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forest of bowland epic

Ride Overview

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 nearly 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

Long Route: 166km, 3439m
Medium Route: 94km, 2048m
Long Route Difficulty 4.5/5
Medium Route Difficulty 3.5/5

Key Climbs:

Newton Fell – 3.4km, 6.7% average gradient
Birdy Brow – 1.9km, 9.7%
Trough of Bowland – 2.1km, 6.2%
Cross O’ Greet – 5.7km, 3.1%
Bowland Knotts – 2,3km, 6.6%
High Hill Lane – 3.8km, 5.8%

Countdown to May 22nd

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.

The Route

Forest of Bowland Epic: May 22nd 2022

Pick between the 166km long route or 119km medium route in one of the UK’s most beautiful regions. Our Hardest Hundred Epic Series are as tough as they come so be prepared for a massive & unforgettable day on the bike.

Start Time: From 7.30am

Finish Time: Ride Village closes at 6pm

Long Route Cut Off: Through 100km checkpoint by 2.30pm

Start / Finish Location: Wray

Long Route

Long Route: 166km, 3439m

The 100mile route features 6 main climbs and a total of around 3,500m of elevation. We start out of Wray with the wild and glorious climb of Cross o Greets. We then head over Bowland Knotts before another climb and a descent back into Settle.

The punchy High Lane Hill comes straight out of Settle before rolling into Lancashire for the long Newton Fell (3.4km) and 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 and a fast rolling section home to for a well earned medal & beer.

Ride Difficulty: 4.5/5

Medium Route

Medium Route: 94km, 2048m

A tough medium route featuring four major climbs in this stunning region with very little flat.

Starting out from Wray, we hit the wild & rugged Cross o Greets, a long climb into remote moorland before heading down towards Clitheroe for the beautiful 3.4km Newton Fell. We head back into the Forest of Bowland for the short and steep Birdy Brow before hitting the Trough. The last 18km is the fastest section of the day with a very welcome descent after a punchy 75km!

Physical Difficulty: 3.5/5


Is the route marked?

Yes, the route is fully marked. We also suggest bringing a bike GPS to follow as well, we will send you a GPX file with the route one week before the ride.

How do I find out my start time?

Riders start in groups of maximum 6 at a time. We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.

Where is the start / finish?

The ride starts and finishes in Wray. There is free parking onsite as well as a toilets & refreshments.

What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?

It is important you prepare properly ensuring your bike is in good condition & physically ready for the challenge. If you have an accident or mechanical, we have support at the feeds and sweep van at the back.

What shall I pack with me for the ride?

You need to have two water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, cake, fruit & bars.

Do I get a medal at the finish?

Yes, when you finish the ride you will go through the finish line and get your hard earned UK’s Hardest Hundred medal.


Finishers Medal

Get to the finish and collect your well earned UK's Hardest Hundred Medal

Feed Stops

We have feed stops approx every 30 to 40kms with fruit, cakes, water, hydration tabs & sports bars / gels.

Fully marked route & timing chips

Focus just the stunning views & thrilling ride. The route is marked out all the way & you can check your time for the route at the end.

Race village at the finish

After an epic ride, grab a coffee, cake & more from the food trucks at the end. Free parking for the day & toilets & also included in your entry.

Chip timing

Check how you got on at the end with our ride results, sent out straight after the sportive.

Additional information

Route Type

Long Route, Medium Route


Long, Medium

Forest of Bowland Epic


SKU: 21HHN0522 Category: