Wild boar may no longer roam the Peak District but the High Peak Hog is back for a second year! It will be held on 11th May 2014 and opens for entries on 2nd December 2013.
We have increased the maximum number of riders to 300 but it will still remain a friendly club event organised by cyclists for cyclists. It sold out within a few weeks last year so enter early to avoid disappointment!
Read Cycling Weekly’s review of the event
The High Peak Hog – Can you go The Whole Hog?
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
• Photos of riders on the major climbs available to download free of charge after the event
• Hot breakfast before the start
• Feed stations en route
• Hog roast at the finish (with vegetarian option!)
• Free parking and changing/shower facilities
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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
There will be electronic timing with Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.
|Whole Hog||5h 30m (>15 mph)||6h 30m (>12.5 mph)||Finish|
|Half Hog||3h 15m (>15.5 mph)||3h 50m (>13 mph)||Finish|
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! The 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!
We will be taking photos of riders on some of the major climbs to immortalise your efforts. These will be available a few days after the event to download free of charge.