Montpellier Madness; a long straight fast downhill that ends with a very tricky corner at the Crown Roundabout – fine judgement and nerves of steel will be needed to get round this corner with as much speed as possible.The Royal Run; taking its name from the Royal Baths and Royal Hall which overlook it, this fast and sweeping section is where riders will carry speed to keep their position in the race. But this section is not without technical challenge, the corner into the next section will be tight at speed and any small errors could well be costly.
Cavendish Hill; where adopted local hero Mark Cavendish’s hopes for yellow in 2014 came crashing down. This is a gruelling hill to just ride up let alone race. Strong riders will attack, others will just cling on. Every lap will make this hill more and more painful.
Stray’t Up leads out of the challenge of Cavendish Hill and is likely to see a lot of exciting moves as riders hope to open up a lead on each other with sudden jumps in speed, but all the speed they gain will be lost as the come to the tight and tricky U-turn at the end.
Stray’t Down is gently downhill, and will see riders exit the U-turn and try to regain all the lost speed. Heads down and teeth gritted, the riders will race by the event village as they ride back towards the town centre and begin the next lap.
But it doesn’t have to be that exhausting, everyone will have the opportunity to ride round this circuit at a more leisurely pace during the Ride the Route event on Saturday afternoon, before the racing gets under way.
remember if you want to ride the route it is open to the public but space is going fast and you must register in advance - so register today to "Ride the route" http://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/events/harrogate-big-bike-bash/ride-the-route
Kimberley Wilson & Simon Storer
owners and operators of The Camberley