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UK's Hardest Hundred: Lake District Epic

Coniston, Cumbria

Coniston, England, United Kingdom

Sun 3rd July 2022

Starting at 08:00

2 races


Organiser's Description


Take on the 100 mile or 100km route on one of the toughest routes in the UK. The stunning Lake District provides both iconic cycling climbs and breath taking scenery to enjoy when you're not chewing your stem. Both routes take in Hardknott & Wrynose along with some great local climbs. A very punchy but classic UK ride.

LONG ROUTE: 170KM, 3952M


Key Climbs:
Corney Fell -3.9km, 7.3% average gradient
Hardknott Pass – 2.6km, 12.1%
Wrynose Pass – 1.8km, 8.1%
The Struggle – 4.6km, 8.4%


  • Lake District Epic


    Long Route

  • Lake District Epic


    Medium Route



  • Lake District Epic


    Long Route

  • Lake District 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.

  • Enjoy the glorious Lakes: One of the most stunning parts of the UK, there is no better way to see the Lake District then on a bike.
  • Climb some of the most iconic climbs in the country: Both routes take in the legendary Hardknott Pass, a must ride for any British cyclist. Add in Wrynose, The Struggle and more and you will be ticking off your bucket list climbs all day.
  • Lakeside riding: Most of the riding is up & down but there are a couple of lovely flatter sections by Lake Windemere & Coniston Water to help your legs recover.

Course Details

Long Route: 170km, 3952m

One of the toughest rides in the UK. We start on Coniston Water and just have one climb in the first 37km before we hit the super tough stuff. The next 40km is as hard as it gets with non stop ups and downs. First up is Corney Fell, almost 4km at over 7% before hitting the toughest 1-2 in the UK, Hardknott followed by Wrynose.

After getting back to Coniston, the long route heads to Ambleside and the aptly named The Struggle – 4.6km at over 8%. From here it’s easier on the way back with only a couple of lumps, including Cartmel Fell, to get over before arriving back at Coniston for a well earned medal.

Medium Route: 98km, 2352m

A very punchy 100km taking in three classic climbs and a number of great local climbs on a sportive that goes up and down for most of the route.

The start & finish is slightly easier but the middle half is packed with monster climbs including Corney Fell & the two hardest back to back climbs in the country: Hardknott & Wrynose. It’s (mostly) downhill from here and a welcome return in Coniston for a hard earned medal.


  • 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 Coniston. 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.

on the day

Start Time: From 7.30am

Finish Time: Ride Village closes at 6pm

Long Route Cut Off: Must be past the route split (97km) by 2pm

Start / Finish Location: Coniston


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