On 12th July 2019, 10 female cyclists attempted the new ‘Pure Peak Grit’ challenge:
to ride the Pure Peak Grit (PPG) route in under 48 hours.
PPG is a single ride which links together every known categorised climb in the Peak District, and many ‘Top 100’ climbs surrounding it. The route is 600km long with over 13,000m of ascent. It includes at least 42 fearsome hills with gradients of between 10-25%.
Creator of ‘Pure Peak Grit’.
Started cycling 2016 when the idea of attempting the length of the country over 2 weeks was suggested to me (Lands End to John O’Groats). This experience got me hooked on the overwhelming satisfaction and adventure of cycling across beautiful landscapes over entire days, and the physical challenge associated with it.
In 2017, I then cycled 5200 miles solo from Nordkapp in the Norweigan Arctic, to the Croatian coast, raising funds for a Syrian aid charity. In 2018 I completed my first race, coast-to-coast across America, the 4200 mile Trans America Bike Race, fundraising for refugees in Merseyside. This year I attempted the Trans Atlantic Way but suffered a flare of a chronic tear in my knee at 620km… we shall see if the knee allows me to do this crazy route with the other girls!
I’m Alice, and Pure Peak Grit coincides nicely with my 2 year anniversary with cycling.
I’ve done a bit of everything since I bought my first road bike and am a big fan of big challenges.
In 2018 I broke the women’s Everesting ‘record’, clocking 12.5hours for the 8,848m of climbing needed. This year, I’ve had a first go at multi-day distance events, and completed All Points North (~900km) earlier in the year. I’m also partial to the odd road race, time trial or hill climb.
I love snack pods, malt loaf, and cafes that do all day breakfast. I might have bitten off more than I can chew with this event, but there’s only one way to find out, and I’m excited to give it a go alongside some really inspiring women in an incredibly beautiful place.
I’m Ang and I like to ride my bike a very long way. I use a bike for my everyday transport around Sheffield, but I also ride a bike to escape from the city and explore the world.
I’m by no means the fittest, fastest or strongest woman on a bike, especially given the exceptional pedigree of riders that we have taking part in Pure Peak Grit, but I get a real sense of achievement from pushing myself to my own personal limits and expanding my comfort zone just that little bit further.
The Peak District is my playground so I am familiar with most of these hills already, but have never tackled them all in one ride! The time limit of 48 hours might be a bit of a stretch for me but i’ll certainly give it a go.
I’m also really keen on encouraging more women to enter the world of endurance cycling because I believe that we are all capable of so much more than we think we are. With this in mind, I set up the Peak Brevettes local group to bring like-minded women together for long rides and bike adventures, which is where ‘Team Pure Peak Grit’ was born.
I’ve had quite a few adventures on my bike over the years which you can read about on my blog: www.veloelle.com
My cycling career to date:
Background in running and triathlon culminating in an Ironman in 2016 then was told I needed a knee replacement and was advised not to run so took up cycling seriously.
2017 was a good year – LEL, first SR series and RRTY (popular audax titles)
2018 knee still holding up so took to the hills as this is my favourite environment for cycling and completed the Marmotte Alps Grand Fondo.
2019 – amazingly my knee is still holding up so doing PBP in August and continue to ride in the hills as often as I can so really looking forward to the Peaks challenge!!
Bicycle courier in Manchester, who has fallen in love with adventure cycling after being initiated with some long tours…
2016: 4000 mile solo tour across USA.
2017: solo tour 1700 mile Norway to Italy, then the famous London-Edinbrough-London Audax 900miles in 5 days.
2018: 1st female finisher of the 2500 mile Transcontinental race, in 13.5 days.
This year, just completed the 1500 mile TransAtlantic Way around Ireland, again 1st female finisher.
London-based management consultant who likes to ride her bike far and fast. Previously mostly focused on speed, now in search of more adventurous challenges.
Flatlander who loves a good headwind battle, not afraid of a bit of rain, but struggles in the heat, scared of gravel and goes backwards on hills. But… what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so embarking on 3 hilly challenges this July, clocking up more elevation in a month than she would previously do in a year.
Winner of a couple of TT titles, including Best British All-Rounder (2014), Nat 12hr champion (2015) and both Nat and World 24hr TT champion (2017). Multiple 24 hour solo circuit wins: Le Mans (2013), Revolve (2017) and Zandvoort (2017) where I was also top 3 overall. Zwift distance record breaker (2017). Two failed LEJOG record attempts. Audax UK member since 2015 with Super Randonneur awards 4 years in a row. First female finisher and top 10 overall London-Edinburgh-London (2017), keen to challenge for a fast Paris-Brest-Paris finish this year. First woman and top 10 overall 1000km BikingMan Oman unsupported race (2019). Unfinished business with 1890km Race Around the Netherlands (so returning in 2020) and also eyeing up a longer unsupported race for 2020.
I largely cycle in my local area of Merseyside but love heading back to my native Yorkshire to seek out some hills!
I’ve recently started more longer distance cycling and was happy to complete the London Wales London Audax this month. I’m looking forward to the challenge of the Pure Peak Grit ride!
I’ve mostly cycled for leisure/fun/fitness/commuting and main mode of transport but never took it seriously/to the next level.
I started with an Olympic Distance Triathlon (Tri Windermere 2015), then got back on the bike March 2018 after almost 3 year hiatus after bike was stolen. Now I’ve been a full time bike courier in Manchester since July 2018, and am Manchester Team Captain for Stuart Delivery Ltd.
As of this year, a new member of Audax UK- a couple of audaxes completed: 120km and 200km. This is in preparation for my first race attempt, in just a few weeks: The Trans Continental.
I have been cycling for around 12 years, my first introduction into distance cycling being a self supported 10 day trip of LEJOG in 2012. I did a short stint of road racing with development team Biketreks in 2013 before going solo in pursuit of adventure and distance. In 2015 I rode the 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris brevet, a baptism of fire in my debut year of Audax.
Captivated by the Transcontinental Race, I cycled to Montenegro in 2016 as a volunteer at CP4 then in 2017 I raced TCR no.5. Last year I had great fun on the inaugural Race Across France challenge distance – a 1050km race across the Alps, finishing at Lake Annecy as 2nd lady. Most recently I did All Points North, finishing 3rd lady and 16th overall. I look forward to returning for APN 2020!
On the 1st July I’ll be taking part in Trans Alba, a 1700 km race around Scotland with 20,000m of climbing. All being well, this will leave a week of recovery before Pure Peak Grit, at least I’ll have found my climbing legs even if not fully recovered. Having spent 3 years living in Sheffield and exploring the peak district during my university days I feel ‘prepared’ for Pure Peak Grit. Still, I’ve only ridden a handful of the climbs in store and never in succession! The combined distance, elevation and 48 hour time limit will make this a tough challenge.
I started cycling again in my late twenties, initially to get to and from work and to keep my wife company, but gradually I fell in love with being on the bike. I now cycle almost every day – to get around, to spend time with friends, to have adventures and to try new challenges.
I started riding audaxes pretty much by accident about 4 years ago but quickly got addicted – as a slow and steady rider, the challenge of completing a set distance within a set time rather than racing appeals to me. I’ve completed two Randonneur Round the Year series (riding at least one 200km audax every month for twelve months consecutively) and three Super Randonneur series (at least one 200, 300, 400 and 600 event within a year) as well as finishing the 2017 London Edinburgh London 1400km.
SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYED OUT
Buxton Train Station
20:00 12th July
- Alaina Beacall
- Alice Thomson
- Angela Walker
- Debs Goddard
- Ede Harrison
- Jasmijn Muller
- Lucy Roebuck
- Lulu Drinkwater
- Nicky Shaw
- Sian Lambert
24 hour Esso, London Road, Buxton
- Jasmijn Muller – 23:48 12th July
- Lulu Drinkwater – 00:04 13th July
- Ede Harrison – 00:04 13th July
- Nicky Shaw – 00:14 13th July
- Alice Thomson – 00:19 13th July
- Alaina Beacall – 00:33 13th July
- Lucy Roebuck – 00:58 13th July
- Sian Lambert – 00:59 13th July
- Debs Goddard – 01:28 13th July
- Angela Walker – 01:28 13th July
1. Lesser Lane
3. Deadman’s Lane
4. Blaze Hill
5. Cat & Fiddle
The Jervis Arms Pub, Onecote
- Jasmijn Muller – 04:29 13th July
- Alaina Beacall – 06:24 13th July
- Alice Thomson – 06:31 13th July
- Lucy Roebuck – 07:16 13th July
- Ede Harrison – 07:33 13th July
- Lulu Drinkwater – 07:39 13th July
- Nicky Shaw – 07:41 13th July
- Debs Goddard – 09:11 13th July
- Angela Walker – 09:11 13th July
6. Axe Edge
7. Gun Hill
8. Fourways Climb
10. Hollinsclough Rake Climb
All Saints Church, Bakewell
- Jasmijn Muller – 08:17 13th July
- Alice Thomson – 10:43 13th July
- Alaina Beacall – 10:44 13th July
- Lulu Drinkwater – 12:35 13th July
- Ede Harrison – 12:36 13th July
- Lucy Roebuck – 13:07 13th July
- Angela Walker – 14:42 13th July
- Debs Goddard – 14:42 13th July
13. Parsons Lane Climb
14. Larkstone Lane
15. Ilam Moor Lane Climb
16. The Rake
Curbar Gap Car Park
- Jasmijn Muller – 11:14 13th July
- Alice Thomson – 15:11 13th July
- Alaina Beacall – 15:11 13th July
- Ede Harrison – 17:14 13th July
- Lulu Drinkwater – 17:20 13th July
- Angela Walker – 18:32 13th July
17. Rowsley Bar
18. Oldfield Lane
19. Lees Road Climb
20. Stanton in Peak
21. Hell’s Bank / Beeley
The Royal Oak Inn, Glossop
- Jasmijn Muller – 17:46 13th July
- Alaina Beacall – 21:13 13th July
- Lulu Drinkwater – 11:00 14th July
- Ede Harrison – 11:01 14th July
23. ‘Climbing Up’
24. Longstone Edge
25. Monsal Head
26. Beast of Bradwell
27. Winnats Pass
The Scotsman’s Pack Inn, Hathersage
- Jasmijn Muller – 06:11 14th July
- Alaina Beacall – 07:14 14th July
- Lulu Drinkwater – 16:06 14th July
- Ede Harrison – 16:08 14th July
29. Snake Pass
30. Hope to Mam Nick
31. Sir William Hill
Wooldale Methodist Free Church, Holmfirth
- Jasmijn Muller – 11:54 14th July
- Alaina Beacall – 12:54 14th July
- Ede Harrison – 00:19 15th July
- Lulu Drinkwater – 00:19 15th July
33. The Dale
34. Woodfall Lane
35. The Bradfield Beast
36. Blindside Lane Climb
38. Pea Royd Lane
39. Jackson Bridge
Buxton War Memorial
- JASMIJN MULLER – 15:31 14th July
Completed in 43 hours 31 minutes
- ALAINA BEACALL – 16:17 14th July
Completed in 44 hours 17 minutes
- EDE HARRISON – 12:42 15th July
Completed in 64 hours 42 minutes
- LULU DRINKWATER – 12:42 15th July
Completed in 64 hours 42 minutes
40. Holme Moss
41. Col du Mellor
42. Long Hill
SPLITS BETWEEN CHECKPOINTS
THE FINAL STATS:
Special Thanks from Alaina
A special thanks from Alaina, to people who I am eternally grateful for the support and help they have selflessly offered in making Pure Peak Grit happen:
- Rapha – for our comfortable & pocketed combat shorts, and the clubhouse night in Manchester
- JE James Cycles for great bike servicing, and some nutritional goods
- Duncan McRobert at Raw Velo, for the energy bars
- Rich at Pedal Precision in the Velodrome
- Tori Gray, website-designer
- Rich Marshall, photographer
- Steve Pawley, emergency support
- Rachel Batt, headquarters hostess
- Rod Barrar, pre-event photographer
- Dom, the guitarist (sideshow Bob)
- Neaha Patel with the initial promo photo
- And of course, the participants – particularly Angela, for her help and enthusiasm- the hub of all UK cyclists!