Inaugural Peak Epic promises the toughest Peak District sportive challenge

Inaugural Peak Epic promises the toughest Peak District sportive challenge


Billed by organizers as the “toughest Peak District sportive ever”, the Peak Epic makes its first appearance on the UK sportive calendar on 23 June 2013, with over 4000 metres of climbing over the Peak District’s renowned climbs.

The route weaves its 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 meters in just 162km (100 miles). The equivalent of 3 times up Ben Nevis!!

Route Options

Three routes:

  • Full Peak Epic - 162km 4000m ascent
  • Peak Epic Medium - 100km 2100m ascent
  • Mini Peak Epic - 60km 1200m ascent

Peak Epic Medium is a 100km version of the Peak Epic perfect for those not quite ready for the big one, but challenging enough. Finally we have the Mini Peak Epic a short 60km route ideal for those who are newer to Sportives.

When and where is it?

The inaugural Peak Epic will take place on Sunday June 23rd 2013 from the Bakewell Agricultural Centre. Facilities at the start/finish venue include:

  • Hard standing car parking
  • Undercover event HQ/registration area
  • Toilets/changing facilities
  • On-site cafe

Bakewell Agricultural Centre is a stones throw from the centre of Bakewell providing a wealth of cafes, restaurants and pubs all ready to re-fuel you post event. In addition there are plenty of shops, walks, a big park and a swimming pool in Bakewell for any family or non-riders.

Who’s behind it?

Oli Holmes of Endurance Fuel and Adrian Boyes of Dark & White Events. 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. Endurance Fuel- a Peak District based online shop catering for all the sports nutrition needs of an endurance athlete and enthusiast. Dark and White Events- are Peak District event organisers specialising in a wide variety of challenging events for runners, mountain bikers and road riders.


  • Full Peak Epic £25
  • Peak Epic Medium £20
  • Mini Peak Epic £15

‘Early Bird’ Discount Save 10% on price above if entering before 1/4/13.

Additional £3 charge for day entries.

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Entry includes:

  • Pre Event Guide (pdf) - made available 1 months before event
  • Electronic timing
  • Fully stocked Endurance Fuel sponsored feed stations
  • Instant printed post event time sheet
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificates for every official finisher
  • Spot Prizes - courtesy of Endurance Fuel and Dark & White
  • Post Event refreshments

For more information on the event visit the Peak Epic Website

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