The toughest Peak District sportive is back for 2020. The Peak Epic is one of the UK’s most challenging road cycling events comparable in difficulty to the Fred Whitton.
The ride starts and finishes from Lady Manners School in the beautiful Peak District market town of Bakewell. The truly epic route ascends 4000m/ >13000ft in just 170 km/ 105 miles across the full breadth of Peaks taking in the Hope Valley, Edale, Chapel-en-le-Frith, The Goyt Valley/Cat & Fiddle, Macclesfield Forest, Flash, Crowdecote and finally Lathkill Dale.
The majority of the ride is held on narrow country lanes away from the traffic filled A and B roads. The terrain is relentless, continuously up and down, twisting and turning leading to low average speeds – the average finish time is around 9 hours. The Peak Epic is certainly not to be underestimated!
If you are looking for real challenge the Peak Epic might just be it!
The Peak Epic is a British Cycling registered sportive run under BC rules and regulations.
Past experience of similar challenging events is required for entry – those without sufficient experience may not be allowed to enter.
There is no shorter distance option for 2020 it is just the full route.
170 km / 105 miles
4000 m / 13123 ft
Average Finish Time
Please find all the relevant event information below, and please do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any queries. All the information below will be compiled into the event road book – which will be released one month before the event. Final details will be sent out via email to all competitors in the week prior to the event which will include additional event details not found below.
Standard Entry £35
Late Entry £40 (from 1/4/2020)
Entry Limit: 300
Entry Closes on the 23/05/20 or when the entry limit is reached
Lady Manners School
Post event hot drinks & snacks
The majority of parking is on onsite at the school, please park as directed by event marshals. Once the onsite parking is full please park sensibly on the streets nearby i.e. don’t block any residence drives.
Please car share wherever possible!
Opens at 7:00 am
Closes at 9:00 am
Please do not try and register more than 1 hour before your allocated start time.
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 and public toilets. 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.
*Timing Chips/Dibbers MUST be returned to the registration desk after you have been through the finish, if you don’t (a) you will not be classed as a finisher and (b) you will be invoiced for the cost of the dibber (approx £30).
There will be group starts of a maximum of 35 riders every 10 minutes – choose your allocated start time when entering.
7:30 am – 9:10 am
Choose your start window wisely if you need to 11 hours to complete the event make sure you select 7:30 start!!
Before each start window there will be a short 2 min briefing about the event – it is compulsory and you must ensure you are at the start 5 mins before your start time.
Cut Off Times / Finish Time
Hope feed station – 72.5 km – 1 pm
Derbyshire Bridge water station – 117.1 km – 3:30 pm
Flash feed station – 140.3 km – 5:00 pm
Finish Closes – 6:30 pm
The cut off times are strictly enforced and you will not be allowed to continue if you do not leave the feed/water station by that time.
Roadbike – must be roadworthy and in good working order.
Front & rear lights – required only in bad weather / poor visibility (strongly recommend at all times)
Helmet – hard shell helmets conforming to CE standard EN1078 (not caving, climbing or canoeing types)
Fully Charged Mobile phone
Money (in case you get stranded somewhere!)
Form of ID
Spare inner tubes – minimum of 2
Road pump – capable of inflating to at least 100 psi (CO2 canisters do not count)
Multitool – including a chain tool
Water bottles – 2 x 750 ml (or larger) full water bottles
Sufficient food to last 4 hours worth of riding – feed stations are not to be solely relied upon
Event map – emergency contact numbers will be printed on the back of the map
Event officials will disqualify / prevent from continuing anyone who in their opinion does not meet the above compulsory equipment criteria.
*The requirement to carry a waterproof jacket may be relaxed in the event of warm weather but at all other times it is required.
The PEAK EPIC route will be signed with distinctive blue arrows on a yellow background attached to lampposts/signposts/telegraph poles.
The route will be well signed however on long sections of unbroken road where the route is obviously straight on then it won’t be signed – just keep going straight! At difficult junctions where navigation isn’t easy we will put out confirmation arrows after the junctions.
If at any point you are unsure as to your location or think you may have gone off route please refer to the map provided. Do not continue on hoping to re-find the route, the Peak District is very easy to get lost in!
Care signs will be placed at the side of the road before dangerous junctions/descents – please adhere to them – they are there for your safety! Some of the descents are steep please take care and remember it is not a race!
Please respect all other road users at all times!
Code of Conduct
By entering this event you are agree to the following code of conduct – anyone seen to be breaking any of these will be EXCLUDED from the event plus all future events and in serious cases a full report will be sent to British Cycling.
Non Competitive Event – NO RACING
This is a non competitive event on open public roads and you must observe the highway code at all times and you are forbidden from racing. If you want to race this event is not for you please enter a road race or a time trial. We take this extremely seriously and anyone who is seen to be racing or not obeying the rules of the road will be excluded.
No Urinating in public
Do not use the side of the road as a toilet – please use the marked public toilets on the map – there are toilets at all the feed stations.
No Rude and Abusive Behaviour
You must be polite and respectful to all road users (cars, horses, bikes, pedestrians), event staff and marshals and any other member of the general public. This includes riding in control manner and being able to slow down if confronted with rambles, horses, farmers etc in the road. You have no more right than they do to be on the road so please be respectful. This also includes being loud and swearing as you pass through villages – something that is regularly complained about by locals ref. cycle events.
No Short cuts
If you aren’t interested in sticking to the route and completing the challenge please do not enter. If you are seen to taking a short cut you will not be classified as a finisher.
We organise our events because we want to showcase the fantastic yet challenging riding the Peak District has to offer and we want them to be friendly, enjoyable rides for everybody involved.
Please help us clamp down on anyone breaking the codes of conduct by reporting any incidents of poor behaviour to any of the event marshals or officials.
The Peak Epic is held principally on small steep lanes – whilst relatively traffic free they are narrow often with a rough road surface and require caution from all riders to descend safely and courteously. All riders must be ready and able to stop at any point as there may be livestock, walkers, horse riders, cyclists or cars on the roads. We will ensure that adequate caution/care signs are placed to warn you but riders must take care when descending at all times.
Please show respect to all riders and all other road users – the event roads are open to all traffic. Whilst riding on the smaller lanes or where traffic is busy please ride in single file. Please also be particularly careful of horses & riders and warn them of your approach and then pass quietly and carefully.
Sir William Hill
Relatively wide but very fast descent. Can be busy with traffic. Narrows towards bottom.
North Lees Estate
Very narrow and steep. CAUTION! Two cattle grids: one at the top & one towards the bottom after a blind right hander. If wet descend with extra care as water flows down the road.
Extra care needed at the bottom of the descent. Fast straight descent that finishes with a T-junction on to the A6013.
Bradwell Moor – Castleton
Top section relatively wide, good road surface but open to crosswinds. Narrows and steepens half way down with blind corners often with some gravel on the road. Riders must be prepared and be able to stop.
Hanging Rocks – Whaley Bridge
Narrow road – relatively good visibility but bumpy road surface, used daily by farm traffic so road surface almost always has mud and gravel on to it.
Pym Chair – Errwood Reservoir
Fast, quite steep descent with a few bumps. Riders need to show extreme caution in the wet for the two right handers towards bottom.
Drop down through Macclesfield Forest
Steep section at the top with overhanging trees makes road surface greasy. Can be busy with visitors to the forest, riders should expect to come across traffic and other road users. Beware of a few pot holes.
High Moor switch backs (nr. Wildboarclough)
Steep tight S bends. Riders need to approach the descent slowly and be prepared to stop as bends are blind. Road surface rough in places expect gravel & mud in wet conditions.
Final drop into Lathkill Dale
Fast descent that steepens and narrows as you descend into Lathkill. Take care and expect to come across oncoming traffic. Road surface is relatively good.
This event is a challenge ride not a race – it is you against the relentless terrain of the Peak District – for 2020 we have put more emphasis on self sufficiency and you are required to carry adequate food and drink along with tools required to fix normal everyday mechanicals such as broken chains, slipping gears and punctures.
In the event of a major mechanical there is an emergency support vehicle available. If you do have any major problems please contact HQ (emergency numbers are on the reverse of the map handed out at registration).
Please be warned that it may take some time for the emergency support vehicle to reach you. NB – any medical emergencies will always take priority over mechanical issues. You may wish to arrange your own lift back to event HQ either by friends / family or a taxi – that is fine just please check in at the event HQ once you return as you must let us know you are safe and hand in your timing chip.
Previous Challenging Event Experience
The Peak Epic is a serious challenge and not one to be underestimated – that is why we require you to provide information of similar distance / difficulty events that you have undertaken in the past 2 years. Please contact us if you have any queries about this
Feed Stations / Water Station
Feed Station – Hope Sports Club – Inside/Undercover
72.5 km / 45 miles – Toilets – 1 pm cut off
Savoury food and snacks, fruit, biscuits, OTE sports nutrition (gels, flapjacks, energy drink), cake, water & squash.
Water / Energy Drink Station – Derbyshire Bridge – Remote
117.1 km / 72.7 miles – 3:30 pm cut off
Water top up point including OTE Energy Drink and Squash – No food supplies.
Feed Station – Flash Memorial Hall – Inside/Undercover
140.3 km / 87 miles – Toilets – 5:00 pm cut off
Savoury food and snacks, fruit, biscuits, OTE sports nutrition (gels, flapjacks, energy drink), cake, water, squash and hot drinks.
FEED-STATION SUPPLIES ARE NOT UNLIMITED i.e. they are not all you can eat buffets! All efforts have been made to provide all riders with sufficient sustenance to get you around the routes however stock cannot be guaranteed. Please take responsibly and consider your fellow riders who have yet to visit the feed-stations.
Please note that feed station supplies are not suitable for allergen suffers.
PLATINUM – Sub 7hr GOLD – Sub 8hr SILVER – Sub 9hr BRONZE – 9hr+
PLATINUM – Sub 8hr GOLD – Sub 9hr SILVER – Sub 10hr BRONZE – 10hr+
All finishers will receive a PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE finishing certificate. We also believe women should have separate timing awards to make gold certificates more achievable.
At the finish
Dib in the control box at the finish point to stop the clock on your ride then make your way back to HQ (registration). Return you dibber, download your time and receive your finishing certificate.
Now it is time to relax, chat and reminisce with a cuppa
Post ride refreshments
Tea, Coffee, Squash, Water, Savoury Snacks, Crisps, Cake & Biscuits