18-20 September

The Tour of the Roses is designed to be an antidote to the increasing commercialisation of amateur cycling in the UK. We want to create an event for serious cyclists that doesn't take itself too seriously. An experience where participants feel they’re a name, not a bib number.

Over three successive days, the Tour of the Roses will take in the best of the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Forest of Bowland in Lancashire. Covering a total of 315km with nearly 6,000m of climbing, including Buttertubs, Hardknott Pass and 'the Struggle', it should be a proper test of endurance for any amateur cyclist.

Places are intentionally limited to keep it as social and safe as possible. We'll ride in small groups, so everyone gets to know each other. There will be full support, home-made sandwiches and cakes on offer at the lunches and refreshment breaks and group dinners and drinks in the evenings.

Our base for the weekend will be Kendal: easy to reach with plenty of accommodation options. We’ve negotiated a fantastic group rate at the four-star Castle Green Hotel, with swimming pool, steam room, and its own local pub in the grounds.

We'd really love for you to join us. You can find out all about the event  - including the routes, climbs, location and accommodation - on the Tour of the Roses event website. Or you can send us an email with any comments or questions.

Hopefully we'll get to ride with you in September!