To keep building up our hill climbing stamina, here is a hilly little circuit that borrows some of the roads used for the Battle of Bradfield sportive. We'll set off from our usual start point on Loxley Road but instead of heading towards Damflask, we'll take an immediate right turn up Hallowmoor Road. The road climbs steadily up to Worral before dropping sharply down to Oughtibridge. We then hit the long and in places quite steep climb of Jawbone (or the Cote d'Oughtibridge as it was named for the Tour de France), which takes us up to Grenoside. From there we continue towards Wortley before tackling another climb up to Green Moor and then dropping down Underbank Lane. Another steady climb takes us along some more winding lanes to Mortimer Road and over some more ups and downs before dropping down through Wigtwizzle. We then have a short climb and a steep descent before we reach Ewden Village, cross the river and tackle a short steep climb. After a short flat section there is one last long (and in places steep) climb before the road flattens out. We then drop down Long Lane to Loxley Road and return to the start point.
This route has some challenging climbs. But as usual, we'll ride at the pace of the slowest and no-one will get left behind. There are no cafe stops on this route, so don't forget to bring food and drink to fuel your ride (you'll be burning quite a few calories and we don't want any bonking!).