There’s little disguising that a new event on this year’s calendar is aimed squarely at 3 Peaks Cyclocross riders aiming to build the perfect form. The once-a-year unique Yorkshire epic is the type of event that attracts the tough riders but also requires some very specific skills and technique.
Long term backers of the 3 Peaks Hope Technology have created their own local version one month before the big event – taking in Weets and Pendle Hill with a mix of roads, tracks and paths joining the two.
Supported by Pendle Council as a legacy event following last years successful Tour of Britain stage, Hope are also supporting the local charity Bosom Friends, with part of the entry fee being donated directly to this excellent cause.
The event is scheduled to run on 29th August, Bank Holiday Monday and will start around 10am from Barnoldswick. Climbing up to Weets, then over to Pendle via roads, tracks and paths. The return will take a different route to the finish at the rear of Hope Technology’s factory in Barnoldswick. Hope Technology rider Paul Oldham took his first ever Three Peaks victory last year, whilst 3 Peaks record holder and multiple winner Rob Jebb also rides for the technology firm’s team.
The event is scheduled to begin at around 10am, with the fastest riders taking less than two hours and all riders finishing within four. The entry will be limited to a maximum of 500 riders and its envisaged that as well as top level riders from all over the UK the event will attract many local riders. Since many parts of the route are on private land the exact route will not be available to riders before the day and a strict policy of no practicing will be enforced. Any riders found breaching this rule will be immediately disqualified. This procedure is used in the Dales for the Three Peaks and is very effective at keeping riders off the route at other times of the year.
The complete route will be marshalled, particularly on gates and road crossings. There will also be full medical cover with trained staff at several locations and also moving with the race.
Entry system here