Posted Wednesday 26th December 2012 –
If you’re looking for a challenging ride next year then the inaugural Endurance Fuel Peak Epic may be just the ticket. Taking place on the 23rd June the 100 mile course is being billed as the toughest Peak District sportive ever. The event is the brainchild of Oli Holmes from Endurance Fuel, a Peak District based online shop catering for all the sports nutrition needs of a endurance athletes, and Adrian Boyes of Dark & White Events who specialise in a wide variety of challenging events for runners, mountain bikers and road riders.
Oli wanted to find the toughest 100 miles (162km) route the Peak District could offer. A route that had climbing figures more akin to a Tour de France mountain stage and to create a route tough enough to test the legs of those planning on riding the La Marmotte or the Etape du Tour or indeed an affordable alternative to the big Alpine sportives.
The route weaves it’s way across the length and breadth of the Peak District on small country lanes passing over 14 categorised climbs (over 20 actual climbs) including Longstone Edge, Higger Tor, the infamous Winnats Pass at Castleton plus the Cat and Fiddle nr Buxton. Once the riders reach the finish they will have ascended 4000 metres in just 162km (100 miles). The equivalent of 3 times up Ben Nevis!
If the full 162km route sounds a bit too much then there are also a couple of shorter options on offer, the 100km Peak Epic Medium is ideal if you’re not quite ready for the big one but still want a challenge or the 60km Mini Peak Epic is an ideal choice for those who are newer to sportives.
The event starts from Bakewell Agricultural Centre which is just a stones throw from the centre of Bakewell providing plenty of post event refreshment options and lots to see and do for non cyclists if you want to bring along the family and make a weekend of it.
Entry is now open, prices are £25 for the full distance and £20 or £15 for the two shorter options. There’s also a 10% early bird discount available for entries before the 1st April.
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