered. 20 riders started and the following 17 riders finished:
A strong westerly wind blew the riders out to the coast at Robin Hood’s Bay, again climbing over the North Yorkshire Moors to the east coast.
The riders then turned into a fierce headwind (the headwind would play havoc all the way across country to the west coast), before climbing north into the northern Pennines, where the wind and driving rain made the night-time Hartside pass crossing almost a survival battle.
Fortunately, they were all assured of a warm welcome at the Langwathby night (or in some cases morning) control before venturing out into the early morning drizzle to tackle the Lake District.
After the west coast, Hardknott & Wrynose Passes were conquered by most riders and all surviving riders went onto finish.
Riders travelled from as far as London; Bristol; Surrey and Wales in order to participate in the event and I do hope their journey’s and expense was worthwhile!
Each and every rider had their own epic story to tell, and many of the links to their blogs can be found below.
Furthermore, Damon Peacock kindly filmed some of the 2013 event and you can view his 17-minute film from youtube below:
The third running of the Pendle 600 was held over the weekend of 13-14 June 2015. The event counted as a 600 km qualifying ride for Paris-Brest-Paris, and was the last to start in the village of Pendleton.
Most of the riders set off in the rain although the weather improved as the riders climbed over the north Yorkshire Moors on their way to the east coast. Justin Jones became the only rider to complete all three editions, whilst several riders completed back to back 600s (ie – ridden a 600 the previous weekend). Cathy Brown became the first ever female finisher whilst Stuart Blofeld attempted the route on an Elliptigo but unfortunately ran out of time after completing 561 km. Glenn Utteridge completed the event as his first ever Audax event, raising money for charity in the process.
The successful riders were as follows:
Riders travelled from as far as London; Hampshire; Cambridgeshire and Surrey in order to participate in the event.