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LAST CHANCE: Entry for Wiggle Tour of the Peak Closes Thursday 15th May

by Nick Gregory

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Over 1,400 riders have already signed up to take on the first ever closed-road ascent of Winnats Pass as part of the 2014 Wiggle Tour of the Peak, and there's still time to join them on the 18th May in Britain's most popular National Park - if you're quick. 

The Tour of the Peak is fast becoming a Classic UK sportive, partly because it is one of few events to include all 3 of the Peak District's trophy climbs - in fact 3 of Britain's most iconic climbs full stop - Cat and Fiddle, Winnats Pass and Holme Moss (soon to be of Tour de France fame). Described by Cyclsoport's James Berresford as the "triumvirate of pain," they are by no means the only climbs on the route, so if you want to test your mettle then this is the event for you.  



The Wiggle Tour of the Peak is based on the old Tour of the Peak race (1943 to 2005) that played host to some of the biggest names in British cycling history. For 2014 the event moves to a new, larger HQ at Bakewell, with plenty of on-site parking. This new HQ means that riders have a much better opportunity to crack the Winnats Pass climb, as it now appears just 16 miles into the route.  

The long route features a staggering 12,800ft of ascent in 110 miles. Shorter, but no less fierce, the medium route offers up 6,900ft of climbing in just over 60miles. However, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, and the climbing is the price you pay if you want to enjoy some of the most picturesque scenery in Britain. The Tour of the Peak will take your breath away in every sense.  

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