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Published on Mar 4, 2012
Riders Perspective Starts with a 3 mile climb (about 1 in 12 or less) before descending passed Eggleston to the new climb of Carlonin (about 1 in 8) and then climbing several long drags to reach the summit of the Bollihope (approx 1700 feet). Another long descent and stiff climb takes you into Weardale and the descent of Unthank Bank into Stanhope. An unduating 4 mile loop brings you back to the bottom of Unthank Bank, 0.65 miles of 1 in 6 with a steeper S-bend, followed by a further mile of drag before the descent into Bollihope Bottom and the main climb of the course. A 1 in 6 S-bend opens out onto a deceptively steep 1.5 mile drag, followed by the final 1 mile ascent of the Bollihope (approx 1 in 8). The ride back to Barnard Castle is then mainly downhill except for the leg sapping climb of Folly Bank (about 0.5 mile of 1 in 10) with 5 miles to go.