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Reach Your Peak with Dark & White Cycling's Peak Epic Sportive

by Nick Gregory

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The Peak Epic is the self-proclaimed 'toughest sportive in the Peak District'. After a particularly 'epic' debut in 2013, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone amongst those who took part that would dispute this. 14 climbs, 105 miles and 4000 metres of ascent - it certainly packs quite the punch. 

Starting and finishing from the picturesque market town of Bakewell, the route spans the breadth of the Peak District passing over the climbs of Longstone Edge, Higger Tor, Bradwell Moor, Mam Tor, Pyms Chair and the famous Cat and Fiddle via the Goyt Valley. 

If this all sounds too much though, there's 101km medium, and 63km short route options for less of the same. 

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The 2014 event takes place on Sunday 1st of June from the impressive Lady Manners School on the out skirts of Bakewell. Hard Standing parking, covered registration, toilets and changing facilities will all be provided. 

Route planner, Oli Holmes from Dark & White Cycling wanted to create a Peak District sportive that could stand side by side with UK's toughest events such as the Dragon Ride & the Fred Whitton: "After a successful debut in 2013, I think the Peak Epic can be proud to offer an equally challenging ride," Holmes said. 

Entry to the event includes a comprehensive pre-event guide - including info on all the key climbs, electronic timing, fully stocked High5 feed stations, certificates for every finisher and post-event refreshments. 

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"Epic wind, epic rain, epic hills, epic camaraderie, epic descents, epic feed stations... definitely up for next year." - 2013 rider testimonial. 

For more information visit www.darkwhitecycling.co.uk.