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The 6th annual Igloo sportive will take place on the 22nd of April from the beautiful village of Ashover situated midway between Chesterfield and Matlock. The 2018 route is still yet to be finalised but will be stick closely to the popular routes used for the 2016 & 2017 editions, exploring the eastern fringes of the Peak District National Park. The long route will be approximately 80-85 km/50-53 miles with around 1700 m/ 5600ft of ascent and the short route 35-45 km/22-28 mile short route with around 960 m/ 3150 ft of climb.

The 2017 long route initially headed north from Ashover towards Chesterfield then crosses Beeley Moor before a long southerly traverse via Matlock Moor and the Tour of Britain climb of Cromford Hill. After a feed station above Wirksworth the route continued south via Alport Heights and Shottle before passing through the village of Hazlewood with its rather nice houses; the route then headed back north towards Alderwasley. Crossing the A6 for the second time the road ascends again to historic Crich (National Tramway Museum) before returning to Ashover via Ogston Reservoir, keeping mainly to the high ground on quiet lanes.

The Igloo Sportive

Ashover, Derbyshire, GB
2 races

The 6th edition of the toughest Peak District sportive. The Peak Epic is one of the UKs most challenging road cycling events. Comparable to the Fred Whitton and Dragon Ride.

The ride starts and finishes from Lady Manners School in the beautiful Peak District market town of Bakewell. The truly epic long route ascends 4000m/ >13000ft in just 166km/ 103 miles* 169km / 105 miles for 2017, across the full breadth of Peaks taking in the Hope Valley, Edale, Chapel-en-le-Frith, The Goyt Valley/Cat & Fiddle, Macclesfield Forest, Axe Edge, Longnor and finally Lathkill Dale.

*the original long route is 166 km but due to a long term road closure the 2017 event was 169 km. If the road reopens in time for 2018 event we will revert back to the original route.

The majority of the ride is held on narrow country lanes away from the traffic filled A and B roads. The terrain is relentless, continuously up and down, twisting and turning leading to low average speeds e.g the average finish time last year for the long route was 9 hours. The Peak Epic is certainly not to be underestimated!

At the foot of all the named climbs there will be climb boards depicting average and max gradient (%), climb length in (km), vertical ascent (m) these will be accompanied by climb summit signs at the top. However do not be fooled into thinking the only climbs on the route are the named ones. There are plenty of hidden non climbs scattered throughout.

Peak Epic

Bakewell, Derbyshire, GB
2 races