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The Peak Epic is one of the UK’s most challenging road cycling events – a truly epic ride through the spectacular hills and dales of the Peak District National Park.

With over 4000 m / 13123 ft of climbing over 14 categorised climbs the Peak Epic is one for those of you who like their sportives hard….really hard! A suitable challenge for any Fred Whitton or Marmotte veteran.

The epic 170 km / 105 mile ride is principally held on quiet country lanes through the stunning Peakland scenery; the Peak Epic will take you over roads you never knew existed and away from the traffic-filled major routes. The terrain is hard – continuously up and down, twisting and turning, leading to low average speeds. The average finishing time is around 9 hours – thank god for modern gearing! The Peak Epic will most certainly challenge all those who dare to enter but you will be rewarded with some of the very best Peak District road cycling the National Park has to offer!

The whole route is fully signed and has en-route feed stations and checkpoints.

The ride starts and finishes at Lady Manners School in the beautiful Peak District market town of Bakewell.

The Peak Epic is a British Cycling registered sportive, run under BC rules and regulations.

Route information:

170 km / 105 miles

Ascent 4000 m / 13123 ft

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GPX files can be downloaded from

The event includes:

Fully signed route

3 checkpoints – 2 comprehensive feed stations held undercover plus a remote water station

En-route climb information boards

Colour route map including emergency numbers

Electronic timing – Sportident Si Timing for instant post-event rider times

Refreshments at the finish including hot drinks, cake and savoury snacks

Event photography

Finishing certificates – platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards based on your finishing time (separate times for men and women)

Venue facilities:

Hard standing parking

Undercover event registration and download

Toilets and changing areas

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Due to the strenuous nature of this event, providing past experience of similar endurance events is required for entry.

For more information please visit Dark & White Cycling