About the Skylark Sportive
The Skylark is a hilly Sportive set in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire. The event features several key climbs from Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France’s visit to the region, plus a delightful range of quiet lanes. The landscapes are spectacular throughout.
The Skylark Sportive included three route length options, 100km, 60km and 40km. The 100km option includes two of the most significant climbs of the 2014 Tour de France Stage 2 route through West Yorkshire.
Designed with the help of local riders, the 100km ride starts close to the small town of Marsden, just West of Huddersfield, then loops northwards to Cragg Vale, famously the longest uninterrupted climb in England and a major feature of the Tour’s 2014 visit to the area.
All three Skylark routes feature an out and back ride up the legendary Holme Moss, three miles of exposed, steep and challenging road that clings to the Eastern fringes of the high Pennines. Holme Moss will be another major feature of the Tour route.