Belmont or Bust - Stong Plus

Sunday 18th November 2012 at 9.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Bolton One Community Leisure Centre Moor Lane BL3 5DB
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
3 hours 0 mins  (2 hours 20 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


Sky Ride Local in Bolton

Challenging rides on the road for adults only If you've been riding a road bike for a while, and perhaps been thinking about joining a cycling club, these rides – brand new for 2012 – are for you. The prospect of a speedy pace over twenty to fifty miles, and the strong likelihood of some hills thrown in along the way, means our Ride Strong Plus rides are not for the faint-hearted.

We hope you like big climbs for this one! Heading north through Smithills you'll spot your first glimpse of the West Pennine Moors before heading east for the long haul to Turton Tower. Your westward journey then takes you past the 'Blue Lagoon' and Winter Hill mast. As you head towards Rivington watch the panorama unfold before your eyes with views across the West Lancashire Coastal Plain towards Blackpool Tower, the Fylde Coast, Llandudno and the Welsh Mountains. The welcome sight of the iconic Rivington Lower Barn greets you before you begin the last leg homeward bound back to Bolton for a well earned breather!

If you've already tried one of our Ride Strong Plus rides and you're ready for the next challenge, why not try a British Cycling Sportive?

Additional Information

As these are adult only rides, designed for cyclists progressing from the standard Ride Strong level, the pace of the ride could increase to 15mph at the discretion of the Ride Leader.

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures, Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at Casino/Mecca Bingo, charges apply
Nearest Train Station
Changing Facilities Available?
Yes, at Bolton One - ask at reception  
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Bolton One - ask at reception  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • David Buchanan
    David Buchanan I'm an experienced cyclist in my 3rd season doing Sky Rides. I've been involved in cycling for many years. Used to race in time trials but that was years ago (When I was fitter and slimmer). Prefer road riding to off road. Prefer down hill to up hill.Working for myself now so get a little bit more time to get out on my bike, which is nice.
  • John Clifford
    John Clifford Hi, I recently returned to cycling after a long time out of the saddle. I really enjoyed the Sky Rides that I went on so I trained as a leader and this is now my third year. I ride mainly on the road but do some off-road rides too, and I look forward to meeting new people and renewing old acquaintances on this year's Sky Ride programme.

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