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UK's Hardest Hundred: Forest of Bowland Epic

Settle, North Yorkshire

Settle, England, United Kingdom

Sun 22nd May 2022

Starting at 08:00

2 races


Organiser's Description


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


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%


  • Forest of Bowland Epic


    Long Route

  • Forest of Bowland Epic


    Medium Route



  • Forest of Bowland Epic


    Long Route

  • Forest of Bowland Epic


    Medium Route


What's Included

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

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

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.

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.

  • 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.

Course Details

Long Route: 166km, 3439m

The 100mile route features 6 main climbs and a total of around 3,500m of elevation. We start out of Settle with the punchy High Lane Hill 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. 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 to Slaidburn. From here we head back across the moor and over Bowland Knotts before one last lump and a descent back into Settle.

Medium Route: 119km, 2343m

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

Starting out from Settle we head straight into Lancashire and get the legs warmed up before the first named climb of the day – The Trough of Bowland. This stunning climb through the trough is a top 100 climb but one where you can find a rythme and keep spinning.
The last two climbs are rugged, wild and beautiful. First up is the Cross o Greets, a long climb into remote moorland before heading up back over the moors and a rare bit of flat road getting you home to Settle.


  • 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 Settle. 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.


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: Settle


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