Forest of Bowland

22nd May 2021

Long Route

Distance : 164km

Elevation : 3563m

Difficulty :

Medium Route

Distance : 100km

Elevation : 2174m

Difficulty :

22nd May 2021 : £39

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Ride Introduction

The Hardest Hundred Sportive Series comes to one of the most beautiful parts of the country in May, the glorious Forest of Bowland. The long route packs in over 3,500m of elevation & 6 big climbs in 100 miles. Tackle the famous Trough of Bowland, the wild & rugged Cross O’Greet and some classic local climbs on this stunning route.

Ride Highlights

Ride Highlights

  • Wild & Beautiful Scenery: Take in views of the coast and the wild moors. This is one of the UK's best kept secrets.

  • Classic Climbs: A route full of climbing is highlighted by the Top 100 Trough of Bowland but packs plenty of other punches.

  • Ride the Cross of Greet: One of the best climbs on the route, this rugged road passes a medieval boulder at the highest point of the pass with a thrilling descent that marks the end of the medium route.

Distance Elevation Difficulty
Long Route 164km 3563m 4/5
Medium Route 100km 2174m 3/5

What's Included

Private Feed Stop

Feed stops every 40km

Timing Chips

Timing chips & KOMs

Sign-Posted Route

Fully sign posted route

Mechanic

Support at start & on route

Ride Marshalls

Marshalls supporting you on ride

After Party

Beer & food and music at the end

Tick off the top 100 Trough of Bowland
Great views of the coast from Jubilee Tower
Ride the wild Cross O' Greet

UK's Hardest Hundred: Forest of Bowland

The Hardest Hundred Sportive Series comes to one of the most beautiful parts of the country in May, the glorious Forest of Bowland. The long route packs in over 3,500m of elevation & 6 big climbs in 100 miles. Tackle the famous Trough of Bowland, the wild & rugged Cross O’Greet and some classic local climbs on this stunning route.

Ride Details

Start Time : From 7.45am

Finish time : Cut off 7pm

Location : Slaidburn

What’s Included

  • GPX Files & Sign Posted Route
  • Regular Feed Stops and Mechanical Support
  • Ride marshalls on the route to support you
  • Post ride beers & food

Route Notes

Select Route:

The 100mile route features 6 main climbs and a total of around 3,500m of elevation. We start with the long Newton Fell (3.4km) before the steep Birdy Brow (averaging around 10% gradient). The most famous climb is the Trough of Bowland before the rise to the Jubilee Tower with views over to the coast. After a relatively flat section by feed stop two in Wray, the route then heads over the mighty Cross O' Greet before a quick descent back to Slaidburn. Wave goodbye to the medium routers as we head back across the moor .over Bowland Knotts and then hit High Hill Lane at Settle before a quick last 30km.

Key Climbs

Distance Elevation Avg Gradient Segment
Newton Fell 3.4km 228m 6.7%
Birdy Brow 1.9km 182m 9.7%
Trough of Bowland 2.1km 129m 6.2%
Cross O' Greet 5.7km 205m 3.1%
Bowland Knotts 2,3km 152m 6.6%
High Hill Lane 3.8km 217m 5.8%

Feed Stops

Location Facilities
1 Dunsop Bridge (39km) Mechanic, OTE bars & gels, fruit, cakes, waffles, water, hydration.
2 Wray (75km) Mechanic, OTE bars & gels, fruit, cakes, waffles, water, hydration.
3 Eldroth (123km) Mechanic, OTE bars & gels, fruit, cakes, waffles, water, hydration.

The 100km route features 4 main climbs and a total of around 2,200m of elevation. The first half of the route is packed with one climb after another starting with the long Newton Fell (3.4km) before the steep Birdy Brow (averaging around 10% gradient). The most famous climb is the Trough of Bowland before the rise to the Jubilee Tower with views over to the coast. After a relatively flat section by feed stop two in Wray, the route then finishes with the mighty Cross O' Greet before a quick descent home.

Key Climbs

Distance Elevation Avg Gradient Segment
Newton Fell 3.4km 228m 6,7%
Birdy Brow 1.9km 182m 9.7%
Trough of Bowland 2.1km 129m 6.2%
Cross O' Greet 5.7km 205m 3.1%

Feed Stops

Location Facilities
1 Dunsop Bridge (39km) Mechanic, OTE bars & gels, fruit, cakes, waffles, water, hydration.
2 Wray (75km) Mechanic, OTE bars & gels, fruit, cakes, waffles, water, hydration.

Ride Rules

Riders should have water bottles, the route downloaded, suitable clothing & a bike in good condition. Helmets at all times are mandatory. We will email you Covid protocols  before the ride depending on the laws and guidelines at the time.

We are lucky enough to ride in beautiful places. We have a zero tolerance litter policy – there will be bins at each feed stop so please leave the area as you found it. Please be respectful of local drivers, riders, walkers etc. This is their home, we are just there to ride our bikes. On the ride, look after other cyclists. On narrow lanes & busy sections, don’t ride two a breast. No half wheeling. Take extra caution on the descents – the nature of these rides are that they will be full of tough climbs and technical descents. We will run through the major hazards before the ride but it is your responsibility to ride to your level. By signing up for this ride, you need to be in suitable physical shape for the ride.

What's Included

GPX Files & Sign Posted Route

Regular Feed Stops and Mechanical Support

Ride marshalls on the route to support you

Post ride beers & food

  • Introduction
  • Ride Details
  • Route Notes
  • Key Climbs
  • Feed Stops
  • Ride Rules