Sunday 7th July 2012
The Bowland Badass is a torturous 166-mile cloverleaf-shaped route that begins and ends in Garstang, dipping and diving up and down an almost seemingly endless succession of hills, all within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (including Pendle Forest). With over 18,500 feet (over 5500 metres) of ascent, this fiendish route criss-crosses some of the most scenic countryside that Lancashire has to offer in a relentless series of punishing climbs, the rare flat sections few and far between. Pushed up against yourself and your ability to endure, you suffer and smile, pedalling onwards into darkness. Can you do it? Of course you can, or you can certainly bust your guts trying……….
Originally envisaged as a club ride by some members of a local cycling club, the Badass was first completed in the summer of 2011 by nine foolhardy riders. It was such a blast that we decided to throw it open to a limited number of all comers on the 7th July 2012. For the cheap and cheerful cost of £10, you’ll get to become a Bowland Badass.
- 166 miles
- Waymarked route
- Manual timing
- Limited water and feed stops
The event is intended more as a self supported challenge ride than fully supported sportive.
Website entry – Yes (entry webpage)
- £10.00 per rider