Forest of Bowland Epic

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Forest of Bowland Epic
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Take on this challenging cycling event through Settle, featuring the famous Trough of Bowland climb. These sweeping climbs and descents are one of the UK’s best kept secrets, so come along to witness the breathtaking natural landscapes. This is certain to be an adventure you'll always remember.
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Sun 22nd May 2022
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Settle, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Settle BD24, UK
Start times
Sun 22nd May 2022
Medium Route:
7:30am |
Long Route:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Forest of Bowland Epic
Medium Route
1 Loop
Long Route
1 Loop
Route information
Medium Route
This 119k route features three main climbs, with riders gaining a total of elevation of 2343m.
Starting out from Settle we head straight into Lancashire and get the legs warmed up before the first named climb of the day – The Trough of Bowland. This stunning climb through the trough is a top 100 climb but all your efforts will be rewarded with the breathtaking views on offer.
Next, you'll take on Cross o Greets, a long climb into remote moorland before heading up back over the moors to face a a rare bit of flat road to take you home to Settle.
Long Route
This 100mile route features 6 main climbs, with riders looking to gain a total of around 3,500m of elevation.
The course begins in Settle with the punchy High Lane Hill, before rolling into Lancashire for the long Newton Fell.
The most famous climb is the Trough of Bowland before the rise to the Jubilee Tower with views over to the coast. After a relatively flat section by feed stop two in Wray, the route then heads over the mighty Cross O’ Greet before a quick descent to Slaidburn. From here, you'll head back across the moor and over Bowland Knotts before one final climb and a descent back into Settle.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Water and Aid stations
  • First Aid
  • Chip-timed results
  • Fully-marked course
  • Race Village
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
How to get there
Settle BD24, UK
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There will be free parking available on-site.
By Train
Settle train station is located in the town centre of Settle.
Event day logistics
07:30 - 10:00 Medium and Long routes start
14:30 100k cut-off point for Long Route
18:00 Race village closes
Start Times
Riders will start in groups of 6, you will be emailed a start time list where you can select a start time between 07:30 and 10:00. If you have signed up with a friend, make sure to request to start together.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Cut-off Time
Riders for the Long Route must be through the 100k checkpoint by 2.30pm in order to continue on with the race.
Aid Stations
The aid stations are located every 30 to 40k and will be fully packed with fruit, cakes, water, and sports gels.
Race Village
At the race village, there will be coffee, cake, and lots of food trucks to try.
You will be provided with the route GPX file one week before the day of the event.
When will I have access to the GPX files for the Forest of Bowland Epic?
You will be emailed the GPX files one week before the event start date.
When does the Forest of Bowland Epic start?
The Forest of Bowland Epic starts from 7:30am. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and set up your bike. You will also be emailed by the organiser to confirm your start time with them as you will be setting off in groups of 6.
Is there parking available at the Forest of Bowland Epic event?
Yes, there will be plenty of free parking available on-site.
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