Registration is now CLOSED
“It’s not the mountains we conquer, it is ourselves”
Welcome and congratulations for reaching step one of an incredible and unique UK cycling challenge.
Pure Peak Grit was created in 2019, and tested by a group of inspiring mile-munching ladies (see how they got on here).
The idea was to design a continuous route (no out-and-backs), linking together every famous and categorised road climb by bike, the hardest way up, in the Peak District National Park and the immediate vicinity around it. The resulting route was 610km (380 miles) long, with 13,600m (44,600 feet) of ascent.
There are 42 categorised climbs to ‘tick off’ in this endurance hill venture, including 9% of Britain’s ‘100 Greatest cycling climbs’. This makes it the hilliest long distance road cycling event in the UK.
PPG 2022 will start and finish in Sheffield, and will be segmented into more easily navigable sections, so there will be a few tweaks to the 2019 route. The current GPX file will be available to riders shortly before the event. There is inclusion of a halfway hall, providing shelter and refreshments near the midway point.
There will be three time categories for riding PPG 2022:
48 HOURS OF PURE PEAK GRIT
The ultimate challenge!
72 HOURS OF PURE PEAK GRIT
A more manageable timescale that could be tackled as 3 x 200 km.
FINISHERS OF PURE PEAK GRIT
Sole completion of this route is a massive achievement, and tribute to your tenacious grit. Not only that, but PPG allows you to cycle across and summit some of our greatest hills, in some of our most beautiful countryside. This is an absolute privilege to be valued and enjoyed. However long it takes you, if you endure and embrace this ride, you will very much be a ‘Pure Peak Gritter’.
Finally and in line with this ethos, PPG is tied to the ‘Friends of the Peak District’ charity. FPD are a grassroots organisation who campaign to protect the National Park and its communities from unsustainable and damaging developments. All registration fees will cover the basic running costs, with a proportional amount going straight to the charity. We anticipate this donation to be at least £30 pp.