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What a glorious day!!   I spoke to the school last week and the parting comment was basically ” the weather’s been rubbish, so good luck!”

For once it looks like we have bought the good weather with us as I’ve been climbing hill in a river of sweat today ( probably should have taken the windproof gillet off!) and the forecast is for much of the same this weekend :-)

We’ve put the sportive out today and, as usual, I got to do the long loop. We’ve changed the route about this year and put the long loop towards the start as it’s pretty hard and you’ll be doing it on fresh legs, rather than shaky, jelly like ones that you’d get if we put it at the end. There’s some pretty big climbs in there and one that gives “The Wall” on King of the Downs a good run for that name. After a fantastic descent you cross a reservoir, ride around a bend and then the road just goes straight up, sometimes it’s best not to be able to see the top!!

We then take you up to Rushup Edge, into the Hope Valley and onto the long climb to Snakes Pass, a fantastic descent into Glossop, one small pass and it’s all over. ( We have taken the little “sting” out of the end of route for this year)

A few things:-

This is not a race and the roads are not closed. There Will be other road users on the roads so please ride responsibly, especially on the descents. Always keep your bike under control and speed down, You never know what’s around the corner!!!

GPX routes:-

MTB Short

MTB Medium

No MTB Long

Sportive Short

Sportive Medium

Sportive Long

Garmin users – please use these instructions or run routes through

Garmin instructions

And remember – it’s a grade 4 out of 4!