The 6th edition of the toughest Peak District sportive. The Peak Epic is one of the UK’s most challenging road cycling events. Comparable to the Fred Whitton and Dragon Ride.
The ride starts and finishes from Lady Manners School in the beautiful Peak District market town of Bakewell. The truly epic long route ascends 4000m/ >13000ft in just
166km/ 103 miles* 169km / 105 miles for 2017, 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 original long route is 166 km but due to a long term road closure the 2017 event was 169 km. If the road reopens in time for 2018 event we will revert back to the original route.
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 last year for the long route was 9 hours. The Peak Epic is certainly not to be underestimated!
At the foot of all the named climbs there will be climb boards depicting average and max gradient (%), climb length in (km), vertical ascent (m) these will be accompanied by climb summit signs at the top. However do not be fooled into thinking the only climbs on the route are the named ones. There are plenty of hidden “non climbs” scattered throughout.
In addition to the long route there is a Medium route – for full route details see the maps and profiles below.
The Peak Epic is a British Cycling registered sportive run under BC rules and regulations. Online Entry is through Si Entries please see below.
Start LocationLady Manners School Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1JA
Registration opens at 7:00am
Long: anytime between 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Med: anytime between 8:00 am – 9:30 am
We advise all long route riders to start before 8:30am to ensure they reach the cut off times!!
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, 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.
Early bird entry before January 1st 2018
- Long – £30
- Medium – £25
Standard entry after January 1st 2018
- Long – £33
- Medium – £28
Entry Limit: 400 competitors
Late/on the day entry costs additional £3 and subject to availability
- Covered HQ
- Post event hot drinks & snacks
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).
Route Options, Entries
Peak Epic Long £33 (save £3 by entering before January 1st 2018)
Distance: 169 km/ 105 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
Peak Epic Medium £28 (save £3 by entering before January 1st 2018)
Distance: 101.19km/ 62.9miles
Climbs: 7 (2177m/7142ft ascent)
Ballcross Woods, Longstone Edge, Cressbrook, Wormhill, Sittinglow, Pym Chair, Goyt Valley – Axe Edge
PLATINUM – Sub 7hr GOLD – Sub 8hr SILVER – Sub 9hr BRONZE – 9hr+
PLATINUM – Sub 8hr GOLD – Sub 9hr SILVER – Sub 10hr BRONZE – 10hr+
GOLD – Sub 4hr 30 SILVER – Sub 5hr 20 BRONZE – 5hr 20+
GOLD – Sub 5hr 15 SILVER – Sub 6hr 05 BRONZE – 6hr 05+
GOLD – Sub 3hr 00 SILVER – Sub 3hr 30 BRONZE – 3hr 30+
GOLD – Sub 3hr 30 SILVER – Sub 4hr BRONZE – 4hr+
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.
There is a PLATINUM award for any finisher of the long route to complete the course in 7hrs (men) 8hrs (women)
Please note timing awards have been adjusted for 2016
PLATINUM – 6hr 48 GOLD – 7hr 7 SILVER – 8hr 01 BRONZE – 9hr 01
GOLD – 4hr 12 SILVER – 4hr 43 BRONZE – 5hr 21
PLATINUM – N/A GOLD – N/A SILVER – 9hr 24 BRONZE – 10hr 16
GOLD – N/A SILVER – 5hr 30 BRONZE – 6hr 46
PLATINUM – 6hr 49 GOLD – 7hr 24 SILVER – 8hr 01 BRONZE – 9hr 05
GOLD – 4hr 15 SILVER – 4hr 32 BRONZE – 5hr 22
GOLD – 2hr 26 SILVER – 3hr 02 BRONZE – 4hr 02
PLATINUM – N/A GOLD – N/A SILVER – 9hr 39 BRONZE – 10hr 34
GOLD – 5hr 01 SILVER – N/A BRONZE – 6hr 14
GOLD – N/A SILVER – N/A BRONZE – 4hr 02
PLATINUM – N/A GOLD – 7hr 01 SILVER – 8hr 02 BRONZE – 9hr 01
GOLD – 4hr 24 SILVER – 4hr 33 BRONZE – 5hr 23
GOLD – 2hr 45 SILVER – 2hr 52 BRONZE – 3hr 20
PLATINUM – N/A GOLD – 8hr 43 SILVER – N/A BRONZE – 10hr 02
GOLD – N/A SILVER – N/A BRONZE – 6hr 09
GOLD – N/A SILVER – 3hr 30 BRONZE – 3hr 43
PLATINUM – 6hr 47 GOLD – 7hr 07 SILVER – 8hr 03 BRONZE – 9hr 00
GOLD – 3hr 54 SILVER – 4hr 38 BRONZE – 5hr 20
GOLD – 2hr 43 SILVER – 2hr 51 BRONZE – 3hr 21
GOLD – 7hr 13 SILVER – 8hr 01 BRONZE – 9hr 03
GOLD – 4hr 27 SILVER – 4hr 34 BRONZE – 5hr 22
GOLD – 2hr 47 SILVER – 3hr 04 BRONZE – 3hr 23
Chris Meads Photography will be on hand to capture you hard efforts.
Dark & White Cycling Newsletter
Keep bang up to date with all our events with our sportive newsletter.
All entrants will be automatically added to the list. You can easily remove yourself from the list by hitting the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.