Date: Sat 6 Mar, 2021
The higher & wilder side of the Peak District, the Dark Peak is the less visited northern part of the Peaks and home to some glorious gravel riding. This punchy 77km route starts & finishes on the outskirts of Outer Manchester and goes straight into a 2km, 8% climbs before heading into the wild through the Wessenden Valley, over the moors and through Holme Styes Wood before the one easier section along the reservoirs and the final climb, the part tarmac, part gravel Chew Road with stunning views from the top. Then all is left is to roll home for a celebratory pint and cake at the finish.
Event Director's Notes:
A tough & lumpy 77km loop from the outskirts of Outer Manchester to the wild and rugged Dark Peak. The route is on rolling terrain with three main climbs and just one flatter section - an quick 11km sector by the reservoirs. The terrain is mixed including some tarmac, fine packed gravel, singletrack bridleways and even a sprinkling of cobbles. As a reference, our average speed on the route is 16km/h so it typically takes us nearly 5hrs riding time. The main climb is the classic Chew Road - this is at the end and is an out before finishing with a very well earned pint.
Start Time : From 7.45am
Finish time : Between 12pm and 4pm
Location : Uppermill
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