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UK's Hardest Hundred: Forest of Bowland

Slaidburn, Lancashire

Slaidburn, Lancashire

Sat 22nd May 2021

Starting at 08:45

1 race


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 over 3,500m of elevation and 6 big climbs in 100 miles. Tackle the famous Trough of Bowland, the wild and rugged Cross O’Greet, and some classic local climbs on this stunning route.


  • UK's Hardest Hundred: Forest of Bowland



  • UK's Hardest Hundred: Forest of Bowland

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


Slaidburn, Lancashire

How To Get There

Road Directions

Leave M6 Motorway at junction 31 and follow the A59 where Slaidburn will be signposted.

Public Transport Directions

Clitheroe Interchange is about 8 miles away.

Buses from the Interchange serve many of the surrounding major towns and a number of the smaller rural villages, including Slaidburn.

Rail services from the Interchange run to Rochdale via Blackburn and Manchester Victoria, and also through to Settle and Carlisle

Course Details

The 100 mile 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.


Start Time : From 7.45am

Finish time : Cut off 7pm

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.



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