“I just wanted to take the time to thank you and your fellow organisers on behalf of Mercia CC on today's sportive. I may have been the sole representative from my club but I thoroughly enjoyed my day. The route was fantastic and very well marked although I don't want to see another hill for a couple of days!!! Complements to the Chef for the welcome refreshments at the end and I look forward to putting myself through the same pain next year. Many thanks.” Lee Perry
Want to ride the best routes the Peak has to offer with epic scenery, cheery roadside support and delicious fresh food by our own chef?
Short Route only £10* Medium & Long Routes only £20**Plus 60p booking fee charged by British Cycling
Building on the success of previous years, all our Sportive routes for 2014 leave Beeston and very quickly take you out into quiet countryside. After some long gentle climbs, the routes split and take on their own nature, but you’re guaranteed to go home with a smile on your face and memories of a challenging ride that will last for the rest of the season whichever route you choose.
Notable climbs on offer are Bridle Lane with its distinct lack of contiguous tarmac, the never ending Hindersitch lane, and the final cruelty of Rowsley Bar, which you won't forget in a hurry!
The long route takes you through the rolling moorland of Carsington Pastures and high up into the Manifold Valley, where the real work begins. Vicious climbs follow steep descents through Butterton, Cheadle and the exceptional Elkstone climb – long, varied and eventually turning onto Morridge, visited regularly by the Tour of Britain to really test the legs. After climbing The Roaches you’ll pass through Flash, the highest village in England, where you’ll enjoy cruising along the high moorland before sweeping back down through Youlgreave, with yet more rewarding riding to follow.
On route, look out for our own riders in their distinctive blue kit, who will be happy to ride along with you for moral support and give you a tow when needed. And when you finally make it back to Beeston, you’ll be greeted with a fantastic cup of our legendary soup and homemade snacks to help you recover whilst you share the memories of the day. One of last years riders commented: “I cannot put down the list of superlatives for the way you and the team ran the event – other than simply a massive thank you to all. See you next year!”
Venue: Ilkeston Recreation Ground, Ilkeston Road, Stapleford, Beeston. NG9 8JL.
GPX files of all routes will be available nearer the time.
Easy Online Entry
You can sign up using our secure on-line booking service powered by British Cycling. Prices are £10* for the short route, and £20* for the medium and long routes. On-the-day entries (cash only) are subject to a £2 surcharge.*Plus 60p booking fee charged by British Cycling
Electronic Chip Timing
Fully signed courses
GPX files & maps
Car parking, Toilets & Feed stations
Our famous hot soup & good food at HQ
Support vehicle for the short route (tbc)