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Charity Cycle Challenge 2015: Way of the Roses

To support the fantastic work of the Railway Children charity, NACO President Darren Leverington will lead a group of NACO members on the official Way of the Roses cycle route from Morecambe (West Coast) to Bridlington (East Coast) 22-25th May 2015.

if you want to get involved, please contact Matt Arrowsmith at the NACO National Office on 0161 351 7900 or by email to

Information Pack (download)
Although the Way of the Roses route has been completed by cyclists of many different ability levels, and can be ridden on most types of bike, it is a challenge! To download an information pack with details of the route, accommodation and our sponsorship target click here.
The Route
We will tackle the 170 mile route over 3 days:

Ride Day 1: 60 miles. Some steep climbs around Settle and towards Pateley Bridge. Overnight accommodation in Pateley Bridge.
Ride Day 2: 47 miles. Climbing from Pateley Bridge to Brimham Rocks. Flat from Ripon to York. Overnight accommodation in York.
Ride Day 3: 61 miles.
Mostly flat country lanes and cycleways from York to Bridlington.
> Thursday 21st May
  • B&B accommodation provided in Morecambe
  • 8:00pm, Meet for dinner (to be confirmed)
> Friday 22nd May: 60 miles
  • 8:30am, Meet at the Way of the Roses start-point, by the Eric Morecambe statue on the seafront
  • Morecambe to Settle, 35 miles. Lunch in Settle.
  • Settle to Pateley Bridge, 25 miles. Overnight in Pateley Bridge staying at local B&Bs
Saturday 23rd May: 47 miles
  • 9amGather by Pateley Bridge
  • Pateley Bridge to Boroughbridge, 25 miles. Lunch in Boroughbridge
  • Boroughbridge to York, 22 miles. Overnight in York
Sunday 24th May: 61 miles
  • 8am, Gather by Clifford’s Tower/York Castle Museum
  • York to Driffield, 42 miles. Lunch in Driffield.
  • FINISH in Bridlington around 4pm
Carrying Your Gear / Support Vehicle Info
NACO will be providing a support vehicle to carry clothes, general luggage and any large spares. The support vehicle will stick to A-roads where possible and only meet us at set points on the route and in case of emergency. We strongly recommend that you carry a small bag with an inner tube, multitool, pump, waterproofs as necessary, and anything else you think you will need (energy bars, drinks etc).

We will be staying in bed & breakfast accommodation on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, your larger luggage items will be transported for you in the support vehicle.
Get Involved! 
To find out more, please contact Matt Arrowsmith at the NACO National Office on 0161 351 7900 or by email to