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Midland Monster

£10.00 - £35.00Free injury protection
Event summary

This wonderful set of Sportives explores the incredible scenery of the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire countryside. With multiple distances on offer and a family mountain bike course, there is something for everyone. So come along to take on the challenge in stunning surroundings.

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Tickets available until Sat Sep 11 2021

What's included:

  • Well marked and marshalled route
  • Water and food stations
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
  • Mechanical assistance
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Frequently asked questions
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How can I enter the Midland, Mezzo or Mini Monster?
The cost for all of the Monster Sportives is £35, and all are available for entry, just select the Mega Monster and choose which route you'd like to do.… read more
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What level of fitness do I need to be to take part?
There is a variety of distances available so a wide range of abilities and fitness can take part.… read more
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Will there be mechanical support?
Yes there will be basic mechanical assistance from the motorbike marshals and at the feed stations.… read more
Route description
Route description

This event has a brilliant variety of routes allowing a wide variety of individuals to take part and find something that is right for them. All the routes will take in wonderful scenery and brilliant roads as you explore the incredible countryside of the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire countryside.

Riding a Sportive is a great experience for any keen cyclist because you don't have to worry about researching the area or planning your route as that has been done for you. You can take on exciting roads in a new area, either with friends or with people you meet on the day. And it is important to remember that this is not a race!

In order to make the day run as smoothly as possible for everyone taking part, the first 15 miles of all the routes will be marshalled allowing riders to get used to the well marked routes. There will be over 300 direction arrows and caution signs around the whole circuit.

The event is run in support of The County Air Ambulance Trust, a wonderful and under-supported cause.

Mega monster
Distance 140 miles, Elevation 3,000 metres

The longest route on offer is a real challenge for anyone taking part. Riders will head towards Hope Valley where they will encounter a tough and dramatic climb through the Winnats Pass gorge.

This climb is one of the highlights of the Mega Monster as it is one of the most spectacular and atmospheric climbs in the Peak District. It is only 1 mile long, but averages 12% and the gradient gets steeper and steeper throughout until finally hitting 20% towards the end, making it a truly brutal test.

Riders will enjoy wonderful views and scenic countryside throughout what will be a day to remember.

There will be feed stations at Weaver Hill, The Courtyard Hope, and Bradbourne. For any frequent riders, please be aware that the route is bypassing Ashbourne this year and heading around Carsington Water instead on the way back to the Forestry Centre.

Midland Monster
Distance 104 miles, Elevation 2133 metres

Although not the longest route of the day, this ride certainly still has some challenges and at over 100 miles still a brilliant test for anyone. Riders will speed through picturesque villages and countryside as well as encountering a few hills along the way.

Crowdecote Hill, between Lognor and Crowdecote Village, is a highlight of the Midland Monster. It is a beautiful and tricky climb, and ranked 18th in the Peak District. The climb is 3/4 mile long, averaging between 7% and 20% throughout. Riders will be rewarded for their efforts with a lovely descent into Hartington Village.

There will be feed stations at Weaver Hill, and Bradbourne Village. For any frequent riders, please be aware that the route is bypassing Ashbourne this year and heading around Carsington Water instead on the way back to the Forestry Centre.

Mezzo Monster
Distance 73 miles, Elevation 1371 metres

Riders will enjoy an interesting route that takes them through wonderful countryside in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. White Hill will be a highlight of the Mezzo Monster, and is the southernmost point of the Pennines. The climb will be a real challenge for the riders, reaching up to 10% and 300 metres of climbing in total.

You will enjoy speeding through the lovely villages of Ilam and Thorpe, before heading through Carsington Water and Bradbourne before the last 30 miles back home.

There will be feed stations at Weaver Hill, and Bradbourne Village. For any frequent riders, please be aware that the route is bypassing Ashbourne this year and heading around Carsington Water instead on the way back to the Forestry Centre.

Mini Monster
Distance 44 miles, Elevation 610 metres

This ride takes a new route this year, taking riders through Tutbury, Marchington, Abbots Bromely on the way out to Blithfield Reservoir. The route will take you through wonderful countryside in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Al though this is the shortest of the sportive rides, there will still be a few challenging climbs!

There will be a feed station in Tomlinson Wood.

Family Ride

Families can take on a 2 mile long loop around the forest, on gravel and dirt tracks. There will be some lumps and bumps where you can test out your skills. You can do as many laps as you would like around this fun and exciting course.

Once you've tired yourself out, there is the Hub Cafe at the end of each loop to get food and drink and a play park for the kids, making this truly a great day out for the family.

Logistics and schedule

07:00 Mega Monster Registration

07:30 Mega Monster Start time

08:00 Midland Monster, Mezzo Monster and Mini Monster Registration

09:00 Midland Monster Start time

09:15 Mezzo Monster Start time

09:30 Mini Monster Start time

10:00 Family Ride Registration

10:30 Family Ride Start time

Entry

The cost for all of the Monster Sportives is £35, so enter the Mega Monster in the booking flow and you can choose then which distance you'd like to do.

Event Information

You will receive an event manual the week before the event with everything you need to know.

Mandatory Kit

  • Helmet

All riders are also recommended to have the following:

  • Basic toolkit
  • Pump (or canister)
  • At least two spare inner tubes

Time-trial bikes or tri-bars are not allowed.

Age Restrictions

You must be at least 14 to take part. And anyone between the age of 14 and 17 must provide the organiser with a parental permission form that can be found on the Midland Monster website.

How to get there

Rosliston Forestry Centre, Burton Rd, Rosliston, Swadlincote DE12 8JX, UK

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By Car

The Forestry Centre is situated south of Burton upon Trent and can be accessed from the A38 or the A444. As you get closer it is situated just north of Rosliston on Burton Road.

Parking

There will be free parking available on-site.

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£10.00 - £35.00Free injury protection

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