No Excuses Cumbria Sportive


On the day entries will be accepted.

No Excuses Cumbria Sportive

Saturday 24th March 2018 - Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 4TS

Online booking for this event has now closed.

On the day entries will be accepted. Entry on the day is not discounted, as with our online prices, and will cost an additional £8. On the day prices are shown below. Payment can be made with cash or cheque. You can fill out an entry form when you arrive at the event. One entry form must be completed per person.

  • Epic
  • 81 miles
  • On the day price
  • £48
  • Standard
  • 55 miles
  • On the day price
  • £48
  • Under 16
  • Any route

  • £3

After many successful years raising money for various charities across the UK the No Excuses Series comes to Carlisle, Cumbria for 2018. Setting off from Carlisle Racecourse just to the south of Carlisle City Centre, we steer clear of the fells for this early season sportive and explore the flat flowing roads and some of the coastal routes of northern Cumbria.

First off, we take a westerly path crossing over the river Caldew and passing through the village of Dalston before pushing on to Kirkbampton to set us on the most direct route to our seaside destination. As soon as you reach the aforementioned village you will be rewarded on a clear day with views out over the Solway and across to Scotland. This fast-flowing road will keep the glorious views in sight for its duration and will carry you through to Abbeytown where the course will split sending Standard riders south-east away from the coast and towards Wigton. The Epic riders will continue on our coastal path to the wonderful Victorian seaside town of Silloth at which point you will have some fun negotiating the cobbles along the seafront, however, this will only be short lived as we soon head out of town for westerly sea views.

Now heading in a southerly direction, we head for the picturesque Allonby before shortly after taking an easterly steer toward Aspatria at which point we head North again to re-join the Standard riders in Abbeytown. Once all courses have converged all riders head east on the same path to Wigton at which point we take a small detour avoiding the centre of town. Keeping Warnell Fell to our right we head closer to home, after crossing the river Caldew for the final time we head north on the most direct route, with a final surprising climb through the small hamlet of Highbridge you will then be rewarded with long smooth stretch for the last few miles to help get your average back up before the finish line!

Everyone who enters either the £40 Epic or Standard routes and turns up on the day will receive a full refund after the event. For those who enter and don't turn up, that money gets donated to charity. If you do ride the event and would rather your entry fee go to a good cause, feel free to let us know.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed a "Half an Excuse" entry option as well. This price tier is for those who want to secure a place in this sell-out event, but are unsure if they will make it on the day. This entry fee will not be refunded regardless if you turn up on the day or not but at least it's only half the normal fee, so no shows won't lose out as much. Those who do turn up having entered the Half an Excuse routes get to ride an awesome event for half the price. Terms and conditions can be found below.

Ride hard, raise money, defeat dementia

Want to support our official charity partner while taking part in this ride? Click the following link to find out more and help make a difference. Alzheimer's Research UK

Fancy helping out at an event?

We always welcome volunteers at our events so if you fancy joining the crew for the day and helping out, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to ride for free. If this particular event is fully staffed, you can always put your name down for another event. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer at a Cycling Event page, along with the link to the online application form.


This Event Includes:

  • Facilities and parking
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Rider public liability insurance
  • Feed Stops
  • Energy food and drink
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Web results service
  • Online certificates
  • Finisher gift
  • Finisher medal
  • On site catering
  • Pick-up wagons
  • Bike wash facilities
  • Photos by SportivePhoto
  • Six Physio Massage@Events
  • Retail Opportunities

Route Info

Venue Opens:
7:45am - 8:50am
Start Times:
8:00am - 9:00am
Finish Time:
Route: Epic

Distance: 81 Miles   


Difficulty: 5/10
Route: Standard

Distance: 55 Miles   


Difficulty: 3/10

Key Information

No Excuses Terms and Conditions

No Excuses Epic and Standard - £40 ticket option

100% of entry will be refunded to riders who ride on the day within 28 days of the chosen event.
Transfer of entry to another event is not applicable.
Tickets are non-refundable if you do not turn up and ride. 90% of your entry fee will be donated to our official charity partner, Alzheimer's Research UK.

Half an Excuse Epic & Standard - £20 ticket option

100% of the entry fee will be retained by UKCE
Usual booking terms apply.
Non-refundable or transferable

*Under 16 admin fee

We want to encourage young riders to enjoy the pleasure of cycling. That's why all riders under 16 years old only have to pay a small fee to cover the entry process. All under 16 riders must be accompanied by a paying adult. Valid ID will be requested on the day.

On the day entry

On the day entries are available at all our events as long as the event has not sold out prior to the event day. On the day entries are subject to an additional £8.00 per person surcharge. Payment can be made with cash or cheque. You can fill out an entry form when you arrive at the event. One entry form must be completed per person. Wiggle Customers will not be able to receive any loyalty discounts on the day.

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Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on the Website. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.

Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.