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Three Counties MTB Marathon

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A challenging mountain biking marathon event starting & finishing in Buxton traversing the three counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire with a choice of two courses: a 63.7 km long route with 1728 m of climbing or a 42.7 km shorter route with 1225 m ascent. The biking terrain is predominantly high level/remote/moorland riding on a variety of tracks and trails with under tyre conditions ranging from easy/smooth to steep/rocky/challenging all in amongst quiet and scenic Peak District/Staffordshire Moorlands countryside – do not expect to see many other people out and about in this area in November!

How to enter the Three Counties MTB Marathon

  1. 63.7k

    Bike 63.7km
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  2. 42.7k

    Bike 42.7km
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Three Counties MTB Marathon routes

Both routes promise some epic Peak District mountain bike riding via a mixture of designated rights of way linked together with short sections of road/lane in between.

The routes will be partially signed (particularly in ‘key’ places) using highly visible yellow & blue arrows but overall riders will need to self navigate using the course arrows in conjunction with the marked up and the full colour OS 1:50000 route map provided at registration. The use of GPS devices is allowed. GPX files of the final route will be made available to all pre-entrants approx a week before the event.

There will be a marshaled control/feed station on each course.

At registration you will have to sign on, where you will be provided with a SPORTident ‘dibber’ (a small plastic tag about 2″ long with a timing chip in it which goes round your wrist) and a bagged colour OS route map. The detailed route map will include positions of any feed-stations, control points, public toilets and route split points as well as emergency numbers in case of problems. This is your own personal guide to the route. Please keep your map with you for the duration of the event.

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What’s Included


  • Covered HQ
  • Toilets/Showers
  • Post event hot drinks & snacks

Registration opens at 7:30am

Start time between 8:00am – 9:30am

We advise all riders to start before 9:00am to ensure they reach the cut off time!!

Finish closes at 3:00pm

Cut off time 12:15pm

Kit List
  • Roadworthy MTB/CX bike
  • Hard shell helmets conforming to CE standards EN1078 (not caving, climbing or canoeing types)
  • Watch (Mobile phone is adequate)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fully Waterproof Jacket
  • Full body cover, legs, gloves etc
  • Appropriate MTB shoes (no canvas trainers)
  • A fully charged mobile

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