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Bostin Diablo Sportive

Bostin' Diablo Sportive

July 09 2023
West Midlands, UK
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Distances: 70, 120, 160 km
Difficulty: Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills

For some time we have wanted to create a second Peak District sportive and satisfy the requests from some to ride a more demanding set of routes. Well 2019 gives us the opportunity to do just that. We are very proud to be able to present to you our new Bostin' Diablo Sportive.

The all new Diablo Sportive ('Diablo' in Spanish means Devil!) is our longest and most challenging of our 2019 cycling events with some substantial climbs on some of the routes - however we think that you will find that the end justifies the means - a great day out in wonderful countryside with tremendous views.

To go with the new routes we also bring you a new venue at Ormiston Horizon Academy at Tunstall, just North East of Stoke-on-Trent.

All three of the Bostin' Diablo Sportive routes follow the same exit out of the HQ, and proceed through the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent heading South East towards the lure of the countryside. At Forsbrook the routes turn northward, over rolling hills, towards the High Street of the pretty market town of Cheadle and beyond. After crossing the Churnet Valley Railway at Froghall the combined routes get a bit more serious with the first real climb of the day up through the pretty hamlet of Foxt and then up on to the Ipstones Edge with its wonderful views. After that enjoy a rest-bite of a 2 mile descent, past a very large and impressive cement works (it takes all-sorts!), down into Waterhouse and then on to the first feed station.

Shortly, after you have enjoyed some feed station goodies, all riders continue out of Waterfall before the Bronze riders turn left and start heading North West, following the edge of the National Park, up the rise onto Moor Side and the highest point on the Bronze route. Spectacular views over the market town of Leek to your left, as you climb,

Meanwhile, the Gold and Silver riders continue North up onto Grindon Moor before dropping down and through the spectacular tunnel at Swainsley - not one to miss - before following the Manifold Valley for a while then on to picturesque Ilam, Thorpe and Tissington villages before climbing onwards up Pinder's Rock towards Longcliffe. Shortly after Longcliffe the routes separate. The Silver route heads West towards its second feed station while the Gold route heads further North up over the Limestone Way towards Youlgreave and Monyash before reuniting with the Silver route just before the feed station at Biggin.

After some much needed free sustenance, the riders head West through lovely Peak District countryside to a fork in the road where the Gold route goes right and the Silver route goes left.

At this point we shall, for the first time, offer our Silver riders a free bonus. If they want to they can divert off their chosen route here and join the Gold route and cycle up and around the famous "Roaches" outcrop,  This will increase the length of their ride by 8K (5 miles) and add some 83m (271 feet) of additional climbing to their legs  - totally optional on the day but would be well worth the extra effort!

Whichever route the riders take they will all eventually drop down towards Meerbrook and the expanse of water, mudflats and reeds, known as Tittesworth Reservoir. By this point all three routes are back together as they continue South West homeward bound towards the ride HQ. Riding through the last of the open countryside the riders will experience the short, sharp rise at Blackwood before entering the Stoke conurbation and the anticipation of the finish line.

The Bostin' Diablo Sportive - some devilish climbs but added to stunning scenery and the sense of achievement there is surely no better way to spend time in the great British countryside!

Bostin Diablo Sportive

Start Located At: Ormiston Horizon Academy, Turnhurst Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on Trent Staffordshire ST6 6JZ
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refreshments at registration
feed stations with toilets
water, cakes
bespoke medal
on-course photography

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Changing Rooms
Registration On the Day
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Finishing Medals
Downloadable GPS files
Post Ride Shower
Feed / Aid Stations
Pre Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry