A challenging mountain biking marathon event starting & finishing in Buxton traversing the three counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire with a choice of two courses: a 62.3 km long route with 1697 m of climbing or a 42.7 km shorter route with 1225 m ascent. The biking terrain is predominantly high level/remote/moorland riding on a variety of tracks and trails with under tyre conditions ranging from easy/smooth to steep/rocky/challenging all in amongst quiet and scenic Peak District/Staffordshire Moorlands countryside – do not expect to see many other people out and about in this area in November!
Both routes promise some epic Peak District mountain bike riding via a mixture of designated rights of way linked together with short sections of road/lane in between. Please click here to see the 2016 full colour/detailed route map (REVISED 08/11)
The routes will be partially signed (particularly in ‘key’ places) using highly visible yellow & blue arrows but overall riders will need to self navigate using the course arrows in conjunction with the marked up and the full colour OS 1:50000 route map provided at registration. The use of GPS devices is allowed. GPX files of the final route will be made available to all pre-entrants approx a week before the event.
There will be a marshalled control/feed station on each course.
SPORTident electronic timing will be used and you will need to punch control points on your ride to register that you have completed the fixed route in full. Control point sites will be marked on your route map and identified on the ground by bright coloured tape on an obvious feature to which a timing box will be attached. “Dib” in the timing boxes at the start, finish, all controls visited and the download box at the end. You must use a SPORTident dibber to take part in this event, you may use your own dibber if you have one (please fill in its number when prompted when you enter) alternatively we will rent you one automatically.
Start LocationHarpur Hill Sports Centre (Team Derby Fitness Buxton)
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 3:00pm
Cut off time 12:15pm
At registration you will have to sign on, where you will be provided with a SPORTident ‘dibber’ (a small plastic tag about 2″ long with a timing chip in it which goes round your wrist) and a bagged colour OS route map. The detailed route map will include positions of any feed-stations, control points, public toilets and route split points as well as emergency numbers in case of problems. This is your own personal guide to the route. Please keep your map with you for the duration of the event.
- Roadworthy MTB/CX bike
- Hard shell helmets conforming to CE standards EN1078 (not caving, climbing or canoeing types)
- Watch (Mobile phone is adequate)
- First Aid Kit
- Fully Waterproof Jacket
- Full body cover, legs, gloves etc
- Appropriate MTB shoes (no canvas trainers)
- A fully charged mobile
- Solo 62 km £20
- Solo 43 km £15
- Team (pair) 62 km Route £38
- Team (pair) 43 km Route £28
- Si Dibber Hire £2.50 per person
If you have pre-entered and have your own dibber just turn up, check your dibber and BMBO numbers and sign in. No need to queue! No need to stand about. Get up later!
- Covered HQ
- Post event hot drinks & snacks
SPORTident Event Timing
- Instant post event timing
- Ultra reliable
- Weather proof
Route Options, Entries
Long – Solo £20/Pair £38
Distance: 62.3 km/ 38.8 miles
Climb: 1697 m/ 5564 ft ascent
Short – Solo £15/Pair £28
Distance: 42.7km/ 26.5 miles
Climb: 1225 m/ 4019 ft ascent
**You must be a BMBO Member and have an “MTB” number before you go through the entry process (it is free) – see the panel below and click the link**
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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