Brathay 262

The Brathay 262 is an ultra distance cycling event that involves 10 laps of Windermere, England's largest lake, in 24 hours.

Brathay 262 was the brain child of Paul Sutherland (pictured during the event, right). He ran the Brathay 10in10 in 2015, raising over £3000 to help vulnerable children and young people. Paul said “There’s a massive interest in top end cycling events that are technically challenging and take place in stunning settings. A circuit around Windermere ticks all these boxes. Over 10 laps the total ascent is 19,500 feet, the equivalent to cycling up Mount Kilimanjaro, and the distance travelled is 262 miles, equal to a journey from London to Kendal."

Entries to the Brathay 262 are £125 including all meals and accommodation for the duration of the event. Participants also make a commitment to raise £500 in support of Brathay Trust. Places are limited on this event so we are unfortunately unable to guarantee every applicant a place.

Standard Entry: £125

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Brathay 262 Club Members

Take a look at the PDF below for our current list of Brathay 262 club members.

Download the 262 Club Members June 2018 PDF

Getting to the event

Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HP

Brathay Hall is the event centre for the ASICS Windermere Marathon, Brathay 10in10, Brathay Cycling sportives and Brathay Rowing events. It is set in beautiful scenery at the centre of the Lake District on the shore of Windermere, England's largest lake.

Brathay is 1.2 miles from Ambleside, a bustling market town providing everything a visitor could want from numerous shops for outdoor enthusiasts, to local hospitality provided by many restaurants, cafes and bars.

Travelling by car

With easy access from the M6 (J36 from the South - 28 miles, J40 from the North - 29 miles) A591 to Ambleside, follow the A593 and B5286 for 1.2 miles.

Travelling by train

There are excellent rail connections to Windermere station (via Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline) which is only 5 miles from Brathay. Bus and taxi services are available at Windermere station.

Brathay 262 Club Members

Take a look at the PDF below for our current list of Brathay 262 club members.

Download the 262 Club Members June 2018 PDF

Getting to the event

Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HP

Brathay Hall is the event centre for the ASICS Windermere Marathon, Brathay 10in10, Brathay Cycling sportives and Brathay Rowing events. It is set in beautiful scenery at the centre of the Lake District on the shore of Windermere, England's largest lake.

Brathay is 1.2 miles from Ambleside, a bustling market town providing everything a visitor could want from numerous shops for outdoor enthusiasts, to local hospitality provided by many restaurants, cafes and bars.

Travelling by car

With easy access from the M6 (J36 from the South - 28 miles, J40 from the North - 29 miles) A591 to Ambleside, follow the A593 and B5286 for 1.2 miles.

Travelling by train

There are excellent rail connections to Windermere station (via Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline) which is only 5 miles from Brathay. Bus and taxi services are available at Windermere station.

Key Facts

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Badger spectating

134
Hours of cycling across the 2018 team

1,950
Accent per lap in feet

13,000
Calories burnt per rider

Route

A 26.2 mile anti-clockwise circuit of Windermere, taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside along the way. Ride and repeat again...and again...and again...until 10 laps and 262 miles have been covered!

The course is a mix of quiet B class roads, with plenty of twists, turns and hills, and wider A class roads with more traffic. Dedicated cycle paths and lanes occur on some of the route up the east side of the lake.

There are breathtaking views of the Lake Distict fells and woodland all round.

Download Route GPX File

Brathay Hall

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Each lap starts and finishes at the entrance to Brathay Hall on the B5286. Riders will pass through the event centre on each lap. This makes it a great spot for a little bit of support and encouragement as riders pull in for food, drinks and bike maintenance. When the miles really start to tell some riders might take longer breaks and even snatch a few minutes sleep!

The event team will be based here and will have the latest leader positions as the event progresses and live updates from the course.

Hawkshead Village

Hawkshead

Hawkshead is a truly historic and wonderfully picturesque village characterised by its cluster of whitewashed houses, archways and alleyways, courtyards and squares. Brathay 262 skirts the pedestrianised centre of the village sticking to the roads and spectators can support the riders while enjoying the hospitality of the village’s cafes, shops and pubs.

Devil's Gallop

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Whilst not the biggest climb a cyclist has ever done it certainly will begin to take its toll after 200+ miles. Each lap of the lake includes 1,400ft (430m) of ascent. This does of course mean that there is also 1,400ft of downhill! Mile 7 sees riders experiencing the longest ascent of the course – known locally as ‘The Devil’s Gallop’. The section of the course involves a steady climb of 200ft over a half mile (15%) – with the welcome respite of a gentle downhill to follow.

As the laps start to accumulate this will be a point on the course that many riders fear, and where some added support and encouragement will be appreciated.

Newby Bridge

Newby Bridge

Newby Bridge, while not quite half way round each lap, feels like a significant milestone on the course. This is where riders cross the River Leven as it flows out of Windermere, follow the A590 for a short distance, and then start the journey back up the east side of the lake.

The Swan Hotel provides the ideal location for spectators to cheer riders past the river side terrace. And if they’re lucky, riders might also glimpse one of the steam trains on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

Bowness-on-Windermere

Bowness

Bowness-on-Windermere is the Lake District’s most popular destination and is about halfway along the east shore of Windermere. It is a thriving tourist centre for much of the year, being the nearest accessible point on the lake from the railway station at Windermere. This is where riders will be carried along by the support of the crowds who come out to enjoy the atmosphere set against the stunning scenery. There is a ferry just south of Bowness taking cars, cyclists and foot passengers across the width of the lake to Sawrey and Hawkshead, giving spectators the opportunity support the race at Hawkshead and Bowness.

Low Wood Bay

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Set on the A591 this lake front marina and hotel is 2 miles from Ambleside. At this point riders emerge from a tree lined section of the course to be rewarded with views over the lake to the Langdale Pikes. More significantly they will get a glimpse of Brathay Hall across the lake and the end of another lap of Windermere will be within touching distance!

Results

Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the Brathay 262. You can view the full results below.

News

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A solo 262

Congratulations to Jim Bertram on completing his solo Brathay 262.

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The 3rd Brathay 262

Congratulations to all of the riders who took part.

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The Winners

Did you win something in the Brathay Challenges 12 Days of Christmas?

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10 laps around Windermere in 24 hours

One of the UK's toughest cycling challenges.

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New record set for 24-hour cycling challenge

Welsh TT Champion, Dean Ware, has set a new record at the Brathay 262.

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Sponsors

A special thank you to all our sponsors and partners. Without your support we wouldn't be able to make the Brathay 262 the successful event that it is.

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Training

When planning your training program you need to decide: Are you completing, competing or conquering? It's important to be realistic - set an impossible aim and you’ll soon lose motivation.

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