The Igloo Sportive
23/04/2017 - Ashover - Sportive
Weeks to go until event: less than 4 weeks
The 5th annual Igloo sportive will take place on the 23rd of April from the beautiful village of Ashover situated midway between Chesterfield and Matlock. The 2017 event will continue with the shorter, punchier style route of 2016, which explores the eastern fringes of the Peak District National Park. Choice of either the 82 km/51 mile long route with approximately 1700 m/ 5600ft of ascent or the 44 km/27 mile short route with around 960 m/ 3150 ft of climb.
The long route initially heads north from Ashover towards Chesterfield then crosses Beeley Moor before a long southerly traverse via Matlock Moor and the Tour of Britain climb of Cromford Hill. After a feed station above Wirksworth the route continues south via Alport Heights and Shottle before passing through the village of Hazlewood with its rather nice houses; the route then heads back north towards Alderwasley. Crossing the A6 for the second time the road ascends again to historic Crich (National Tramway Museum) before returning to Ashover via Ogston Reservoir, keeping mainly to the high ground on quiet lanes.
The shorter 44k route uses the same roads as the long route but cuts out the most northerly and southerly sections.
As with all D&W sportives our aim is to provide a route very high on quality (scenery, beautiful villages, quiet lanes) and low on busy/dangerous/noisy main roads.
Igloo Cycles, Chesterfield will as always be providing technical on-event support.
To read the 2017 fully comprehensive event guide see here.