16/11/2012: Le Terrier 2013 is now open for entries. Click on the links below to enter online. Exciting changes to the longer routes but still the same friendly sportive on great roads with plenty of bite. 
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These routes took 2 years in planning. All 3 routes are similar to previous years with the exception, that we have taken the "easy" bits out and replaced them with real Terrier terain! The distances and heights gained are similar to previous years. Please do not be fooled by this.

All 3 routes will take in Jubilee Tower and the Trough of Bowland with a split at Dunsop Bridge.

The Short route will then go straight through to the feed station at Slaidburn.

The Long and Medium routes will turn up over Wild Boar Fell to Chipping to then join last years route for the climbs of Jeffery Hill and Waddington Fell and on to the feed station at Slaidburn.

The long route will then go over Bowland Knots in the opposite direction to last year and do a big loop back to Slaidburn.

From there all three routes make there way over Cross of Greet and on to Wray.

Those of you wanting more take the road up Roeburndale, Littledale and Stock-a-bank to the finish at Lancaster, for an easier option there is an escape route down the Lune Valley to Lancaster.

As usual we will be using the Youth Hostel in Slaidburn as our main feed station for all 3 routes. We will also providing our individually baked and wrapped flapjack for other feed stations.

I believe these routes to be the hardest sportive in the UK. We could have added extra miles for the sake of it, but we have kept with our ethos - NO JUNK MILES! Le terrier is aquiring a minor cult status, a well run sportive by a friendly cycling club in probably the quietest area of England with superb scenery and views.

 All profits from the ride go to charity.


Great reviews and praise for the 2011 Le Terrier.

Read the "CYCLING WEEKLY" report on the 2011 event.

What cyclosport.org thinks of the Le Terrier.

"Like an English Bull Terrier, this ride is compact, bold, strong, agressive and has real bite."

"The rural roads, or aptly named "Quiet Roads" are truely unique. I cannot think of any roads anywhere else that I've ridden that are so quiet in England?"

"I would definately recommend this event to everyone. The Forest of Bowland is a spectacular place and a hidden gem for cyclists. Take my advice, ride it and see for yourself."

Read the full report here.


Cycling Weekly report on the 2009 Le Terrier