The Buxton Spa explores the south western fringes of the Peak National Park and visits the three counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.
Starting right in the centre of the historic Roman Spa town of Buxton, the long route of 136km (3006m of climb) initially heads up the Cat 3 Long Hill and into the Cheshire lanes then heads southwards across the moors towards Rudyard Lake before riding some superb minor roads and lanes to the east of Stoke-on-Trent; after an ascent of the Cat 1 Star Bank at Oakamoor (well known by Tour of Britain riders) there is plenty of challenging high level Staffordshire moorlands still to go at before a nice, easy descent back to the finish at Buxton.
The medium route (89km/2064m ascent) and the short route (55km/1083m) use parts of the long route but offer slightly easier riding options. For full route details see the ridewithgps links below.
For lots of information about what Buxton has to offer including entertainment, accommodation, shopping etc see Visit Buxton
- Hard standing parking
- Undercover event HQ
- Toilets/ changing facilities
- Hot drinks, juice, biscuits and flapjack/cake will be available at the finish
Start time between 8:00am – 9:30am
We advise all riders to start before 9:00am to ensure they reach the cut off times!!
Finish closes at 5:00pm
At registration you will have to sign on, where you will be provided with a SPORTident Card ‘dibber’ (a small plastic tag about 2″ long with a timing chip in it) and a detailed route map. The detailed route map will include positions of feed-stations/control-points, public toilets and route split points. This is your own personal guide to the route, the route will be clearly marked but if you are ever unsure of where you are please refer to your map. Please keep your map with you for the duration of the event.
136km / 85 miles
3006m / >9864ft of ascent
2 Feed stations
9 Categorised Climbs – including Long Hill, Star Bank, Elkstone, Axe Edge
89km / 55 miles
2064m / >6773ft of ascent
2 Feed stations
7 Categorised Climbs – including Long Hill, Thorncliffe Bank, Axe Edge
GOLD – Sub 6hr 00 SILVER – Sub 7hr 30 BRONZE – 7hr 30+
GOLD – Sub 6hr 45 SILVER – Sub 8hr 15 BRONZE – 8hr 15+
GOLD – Sub 4hr 15 SILVER – Sub 5hr 30 BRONZE – 5hr 30+
GOLD – Sub 4hr 45 SILVER – Sub 6hr 00 BRONZE – 6hr 00+
GOLD – Sub 2hr 45 SILVER – Sub 3hr 10 BRONZE – 3hr 10+
GOLD – Sub 3hr 00 SILVER – Sub 3hr 30 BRONZE – 3hr 30+
GOLD – 5hr 34 SILVER – 6hr 01 BRONZE – 7hr 31
GOLD – 3hr 47 SILVER – 4hr 19 BRONZE – 5hr 31
GOLD – 2hr 35 SILVER – 3hr 14 BRONZE – 3hr 36
All finishers will receive a GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE finishing certificate. We also believe women should have separate timing awards to make gold certificates more achievable.
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