T IS FOR THREE PEAKS
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.