Winking Sheep Sportive Sunday 25th August 2019

We have been busy rebranding the Roof of England Sportive, as we all believe it has what it takes to be up there with the most respected UK sportives.

A limited edition water bottle will be available on the day at £3 each, 2 for £5. Reserve yours now by contacting us.

The Winking Sheep Sportive is back for the 4th year on Sunday 25th August for your entertainment! Set in the glorious North Pennines, The Roof of England,  the event is an open road marshalled cycle sportive. The route traverses some of the magnificent scenery of the North Pennines and uses one or two of the local hills! .  With many climbs the route is a challenge to any rider. Come and pit yourself against the terrain. There are three feed stations around the full course. The Winking Sheep Sportive is a British Cycling Registered event. Entry to the sportive is via British Cycling but you do not need to be a BC member, just registered on their web site.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Will you choose the 55, 75 or 90 Mile course?

Our courses for 2019 are :-

The LambThe ShearlingThe Winking Sheep
Distance55mls / 90km75mls / 120km90mls / 1425km
Climb4720ft / 1439m 6970ft / 2125m8873ft / 2705m
StravaThe Lamb on Strava  The Shearling on Strava  The Winking Sheep on Strava

Entry before the event is £25 per rider. On the day it will be £30.

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For further information our email address is

There is a Strava club for this sportive. You can find it here

'The Winking Sheep' 90 mile course with nearly 9000ft ascent is difficult, and it's meant to be! After 75 miles of course, you'll be welcomed by the thigh burning 25% slope climb up Peat Hill from Westgate.

'The Shearling' 75 mile course is everything the full 90 mile course is, but without that nasty 'sting in the tail' climb.

'The Lamb' 55 mile course is the shortest of the 3 courses, but still a good challenge - see all the views without enduring all the hills!!

If you would like to get involved in other ways, like marshalling, or helping us promote the event - PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!