Bostin' Diablo Sportive
For some time we have wanted to create a second Peak District sportive and satisfy the requests from some to ride a more demanding set of routes. Well 2019 gives us the opportunity to do just that. We are very proud to be able to present to you our new Bostin' Diablo Sportive.
The all new Diablo Sportive ('Diablo' in Spanish means Devil!) is our longest and most challenging of our 2019 cycling events with some substantial climbs on some of the routes - however we think that you will find that the end justifies the means - a great day out in wonderful countryside with tremendous views.
To go with the new routes we also bring you a new venue at Ormiston Horizon Academy at Tunstall, just North East of Stoke-on-Trent.
All three of the Bostin' Diablo Sportive routes follow the same exit out of the HQ, and proceed through the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent heading South East towards the lure of the countryside. At Forsbrook the routes turn northward, over rolling hills, towards the High Street of the pretty market town of Cheadle and beyond. After crossing the Churnet Valley Railway at Froghall the combined routes get a bit more serious with the first real climb of the day up through the pretty hamlet of Foxt and then up on to the Ipstones Edge with its wonderful views. After that enjoy a rest-bite of a 2 mile descent, past a very large and impressive cement works (it takes all-sorts!), down into Waterhouse and then on to the first feed station.
Shortly, after you have enjoyed some feed station goodies, all riders continue out of Waterfall before the Bronze riders turn left and start heading North West, following the edge of the National Park, up the rise onto Moor Side and the highest point on the Bronze route. Spectacular views over the market town of Leek to your left, as you climb,
Meanwhile, the Gold and Silver riders continue North up onto Grindon Moor before dropping down and through the spectacular tunnel at Swainsley - not one to miss - before following the Manifold Valley for a while then on to picturesque Ilam, Thorpe and Tissington villages before climbing onwards up Pinder's Rock towards Longcliffe. Shortly after Longcliffe the routes separate. The Silver route heads West towards its second feed station while the Gold route heads further North up over the Limestone Way towards Youlgreave and Monyash before reuniting with the Silver route just before the feed station at Biggin.
After some much needed free sustenance, the riders head West through lovely Peak District countryside to a fork in the road where the Gold route goes right and the Silver route goes left.
At this point we shall, for the first time, offer our Silver riders a free bonus. If they want to they can divert off their chosen route here and join the Gold route and cycle up and around the famous "Roaches" outcrop, This will increase the length of their ride by 8K (5 miles) and add some 83m (271 feet) of additional climbing to their legs - totally optional on the day but would be well worth the extra effort!
Whichever route the riders take they will all eventually drop down towards Meerbrook and the expanse of water, mudflats and reeds, known as Tittesworth Reservoir. By this point all three routes are back together as they continue South West homeward bound towards the ride HQ. Riding through the last of the open countryside the riders will experience the short, sharp rise at Blackwood before entering the Stoke conurbation and the anticipation of the finish line.
The Bostin' Diablo Sportive - some devilish climbs but added to stunning scenery and the sense of achievement there is surely no better way to spend time in the great British countryside!
You have three great 'NEW' routes to choose from:
120K / 75 miles
- Actual distance + 124.4K / 77.3 miles
- Total climb + 1,946m / 6,385 feet
- Max. gradient + 13.0% / -12.3%
- Grading + 3/5 (242) - Difficult
- Single lap
- Two feed stations
The above statistics exclude the on-the-day optional diversion to visit the iconic "Roaches" which will add 8K (5 miles) and 83m (277 feet) of climb to this ride - see above narrative for details.
- The event is open to anyone - from keen amateurs to club riders and professionals
- Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be completed at Registration.
- Entrants can only ride suitably maintained road legal bicycles with working brakes (ie. no track bikes please) powered by a chain. (see FAQ for full details of permitted bikes).
- Tandems are permitted but entry fees payable are per person and not per bike.
- Event HQ facilities, toilets and free car parking
- Free tea/coffee at Registration
- Start line mechanic, to sort out any last minute bike issues
- All routes fully signposted
- Event information pack (emailed 3 days before event)
- GPS/GPX route files
- Free tea, coffee, water, cakes, bananas, etc at all feed station(s)
- On-course photography (subject to availability/rider numbers)
- Emergency support includes first aid, rider's emergency telephone number and support vehicles to return you and your bike to the Event HQ in the event of mechanical failure
- Commemorative medal to all finishers
- Free hot food and tea/coffee at the finish
- A great sense of achievement and a Bostin' smile!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- spare parts, tools or on-course mechanical support
- each rider should carry their own tools, replacement inner-tubes, patches, chain-links, etc. to enable them to repair every-day mechanical failures.
- If you cannot repair your bike we will pick you up but we will not repair your bike for you.
- roads in perfect condition
- we are at the mercy of the local authorities and the weather with regard to the conditions of the road surfaces on the day of the event.
- detailed monitoring of riders around the course - although we try our best to sweep the routes and make sure that everyone arrives back safely.
- timing chips or any other timing information - it is not a race!