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250 Extra Places Now on Sale for the Tour of the Peak Sportive 2015

by Nick Gregory

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Due to popular demand 250 extra places have been released and are now on sale for the Tour of the Peak Sportive 2015. The seventh edition of this classic UK event, organised by KILOTOGO, will take place on 17 May from Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District - the UK's most popular national park. 

In 2014, the Tour of the Peak increased its capacity by 100 per cent and still sold out. KILOTOGO have repeated the feat this year, offering riders the added incentive of a fully closed-road and timed ascent of Winnat's Pass - granted by the authorities after the success of last year's event. With the climb arriving 16 miles into the route, riders will be warmed-up and ready to take on the challenge against the clock.  

2015 will also see repositioned feed stations which will now include a variety of sandwiches, savoury snacks and various cakes, all produced specifically for the event by a family baker, as well as altered routes of 115 and 62 miles - with the stiffer of the two tests serving up over 10,000ft of climbing.   

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You can't design a picturesque route in the Peak District, taking in some of the country's toughest climbs and favourite beauty spots without creating an incredible cycling challenge. That's the essence of the Tour of the Peak - it'll take your breath away in more than one sense.   

As well as Winnat's Pass, there will be the additional challenges of the seven mile Cat 'n' Fiddle climb and Holme Moss - now of Tour de France fame. The Tour of the Peak is one of very few sportives to tackle the 'Big Three' of the Peak District - described by Cyclsoport's James Berresford as the "triumvirate of pain."  

Last year the event moved to a new, larger base in the picturesque town of Bakewell. The new HQ, at the eponymous Showground, offers plenty of on-site parking.   

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Winnats Pass is one of the most iconic and spectacular climbs in Britain. A cleft cut between two limestone pinnacles, the climb is relatively short at 1.2 miles, but reaches its steepest gradient near the summit. The average gradient is 11.7%, but tops out at a gear-grinding 25% at its steepest. This year Tour of the Peak riders will benefit from a full road closure on Winnats Pass, making it 'easier' and 'more enjoyable' for riders.   

Holme Moss is the second major climb on the long route option only. Keep a look out on the road for the distance markers to the top where, you'll see the radio mast and the ice cream van. This is a long but gradual climb that starts just after Holmebridge, but in effect actually starts way back down in Holmefirth. The gradient stays steady for the most part, and once you've got to the top there's a fantastic long descent which, courtesy of the recent Tour de France visit, has now had a bump smoothed out part way down - perfect for the speed demons.    

Cat 'n' Fiddle is the last major climb on the route. At nearly 7 miles long, this climb is similar to those found on the European circuit. Both routes take on this climb from the edge of Macclesfield to Buxton.    

James Berresford has reviewed the Tour of the Peak a number of times for Cyclosport: "The Tour of the Peak is fast becoming a classic in the UK sportive calendar, and deservedly so. The difficulty level and scenery is up there with the biggest and the best, and KILOTOGO seem to have the sportive formula down to a tee."   

For more information and to book your place, visit www.kilotogo.com.





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