Unfortunately, the Coronavirus epidemic has laid waste to the cycling calendar for 2020 and there were very few events, if any, taking place this year. We look forward to lots of great events in 2021. [Updated 13th November]
We hope that you come to the Peak District anyway and try some of these great routes
Organised Peak District cycle events by date.
Please feel free to ask us for more information. For entering or getting a place on one of the events, please get in contact with the organiser. We’re here in the central Peak District (with fully equipped and lockable bike sheds) if you need accommodation!
6th February 2021 – the Glorious Gravel: Peak District West – Starting & finishing in Buxton, this ride takes in some of the most picturesque parts of the Peak District with a route on gravel tracks for 60% & quiet lanes for 40%. In 81km you will ride both tarmac & gravel climbs, follow Rive Dove and explore parts of the Peaks most people never see.
6th March 2021 – the Glorious Gravel: The Dark Peak – 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
28th March 2021 – Battle of Bradfield Sportive – 63km challenging cyclosportive through the rugged terrain of northwest Sheffield
17th April 2021 – the Glorious Gravel: Peak District East – organised by Sportive Breaks, this is sure to be a grand day out. An 82km circular ride from Bakewell on gravel.
25th April 2021 – Hardcore 100 – 100km of quiet roads and bridleways, 2000m of climbing. Unmarshalled and unsupported.
6th June 2021 – Peak Epic sportive – 170 km (and 4,000 metres of climbing) – one of the UK’s most challenging road cycling events
16th May 2021 – Retro Ride Out – A new road based event for 2021. For older bikes built before 2000 exploring the Peak on some of the best roads.
23rd May 2021 – Tour of the Peak – 185 or 99 km – start/finish in Bakewell
June 2021 – The Brutal Tootle – 100km gravel ride, suitable for cross and gravel and hardtail mtb bikes
June 2021 – Gnarmac Attack – happening on the same weekend as the Brutal Tootle, a 100km unmarshalled, unsupported ride on quiet roads and bridleways.
6th June 2021 – Peak Epic – 170km and 4,000 metres of climbing. One of the toughest challenges in the UK (think Fred Whitton!!)
20th June 2021 – Bradwell Hill Billy Sportive – 78km with 2,334m of ascent over 7 challenging hill climbs, starting in Bradwell (Hope Valley)
3rd and 4th July 2021 – The Gravel Gran Fondue – Ride one or both days on quiet lanes and bridleways. Unsupported and unmarshalled.
12th September 2021 – Grindleford Goat – A lovely family friendly day out using Grindleford as the base. All funds raised go to the village shop.
19th September 2021 – Fifty50 – Another unsupported, unmarshalled ride on quiet roads and bridleways. Approximately 60km in a 6 hour time window. You won’t see the route until you arrive on the start line!
19th September 2021 – UK’s Hardest 100 – Peak District – Take on classic climbs and local gems of the Peak District including Mam Tor, Winnats and many, many more. Ride the 100 mile route with almost 4,000m of elevation or take or the 100km route with just under 2,500m of climbing. Starting and finishing in beautiful Bakewell, this is your chance to see the best of the Peak District and ride one of the hardest sportives in the UK.
Other events we hope that will be back in 2021. We’ll slot them in to the list when we have new dates
Pure Peak Grit – 610km and 13,600 m of ascent. Kudos to anyone who gets this done! This is a new event, trialed in 2019. The Pure Peak Grit is a road cycling route that links every categorised climb in the Peak District and the ‘Greatest 100 Cycling Climbs’ around it. Allow 48-72 hours or even longer. Starts and ends in Buxton
Peaks Tour Sportive – 3 routes, starting Bakewell
Steel Valley MTB ride
Evans Cycles Ride It Peak District Off-road – extra hilly, multiple climbs that may be steep or long – you have been warned
Evans Cycles Peak District Road Sportive – extra hilly, difficulty 5 out of 5 according to the website – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Eroica Britannia – 30, 60 or 100 miles on vintage bikes. A weekend of fun
Thornbridge Brewery Sportive – two distances starting from Bakewell
Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge – 69 or 37 km Raising funds for The British Heart Foundation
Monsal Head Hill Climb – short and sweet but you’ll need to be fast!
We get some of our cycle event information from Wheelie Good Tours. If you are looking for events, tours or cycle adventures in any part of the country this is a great resource.