The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of those rare gems in the British landscape, a place where there’s space to breathe, think, to see, and to ride, for miles and miles - ideal for the Pennine sportive, the Pedaler Adventure Cross event.
Comprising of open moors and peatlands, tucked away dales, meadows and woodlands, it’s a diverse and beautiful area crisscrossed with a network of bridleways, forest roads, byways, old railway lines, quiet tarred lanes and roads making it a fantastic landscape to explore by bike and a perfect Adventure Cross ride. This is Pennines cycling at its fullest.
The Pennine Pedaler Adventure Cross is a new route for the 2017 season. We think it offers a different challenge from the other events in the Adventure Cross series as there are simply so many different types of surface and terrain to be tackled.
Both the Massif (long) and Mini Massif (short) routes start with a bang and begin with a road climb out of Weardale before topping out on the moors and taking to the first off-road sector on the Waskerley Way.
A series of minor roads over moors and down dales follow before the both routes get into the heart of the countryside and the off-road sectors start flowing thick and fast. The Mini Massif is a 77km / 48-mile-long journey which has nine off road sectors which comprise 37km / 23 miles of the total distance. Add in a not so mini 1,575m of ascent and it’s a Mini Massif that will be a proper big day out.
The Massif route is 102km’s / 64 miles long with 11 off road sectors totalling 40km / 25 miles. With 2,115m of ascent it’s going to be a grand day on the bike and definitely one that’s best suited to a cross bike or a lightweight hardtail.
The routes have a very wide range of different off-road surfaces from gritty tracks, muddy byways, moorland single track, hard-packed gravel and bridleways through grassy fields. There really is a bit of everything in the Pennine Pedaler.
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing Award you achieved, will be displayed on the Website. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
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Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.