LF Cycle Challenge 

They Came, They Rode, Some Conquered!

Not your average cycle event..... Total distance 71.13km with 4165ft of incline!

All we ask is that you work hard for a few hours like all of our heart kiddies do everyday right into adulthood! For them they do this ride constantly even when trying to eat their meals...... 

Time limit for the ride is 5 hours 

Current fastest time : 2hours 13 Mins - Gareth Balshaw, Bolton 


Join our Facebook event group 

23rd April 2017 

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How to Join


£30.00 (Online Entry) incl goody bag, finishers medal and support crew

£35.00 CASH ONLY on the day, incl goody bag, finishers medal and support crew

Take part in our exhilarating open cycling challenge around the beautiful countryside of South Lancashire. Tackling the challenging inclines and enjoying the fabulous views to North Wales, Cheshire and Blackpool.

A total of 71.13 KM of incredible countryside with 4165ft of incline, not for the faint-hearted- Let me assure you a BC Grade 2 is not quite true! Part of the route is covered in the Iron Man. If you are training for a bigger event this will be a fantastic challenge to start the spring with.

A masseur will be available at the end of the ride for those aching legs. 

(If you would like to collect sponsorship for Lagan's Foundation please set up your online page here)

*Please note children under 14 cannot participate, Children 14-16 must be accompanied.

Posted by Rachael Johnson on

I'll definitely be entering the 2017 ride. This years event was well organised. The route was well signed in fact I'd say it was the best signed cycling event that I've been on. The course was challenging with some meaty climbs which is my favourite kind of cycling. I may not have been the fastest rider but I made it up every hill even Foxholes. Fantastic event not to be missed

Posted by Andy Littler on

I got roped into the 2015 event and struggled round in 3:49 with a massive shock to my system. This year I trained for it a bit more and covered several of the main hills beforehand and was rewarded with a much improved 3:18. After initially saying to myself 'never again' my devious mind and beedy eyes are now pondering a sub 3 hour 2017. I just won't inform my legs about this until race day.
Andy (145)

Posted by Anthony Jones on

Superb event for a special charity. So well organised and marshalled. People pushing you on at each point.
I have done a few charity rides and none are as challenging, friendly and well ran as Lagans.
Will definitely be there again in 2017.

Posted by Kelvin Hibbard on

I had a fantastic day. Very well organised and great attention to detail (signage and marshalling). A very nice introduction to cycling events for me and hope to be back next year (with a proper road bike!). A real pleasure to support such a great Charity.

Posted by Brendan Dawson on

A big thank you to all involved. Its the first time I have entered an event and felt really looked after due to the effort and support put in by the organisers and team.
Really good (very challenging) route and worth every ounce of pain to try and help make a difference to those who need our support.
Thank you to you all!

Posted by Alan hughes on

I do about 5 Sportive a year, mostly through organised rides attached to long standing cycling clubs. I can honestly say that the organisation on this ride is the best of all of them. Done it twice now and I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone......just make sure you do plenty of training on hills! See you next year.

Posted by Gareth Balshaw on

Winner of the 2016 Cycle Challenge (2hrs 13mins) 
At the briefing we were all told how difficult this route was but to remember (when in pain climbing those hills) all the young children in the world that suffer when simply eating. Cont...


Road Only Route

8.00 - 8.45am Registration

8.45 - 8.55am Pre event safety talk 

9.00am Start 


Provisional Start / Finish - Rivington and Blackrod High School BL6 7RU  TBC


New Route Map: 


*Routes are subject to small changes


This stuck in my head for the full ride which really helped me push through to give a new record for this cycle challenge, beating my fathers time from 2015 of 2 hrs 30 mins. I will take part again in 2017 and hope to break the 2 hr mark! I would like to thank everyone involved on the day and hope to see you next year :-)
All the best regards Gareth



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