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Riding in the tyre tracks of legends




upGRADES is an exhilarating challenge that takes in some of the toughest climbs in the Peak District. Inspired by the Matlock Top 10 previously promoted by *Dark White Cycling, upGRADES is on well surfaced roads (unlike the Spring Classic!) and can be ridden on your best summer bike. It is an opportunity to test your hard-earned summer fitness on some of the most feared climbs in the UK.

upGRADES is an homage to the National Hill Climb Championships. The championships are promoted by Cycling Time Trials on the last Sunday in October, and they are held on a different climb every year. Four climbs on the upGRADES route have previously hosted the championships, meaning you will literally be riding in the tyre tracks of hill climbing legends past and present.

With this in mind, if you who are riding this years national championships on Prospect HillupGRADES will serve as an excellent training event being just 6 weeks before the championships.

*I have approval from Dark White Cycling for the promotion of upGRADES

15 Sept '24

South Wingfield, DERBYSHIRE

  • Welcoming HQ at South Wingfield Social Club (Directions to DE55 7LX)

  • Toilets, parking and a place to leave your kit

  • Pre-ride bacon or sausage cobs**

  • Fully signed route

  • Water/snack station

  • Post ride food** and a free drink from the bar

  • GPX files

  • Ride number

  • There will be goodies - I just need to decide what these will be and sort them out!

** Veggie/vegan and GF options will be available.

For full event information, download the Roadbook (coming soon).


The Route


The route has been tested out by myself and a willing(?!) volunteer. Click here for our ride which includes the upGRADES segment. This version is slightly shorter than the planned route, but retains all of the climbs. 

The route will be finalised in August to take into account last minute logistics, but it will contain all of the climbs and won't be much different to the planned route.

Don't feel you can manage the whole route? No problem - there will be short cuts!



Chris .......... this sounds EPIC ........ with a capital E,P I and C !!

Rapid Rich Stoodley


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