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Cycling Events and Challenges in North West England
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 151 reviews
 by Stewart
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

I just want to say a huge thanks to you/your team for organising the ride. It was a great experience. It’s probably one of the most enjoyable routes I’ve ever done in the U.K.

Everything was well organised, safe and challenging too!

Briefing, Signage and feed station were fabulous. A no fuss event and great volunteers.

All being well I will at next years event, we’ll done to all involved.

 by Steve
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Fabulous route and the weather was kind. Thank you to Chris and all the helpers who were so friendly. And I must mention that the signage was top notch. 🚲

 by Chloe
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Thank you for a great event on Sunday. I really enjoyed it! Great route and extremely well organised and signed! Everyone was really friendly and the info sent out was great.

I took part on my own so I rode at a fast pace for me and was really pleased with my time. I only stopped briefly at Staverley to get water.

I’m vegan so didn't expect much for me to eat there but it was nice to see there were a few things I could have eaten - I only had a banana as I thought I’d get indigestion!  I must have had my head down and completely missed the second food station but it didn't matter as I wasn't planning to stop anyway.

Loved my medal and I like that you have them as an option extra.

It was great that you had food for everyone at the end, though I could only eat crisps. A vegan option sandwich or something would have been lovely but I never expect to get anything and brought my own food with me so it didn't really matter. My partner enjoyed the muffin in the goody bag!

Thanks again and I hope to do more of your events in the future




So glad you enjoyed your ride Chloe 🙂
We are veggie / vegan so are happy to provide as much veggie / vegan snacks as possible ( we only had tuna and chicken sandwiches @ finish coz cash and carry failed to deliver enough cheese and onion / egg ones day before the event!!)

Some of the flap jacks - High 5 energy bars - ready salted crisps - bananas - malt loaves - are vegan but we struggle with sandwiches available to us and welcome any suggestions of what else we can provide

Hope we ll cu again next season

 by Tom
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Great ride Sunday, really enjoyed it 👍

 by David
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Had a great time and really well organised. Even had time for a ice cream at Arnside house gift shop 😋

 by Adrian
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Thanks. Says a huge amount about the route and company that it didn't feel anything like 5 hours in the saddle 👍

 by John
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Thank you Chris and the Top Dog team. We had a great time at the Sportive today.

 by James
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Thanks for today's well organised event and more importantly a great course.

 by Violet (80 years old)
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Another superb day even though I managed to get lost the last 6 miles from the finish. Although well signed I don’t know how I still managed to go off route.
God willing I will be fit and well to take part in Top Dogs great events in 2022.

 by Paddy
Event Name : The Boxer 2021

Just wanted to say thanks for organising such a great event on sunday. It was my first proper sportive and loved every moment of it. The weather was great until that headwind that just sapped your energy!

I think that the ride was really well organised and thankyou for the GPX a few days before, made a real difference to my prep.

Thanks again for organising such a good event, the best day on the bike so far.

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Gus – 2019 Forest of Bowland Sportive

Tired legs tbh, rode the whole route solo after the 5th mile and after Dunsop that headwind was a b#$@*&d. Enjoyed every minute tho, well done everyone 🚴‍♀️👏👍

Mike – 2019 Forest of Bowland Sportive

Great testing route with strong winds,big thanks and well done to all at Top Dog for a first class sportive,see you all for Lake District Loop.

Ian – 2019 Forest of Bowland Sportive

Tired legs this morning had to work that little bit harder in the strong wind, Cracking route with some nice tough climbs and very well organised 👍

Simon – 2019 Forest of Bowland Sportive

What an epic route, absolutely brilliant but brutal! Excellent signs and support, THANK-YOU!

Eamon – 2019 Forest of Bowland Sportive

Great event and route today- enjoyed the use of the leisure centre too. Thanks👍

Richard – 2019 Forest of Bowland Sportive

Hi, Just to say thank you for today, my first event with you but not my last, the route was well marked out with easy to see arrows, the ride itself enjoyable and the venue easily accessible, and last but not least, all people that I spoke to were pleasant and enthusiastic,

Chris – 2019 Lake District 108

The most beautiful scenery you’ll ever experience on a sportive in England and friendly and well organised too. I’ve booked them all for 2019

Lindsay – 2019 Lake District 108

Just finished the Lakeland 100 and I must say it’s a great event. Thanks to Top Dog for excellent signage, wonderful friendly staff and helpers, fantastic route, great weather and a very well resourced base. I can fully recommend this event and the folks at “top dog”. I’ll be back next year and I hope the event grows as it deserves it.

Mark – 2019 Yorkshire Dales Sportive

Thank you to all the team @ top dog the Yorkshire dales sportive today was awesome with amazing views 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️

Chris – 2019 Yorkshire Dales Sportive

Fantastic day on the bike at the Yorkshire Dales sportive yesterday, thanks Top Dog for putting it on. Spectacular route through some stunning scenery with some tough climbs and speedy descents 👍 Well organised, easy to follow well marked route, even the public toilets on route were sign posted😁 Feed stations on route to to up drinks bottles and get some fuel back into the muscles, thanks for the maltesers and mars bars🤣🤣 Really looking forward to your next one in a couple of months and I highly recommend it to any cyclist in the North West