The Igloo Sportive is back for a 4th year with a brand new start venue from the beautiful village of Ashover situated midway between Chesterfield and Matlock. A new shorter, ‘punchier’ style route (but no less tough) provides a fresh road biking challenge in and around the eastern fringes of the Peak District National Park – the long route for 2016 is 82km/51miles in length but still with approximately 1706m/5,594ft of ascent whilst the short route option comes in at 44km/27miles with about 962m/3156ft of climb.
The long route initially heads north from Ashover towards Chesterfield then crosses Beeley Moor before a long southerly traverse via Matlock Moor and the Tour of Britain climb of Cromford Hill. After a feed station above Wirksworth the route continues south via Alport Heights and Shottle before passing through the village of Hazlewood with its rather nice houses; the route then heads back north towards Alderwasley. Crossing the A6 for the second time the road ascends again to historic Crich (National Tramway Museum) before returning to Ashover via Ogston Reservoir, keeping mainly to the high ground on quiet lanes.
The shorter 43k route uses the same roads as the long route but cuts out the most northerly and southerly sections.
As with all D&W sportives our aim is to provide a route very high on quality (scenery, beautiful villages, quiet lanes) and low on busy/dangerous/noisy main roads.
Igloo Cycles, Chesterfield will as always be providing technical on-event support.
A fully comprehensive pre-event road book will be published approx 2 months before the event – see here for details of last year’s edition as a guide to what to expect.
Start LocationAshover Parish Hall,
Registration opens at 7:30am
Start time between 8:00am – 9:30am
We advise all riders to start before 9:00am to ensure they reach the cut off time!!
Finish closes at 2:30pm
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.
- Long – £20
- Short – £15
- Covered HQ
- Toilets/ changing facilities
- Post event hot drinks & snacks
SPORTident Event Timing
- Instant post event timing
- Ultra reliable
- Weather proof
Route Options, Entries
Igloo Long £20
Distance: 82.5km/ 51.25miles
Climbs: 8 (1706m/5,594 ft ascent)
The Fabrick, Alton Hill, Loads Road, Cromford Hill, Alport Height, Hazelwood, Gorses, Crich
Igloo Short £15
Distance: 43.8km/ 27.2miles
Climbs: 4 (962m/3,156ft)
Butterley, Cromford Hill, Alport Height, Crich
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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