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 62.3 km long route with 1697 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 â€“ do not expect to see many other people out and about in this area in November! 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, full colour OS 1:50000 route map and route description as 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 marshalled control/feed station on each course. SPORTident electronic timing will be used and you will need to punch control points on your ride to register that you have completed the fixed route in full. Control point sites will be marked on your route map and identified on the ground by bright coloured tape on an obvious feature to which a timing box will be attached. 'Dib' in the timing boxes at the start, finish, all controls visited and the download box at the end. You must use a SPORTident dibber to take part in this event, you may use your own dibber if you have one (please fill in its number when prompted when you enter) alternatively we will rent you one automatically.
Harpur Hill Sports Centre
(Team Derby Fitness Buxton), Trenchard Drive, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9JY
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