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by Nick Gregory

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Event: Wiggle Peak District Punisher 
Date: 27 September 
Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire 
Website: http://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/wiggle-peak-district-punisher-sportive/ 

The Wiggle Peak District Punisher is a belter of a ride! Starting from the picturesque town of Bakewell, nestled on the edge of the Dark Peaks, it is ideally positioned for a special sportive ride. With 3 routes to choose from: Epic: 100 miles, Standard: 77 miles and Short: 40miles there is something for everyone. 

The routes climbs up to the historic village of Eyam via Grindleford and Sir William Hill and over into the Hope valley. A quick glance of Peveril Castle as you head through Castleton leaving it behind to attack the first main climb, the ascent of Winnats Pass, a real leg burner but great views at the top! 

The Short riders leave the main route and climb up to Monsal Head, not to be taken lightly, before dropping back to Bakewell. Epic and Standard riders continue their adventure out to the west of the park with some tough climbs and blistering descents rewarded with stunning views, open countryside and quiet roads. An extra southern loop awaits the epic riders before the Alpine-like ascent at Crowdicote leads both groups of riders to the finishing stretch down into Bakewell, where a well-earned medal awaits all riders. 

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Happy riding!

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