Rat Race Road Trip Stage 3
Stage 3 of Rat Race Road trip.
[as of 01/03/2013] From York, you will ride through the City Walls and into Old York, before departing to the North via the Vale of York, providing beautifully quiet and rural farm landscapes, with fast flat roads weaving throughout. As York Minster disappears from view on the horizon behind you, the Howardian Hills provide a bit of undulation which will warm the legs up for the distinctly less-than-flat miles up ahead. Although not mountainous, the undulating terrain of the Wear and Tyne valleys provide some testing riding. You approach the end of Stage 3 at Morpeth, just north of Newcastle. This is not the biggest mileage day but probably the toughest due to steep ascents so consider getting to the end of stage 3 a real milestone to completion of your Road Trip; you’re more than ¾ of the way to Edinburgh, you’ve done a fair few of the the ups-and-downs and you have nearly made the Scottish Border.by thunderthighs