3 Peaks Cyclo-cross Race
Posted 10th October 2012
The world’s hardest cyclo-cross race?
So cyclo-cross season is upon us and with Tim Granshaw’s and Paul Hopkins’ infectious enthusiasm rubbing off on us here at CycleTechReview.com, we decided to get you in the mood (or put you off for life) with this stunning film of the tortuous 3 Peaks Cyclo-cross Race from cycling photography legend, Geoff Waugh.
The 3 Peaks Cyclo-cross Race is a tough event held in the bleak hills of Yorkshire in northern England. Its a hard place to ride a bike at the best of times, even on the road, so to meet safety requirements each competitor must carry a survival blanket and a whistle in case they get into difficulty.
The event is the longest – covering some 38 miles of which 34 is rideable and 18 is on ‘roads’ – and biggest cross race in the UK, with over 500 finishers in 2012.
Riders climb over 5000 feet and this year took anywhere from 3 to 7 hours to complete the event.
For the 2012 edition it rained a lot making the going particularly atrocious and that combined with strong winds made for a particularly tough race.
Hope Technology’s Rob Jebb won the race overall, with JD Cycles’ Victoria Wilkinson the first woman home.
Expect a lot more cyclo-cross, including some actual tech, either technology or technique, from our resident experts over the coming months on CycleTechReview.com…