A gravel epic in the north of the Peak District. This 110km loop starts & finishes in Hope and heads up into the Dark Peak, the most remote part of the region. The route has a lot of variety with sections over rugged moors, passed reservoirs, more technical riding in dense woodland and some punchy off road climbs.
DISTANCE: 110KM | ELEVATION: 2,500M
RIDE DIFFICULTY 5/5
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY 4.5/5
PERCENTAGE OF ROUTE OFF ROAD 60%
Terrain & Bike Choice: The route goes over all types of terrain including rough singletrack, smooth gravel, tarmac & bridleway. There are a couple of more remote technical sections. Experienced riders will be fine on a gravel bike but a mountain bike will be more comfortable on some of the rougher parts.
– Fast flowing gravel on by the reservoirs
– Sections of the Pennine Bridleway
– Escape the crowds on the more remote Northern / Dark Peaks
– Social drink at the finish village
Hope: 110km, 2500m
An epic 110km circuit in the northern Peak District. Starting in Hope, we head north up up to Snake Pass and onto the Pennine Bridleway before riding a top 100 road climb in Holme Moss.
After a thrilling descent, we are on the fast gravel tracks around Woodhead Reservoir before some wild singletrack on the way to the glorious Howden Reservoir. It’s downhill all the way on backroads and smooth gravel tracks before a beer & food back at base.
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: 5/5
WHAT TYPE OF BIKE SHOULD I RIDE?
With a couple of wild, remote sections, a hardtail mountain bike is the most comfortable option but experienced riders will be fine on a gravel bike (40mm tyres).
HOW DO I FIND OUT MY START TIME?
We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
WHERE IS THE START / FINISH?
The ride starts and finishes in Hope. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A MECHANICAL / ACCIDENT?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
WHAT SHALL I PACK WITH ME FOR THE RIDE?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
WHEN WILL I GET MY GPX FILE
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.
GPX sent to you a week before the ride with a full route description & packing list.
We have feed stops approx every 30kms with fruit, cakes, coke, water, hydration tabs & tasty ride nutrition from the experts at Outdoor Provisions.
FULLY MARKED ROUTE & TIMING CHIPS
Focus just the stunning views & thrilling ride. The route is marked out all the way & you can check your time for the route at the end.
RACE VILLAGE AT THE FINISH
After an epic ride, grab a pint, coffee or cake at the end. Free parking for the day, toilets & bike wash also included in your entry.
BIKE RENTAL & MECHANICS AVAILABLE
New to gravel riding? Hire a Pearson Off Grid gravel bike for the day. We also have mechanics on site to support with any issues before & during the ride.
Hope, Peak District National Park, Hope Valley, UK, S33 6RU
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