A 100 mile cycling event - 4 laps of England's largest lake!

A new 100-mile road cycling event in conjunction with the epic Brathay 262. The course is 4 laps of Windermere, riding through stunning Lake District scenery. Fantastic support and hospitality at Brathay Hall will make 100 miles a joy to ride!

Entries open on 20th December 2021.

Standard Entry: £75

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Getting to the event

Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HP

Brathay Hall is the event centre for the Brathay Century and Brathay 262 cycling challenge 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.

Where to stay

Accommodation at Brathay Hall, in Ambleside, Hawkshead village and the surrounding area.

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Getting to the event

Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HP

Brathay Hall is the event centre for the Brathay Century and Brathay 262 cycling challenge 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.

Where to stay

Accommodation at Brathay Hall, in Ambleside, Hawkshead village and the surrounding area.

Download the Where To Stay PDF

Key Facts

4
Laps of England's largest lake

4
Pizzas per rider!

100
Miles of amazing scenery

1,950
Feet of ascent per lap

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 some support and encouragement as riders pull in for food, drinks and bike maintenance.

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 Century 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 3 laps! Mile 7 sees riders experiencing the longest ascent of the course – known locally as ‘The Devil’s Gallop’. This section of the course involves a steady climb of 200ft over half a mile (15%) – with the welcome respite of a gentle downhill to follow.

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 riverside 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!

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Entry fee includes support on the course and at the event centre....with as much food as you can eat!

Participants must be aged 18 or over on the day of the event to take part.

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Results

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

Results

News

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SOCIALLY DISTANT BRATHAY 262 HELD IN CHALLENGING CONDITIONS

A return to Brathay Challenge events with the postponed Brathay 262 cycling event taking place in September

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BRATHAY 262 TRAINING EVENT – 7 MARCH 2020

On Saturday, for the first time, we introduced a training day to prepare and support riders taking on the Brathay 262 endurance cycling event in June.

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IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN – BARROW’S SONJA FARISH AND HER HALF CENTURY CHALLENGE

A community champion and sporting hero is celebrating her 50th birthday with a trio of fundraising challenges for us this summer.

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Endurance cycling event success at Brathay

At dawn on Saturday, 7 athletes set off to tackle the Brathay 262 cycling event.

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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.

Sponsors

A special thank you to all our sponsors and partners. Without your support we wouldn't be able to make the Brathay Century 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.

Other events

If you're looking for another cycling event - or maybe running around Windermere 10 times! We have other events which may better suit your goals. You may also prefer a rowing event.

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