Right in the heart of the glorious Peak District, this Gravel X takes in 80km of the best gravel and back roads. Starting off up the broken road to Mam Tor, the ride starts with a number of climbs both on gravel and road with most of the elevation in the first 55km before a fast finish around around Ladybower Reservoir. Take in some of the best off road sections in the Peaks on this punchy but very rewarding circuit.
Distance: 87km | Elevation: 2,000m
Ride Difficulty 4/5
Technical Difficulty 3.5/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 55%
Bike & Tyre Choice:The route has a real mix of terrain but ideal throughout for gravel bikes with around 40mm tyres. Mountain bikes will be fine on parts of the route but will feel slow on the tarmac sections.
Countdown to October 2nd
– Climb the Broken Road to Mam Tor
– Stunning gravel tracks in the heart of the Peaks
– Fast flowing sections round Ladybower Reservoir
– Social drink at the finish village
Hope: 80km, 2000m
Starting in Hope, we roll to Castleton and up the Broken Road to Mam Tor with stunning views in all directions and continue off road up to the highest point of the ride at Lords Seat. After a punchy start, we have a 13km rolling descent with road & off road sections to Bradwell before a sharp off road ascent.
After Eyam we hit some of the best gravel in the Peaks before hitting the longest climb of the day, the tarmacked Nether Padley Climb – 3.5km at just under 6%. The last 35km is the quickest of the route with a long descent near Hathersage and a quick off road loop around Ladybower Reservoir. A well deserved beer is waiting for you at the finish to share war stories with other riders.
Physical Difficulty: 4/5
What type of bike should I ride?
This route is ideal for gravel bikes with wide (40mm plus) tyres. A mountain bike would be fine as there are few road sections. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride. We have carbon gravel bikes from Pearson available to hire for the day. E bikes are not allowed on this ride.
How do I find out my start time?
We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
Where is the start / finish?
The ride starts and finishes just outside Hope. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
What shall I pack with me for the ride?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
When will I get my GPX file
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.