Sunday 7th June 2020
Bostin' Peaks Sportive
The Bostin' Peak Sportive is the original Bostin' cycling event and was featured on the 2016 Channel 5 celebrity cycling TV programme, "Tour de Celeb".
The 2020 running of the event sees us move to a new HQ and more inclusive routes.
By moving our HQ further North we can now showcase the delights of the Peak District to all our riders and not just to the Gold and Silver route riders as in previous years. We have also taken the opportunity of shortening the length of our Gold route, to make it less severe and attractive to more riders, although it still remains a distinct bostin' challenge.
This year the Bostin' Peaks Sportive will be based at the Rocester Football Club, just North East of Uttoxeter, and all three routes begin by heading further East than normal through Cubley and Alkmonton and on along the Roman road called, appropriately, Longlane before turning North through Kirk Langley and Mercaston. Here they begin to rise up to Hulland Ward and then on to Carsington Water and the first feed station of the day at Hognaston, for some much needed refreshment.
After a brief stop, all riders turn left out of the feed station and continue heading up and North. At Bradbourne the Bronze riders turns East and head off towards a ford (we recommend using the bridge!) and riding up over Wibben Hill, through roaming farm animals, and on to the picture-postcode village of Tissington and then onwards to Thorpe.
The Gold and Silver route, meanwhile, continue North climbing up through Brassington and to Longcliffe into the upland countryside of the Peak District. Onwards through Elton, past Robin Hood's Stride, and on to Youlgreave before dropping on to the Long Rake, with its glorious views, and forward to Parsley Hay. After Parslay Hay the Silver route heads turns left towards the feed station at Butterton while the Gold route riders turn North up through the market town of Longnor before following the Ridge, with spectacular views, before also arriving at the feed station for some sustenance and perhaps a well deserved sit down. After the feed station the riders descend down into the Manifold Valley before climbing out up to Stanshope and on to the attractive village of Ilam and then up to Thorpe to rejoin the Bronze route.
All riders, now reunited, head South across the parkland at Okeover Hall, and more roaming animals, then on to Mayfield before heading, along the River Dove, towards Rocester and the finish line.
Three new routes for 2020 will make a great day out in the Peak District!
You have three great routes to choose from:
120K / 75 miles
- Actual distance + 118.1K / 73.4 miles
- Total climb + 1,952m / 6,404 feet
- Max. gradient + 15.4% / -15.6%
- Grading + 3/5 (230) - Difficult
- Single lap
- Two feed and one water station
- Registration opens - 7.30am
- Start time - 8.30am
110K / 65 miles
- Actual distance + 108.0K / 67.1 miles
- Total climb + 1,704m / 5,590 feet
- Max. gradient + 14.9% / -13.1%
- Grading + 2/5 (184) - Challenging
- Single lap
- Two feed stations
- Registration opens - 7.45am
- Start time - 8.45am (approx.)
65K / 40 miles
- Actual distance + 64.2K / 39.9 miles
- Total climb + 832m /2,729 feet
- Max. gradient + 11.2% / -10.2%
- Grading + 1/5 (53) - Moderate
- Single lap
- One feed station
- Registration opens - 8.00am
- Start time - 9.00am (approx.)
- 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!