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The Wiggle Tour of the Peak Immerses Itself in British Cycling History

by Nick Gregory

The Wiggle Tour of the Peak is not only steeped in cycling history, but it's also one of the only sportives to take on the 3 major climbs in the Peak District; one of which is also being used on this year's Tour de France. This year, there's a sportive first too - a closed road climb up the magnificent Winnat's Pass climb. 

In past years, the event has been based from Chapel-en-le-frith and has always been limited to a 1000 riders. 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 Winnat's Pass climb, as it now appears just 16 miles into the route. 

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. Not only is the Peak District a beautiful National Park, but it also provides a tough and enthralling test for any cyclist. There are two route options for this year, with the long route taking in all 3 major climbs whilst the shorter route misses out Holme Moss (featuring on Tour de France 2014). 

Check out the video below of Kilo To Go's route team previewing the route of the Wiggle Tour of the Peak in 2011

Winnat's Pass is the first climb - a cleft cut between two limestone pinnacles. The climb is 1.2 miles, but the greatest difficulty is at 1 mile. This is a climb that just keeps pushing, as the gradients ease and then steepen just when you think you can catch your breath. The higher you get, the steeper you climb and near the top the gradient is over 20%. This year the climb features a closed road format, 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 impending 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. 

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Out on the route, Kilo to Go will be providing extensive backup, rigorous safety and premium feed stations throughout. Along the clearly signed routes, you'll be supported by trained Health Profession Council (HPC) Standard paramedics, motorbike outriders and a broom wagon. Feed stations are positioned within private access sites clear of the main road for your safety. 

Once you return to HQ and pass under the finish gantry, you'll be met by the Kilo to Go team. There's a bike park in which to leave your steed before heading off to the event village where you can pick up your goody bag which contains lots of items including the HIGH5 sample pack, Kilo To Go 750ml bottle and finishers medal. Food and drink is also available for purchase alongside various stalls. 

In the lead up to the event all entrants will receive their rider pack in the post, containing timing chip and numbers, meaning you can simply turn up at the start line without having to join a registration queue. 

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For more information on the Wiggle Tour of the Peak, visit kilotogo.com





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