High Peak Hog – A Sportive by Glossop Kinder Velo

Event – Postponed

Unfortunately the event is now postponed due to issues with the availability of venues and clashes with other local events. The Hog will hopefully return in the next few years.


The High Peak Hog – Can you go The Whole Hog?

High Peak Hog

Snake Pass

The High Peak Hog is an exciting new sportive organised by Glossop Kinder Velo Cycling Club to promote our club and cycling in the beautiful Peak District. The route is mostly along country lanes and the scenery is simply breathtaking!


The entry cost includes –

• Two route options – 83 and 50 miles (decide on the day)
• Two ‘Category 2’ climbs – Snake Pass and Holme Moss
• Three ‘Category 3’ and five ‘Category 4’ climbs
• Electronic timing
• Hot breakfast before the start
• Feed stations en route
• Hog roast at the finish (with vegetarian option!)
• Free parking and changing/shower facilities

The routes
The High Peak Hog is a very challenging sportive – the Whole Hog is 83 miles with over 9,000 ft of climbing and the Half Hog is 50 miles and ascends 5,500ft. No fewer than 5 of the climbs are featured in Simon Warren’s ‘100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’ and ‘Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’. The last climb up Holme Moss is in Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France.Snake Pass

Both routes begin with a 3 mile ascent of the Snake Pass and end with a 3 mile climb up the iconic Holme Moss and it’s ¼ mile road markings to the summit.


Whole Hog

Mam Nick

The two routes diverge at Ladybower Reservoir of ‘The Dam Busters’ fame. The Whole Hog goes along the idyllic Edale Valley leading to a twisting ascent of Mam Nick ramping up to 21% and a feed station at the top. You are then rewarded with a stunning descent through Winnat’s Pass, by Speedwell Cavern and on to Castleton followed by another steep and long climb up by Peveril Castle. There follows a gentle ascent to Abney gliding club and a flowing, long descent to the market town of Hathersage. The route then climbs to the gritstone cliffs of Stanage edge and returns to Ladybower Reservoir where the two routes converge.


Half Hog


The Whole Hog joins the Half Hog at Ladybower Reservoir and heads out to the three ‘stingers’ of the Strines. After the feed station, the route goes through Carlecotes, skirts Holmfirth and reaches the foot of Holme Moss with 11 miles to go. This is the final major climb of 3 miles and 1,138 ft ramping up to 13.5%, so leave something in reserve! You will be rewarded for your efforts with a 2 mile descent and a relatively easy 6 mile return to Glossop along the lovely Torside Valley.



Event HQ
Holme MossThe event HQ is at Glossop Cricket Club. There is free parking at the venue and nearby car parks in Glossop Town Centre. Registration opens at 7.30am and groups of riders will be set off at regular intervals from 8.30am until 9am. There are changing, shower and toilet facilities at the venue. The bar will be open at the end so bring some cash because you will have to pay for your own drinks!



Signage, route guides and sat nav

Stanage EdgeThe route will be signed at every turn and you will be provided with a route guide on the day. If you have a GPS device you may download the route to navigate Whole HogHalf Hog.

There will be electronic timing with Gold, Silver and Bronze categories for Hogs (men) and Sows (women).









Hogs & Sows

Whole Hog

5h 30m

6h 30m

6h 30m

7h 50m


Half Hog

3h 15m

3h 50m

3h 50m

4h 50m


Free food is available at the event HQ until 6pm. If you are unlikely to finish the Whole Hog under 9 hours (<9 mph) you are strongly advised to do the Half Hog to avoid missing the hog roast! The bar will also be open! Torside ValleyThe entry fee includes porridge and hot drinks before the start, feed stations en route stocked with bananas, flap jacks and sandwiches and a hog roast (with vegetarian option) at the finish – you’ll deserve it!

Please note this is not yet confirmed for 2016 – However in past years – We have taken photos of riders on some of the major climbs to immortalise their efforts.

Special thanks to Polocini for all their help and support. Visit their site and enter one of their great sportives too.

2015 Event

The High Peak Hog was a great success. Many thanks to Cyclist MagazineOTE Sports Nutrition and all Marshals and helpers.Download the finishing timesDownload the Photos – Thanks to Ollie Nutall Photography – plus check out the photos taken by our marshals and helpers

2014 Event

2014 High Peak Hog Finishing Times

Huge Thanks to Cyclist magazine who rewarded all those who finish the Hog with a complimentary copy of their fantastic magazine.

Cyclist Magazine

2013 Event

Read Cycling Weekly’s review of the event

High Peak Hog 12th May 2013  – Finishing Times Event Photographs by Ollie Nuttall Free to download

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