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The Matlock Top 10 Sportive Takes Place in 2 Weeks

by Holly Blades

This is the fourth annual running of this iconic short but very tough road biking sportive in and around the Derwent Valley - well known for its road biking heritage. With the long route clocking in at 61.3km/38.1 miles, it's pretty short in sportive terms but factor in 10 tough categorised climbs with gradients regularly in excess of 20% all within a radius of 10km of the start/finish it suddenly becomes much more of a serious proposition.

And not forgetting very little main road riding plus plenty of brilliant Peak District views as a reward for all the climbing efforts. 

Total ascent for the long route is 1735m i.e. in old money 5692ft; the climbing starts straight from the off with the 2.5km/20%+ Sydnope Hill quickly followed by the legendary Bank Road in Matlock and Riber Road, Starkholmes (25%). Holt Woods, Alderwasley, Wirksworth and Bonsall follow before it starts to get very serious again on the nasty 1.9km climb of Stanton Lees (20% ramps) and Stanton in Peak (1.2km/15%). That's nine down but the sting in the tail follows and it's a real killer: Rowsley Bar - 2km in length with an unrelenting average gradient of 10% all the way to the top with max gradients around the 20% mark. 

The shorter route option clocks in at 33km/20 miles and 'just' includes the climbs of Sydnope, Bank Road, Riber Road and Bonsall with ascent totalling 800m/2620 feet. 

At only just over 60km it means you'll be home for your Sunday lunch but your legs will definitely be ready for a horizontal/very lazy afternoon!

This is a British Cycling registered sportive and both routes will be comprehensively signed plus there will be a marshalled feed station en-route.

For all the event information and entries go to

Check out the event road book here:

Event enquiries:

Sunday 15/10/17
The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, Derbyshire DE4 2EQ
Start times: 8.00 - 9.30am
Long route: 61.3km/1735m climbShort route: 32.7km/800m climb

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