Where does it fit into the Spring Forward Sportive?
Quarry Bank comes after 8 miles of the Spring Forward sportive route. Before you get there, apart from a little descent from the start, you’ll be climbing gently till you reach Croxden Abbey where the climb begins.
The climb itself gains 213ft in 1 mile, and to put that in context, that’s the same amount of climbing in 1 mile as you’ll have done in the entire ride up to that point!
As well as being the first major climb of the route, Quarry Bank is also the hardest and highest of the ride, taking you to the 670ft roof of the route!
Does that mean it’s all downhill from there?
Yes and no.
This is the high point of the route and you do get about 2 miles of descent from the top, but that’s followed by another 4ish miles of climbing before your next period of real respite, 5 miles of mostly descent that takes you most of the way to the feed at the Bank House in Hixon
What else do you need to know about Quarry Bank?
Well, as it’s a segment on Strava you can check out your time against the all time bests as well as seeing how you compare to the rest of the RideStaffs Strava Club members too if you’re part of that community.
At the time of writing this article:
- The overall KOM for the segment is 3m 27s
- The overall QOM for the segment is 4m 48s
- The quickest RideStaffs Strava club member time is by Jon Weavell (4m 39s)
- The fastest rider we can find from last years Spring Forward sportive is Alessandro Williams who romped up in 4m 16s