T IS FOR THREE PEAKS

Cycling Weekly - - FEATURE -

Com­pris­ing a sin­gle 38-mile loop in the York­shire Dales with long stretches of un­ride­able gra­di­ent, the Three Peaks looks like noth­ing else on the Bri­tish cy­clo-cross cal­en­dar. First run in 1961, this clas­sic race pre-dates moun­tain bikes, which would in places be a much more sen­si­ble choice of ma­chine and are there­fore banned. As are time trial bikes, which rid­ers started us­ing in the 90s for the stretches of road that link In­gle­bor­ough, Wh­ern­side and Pen-yghent. In­spired by the renowned hik­ing chal­lenge, the first tra­verse of the Three Peaks by bike is thought to have been made by 14-year-old Skip­ton school boy Kevin Wat­son in 1959.

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