The John ‘Tommo’ Thompson Ride Preview


Posted Tuesday 30th July 2013 –

This year’s John ‘Tommo’ Thompson memorial ride is just one of sixty different cycling rides and cycling related activities that will form the Peak District Cycling Festival, a week long festival running from the 7th to the 15th September 2013 celebrating the joy of cycling in the beautiful Peak District.

Now, in its second year, the ‘Tommo’ starts and finishes from the picturesque Carsington Water and takes riders into the beautiful hilly countryside of the White Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands. The route sticks primarily to ‘traffic free’ small lanes allowing you to take in the breath-taking countryside and concentrate on the task of climbing the tough Peak District climbs.


The challenging 125km long route with 2,500 metres of ascent is designed to test the seasoned sportive rider but if you don’t feel up to the full distance there will also be the choice of a 76km intermediate route that cuts the climbing down to 1,400 metres or a 45km route designed for sportive newcomers

The route takes in two climbs frequently used on the Tour of Britain, Ramshorn and the legendary Cat 1 ascent of Gun Hill. The climbing does not stop there, with plenty of other tough climbs including Flash, Crowdecote, Stanton on the Peak, Riber Castle and Cromford Hill to name just a few. Both the Long and Medium routes do provide quite a sting in the tale so make sure you save something in your legs for the tough final 10-20km.

Entry is £25 for the full route, £20 for the intermediate or £15 for the short and includes electronic Sport iDent timing, instant printed post event time sheet, fully stocked feed stations, finishers certificate and post event refreshments.

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