The Team Townend Challenge is a cycling event in memory of Christian and Niggy Townend who were killed in a road crash whilst out cycling in 2010. The aims of the day are to raise money for charity, challenge yourself, enjoy cycling and remember Christian and Niggy.
The course itself takes in some of the most scenic and spectacular parts of the Lake District, as well as some of its most challenging roads, including the Whinlatter, Honister and Newlands passes. The first challenge took place in April 2011 and we have now raised over £65,000 for our chosen charity, RoadPeace. Since then it has grown into a popular sportive event, with over 300 riders per year.
27.04.2019, Start 10:00 am / last riders 11:00 am
Loweswater Village Hall,Loweswater,Cumbria,CA13 0RU
Complimentary cycling bottle, tea and cakes included for all riders. Close to the Kirkstile Inn, the best pub in the Lake District!
Best for new, young or intermediate riders, the short course is 22 miles long and heads down the Lorton Valley before taking the Whinlatter Pass.
After a winding descent into Braithwaite, the course then snakes up over the challenging Newlands pass and drops into the Buttermere Valley. Then it’s homeward bound alongside Crummock and back over to Loweswater.
Best for experienced riders; the long course is 40 miles long and follows the short course until it turns left at the bottom of Newlands pass. You’ll climb the imposing Honister Pass before dropping into the stunning Borrowdale Valley.
Turn left at Grange then follow the high road alongside Derwentwater and over to the second ascent of Whinlatter Pass. After descending into Lorton you then turn left down the valley towards the Loweswater finish.