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 166km/ 103 miles across the full breadth of Peaks taking in the Hope Valley, Edale, Chapel-en-le-Frith, The Goyt Valley/Cat & Fiddle, Macclesfield Forest, Axe Edge, Longnor 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 e.g 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 will not be allowed to enter.
Online entry opens on the 1st December – more information to follow
Start LocationLady Manners School Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1JA
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!
- Covered HQ
- Post event hot drinks & snacks
Registration opens at 7:00am
Start Times – Choose you start time when entering
There will be group starts of a maximum of 35 riders every 10 minutes – choose your allocated start time when entering.
Staggered group starts 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!!
Finish closes at 6:30pm
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 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.
SPORTident Event Timing
- Instant post event timing
- Ultra reliable
- Weather proof
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).
Distance: 166.5 km/ 103.5 miles
Climbs: 14 (4000m/13000 ft ascent)
Ballcross Woods, Longstone Edge, Cressbrook, Higger Tor, Bolehill Bradwell Moor, Mam Nick, Sittinglow, Hanging Rocks, Pym Chair, Goyt Valley – Cat & Fiddle, High Moor, Flash, Crowdecote
Additional Water-stations: 1
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.
Coline from Respice Photography will be on hand to capture you hard efforts.