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The 3 Peaks Preview

The 3 Peaks is the toughest and biggest cyclocross race in the country, it takes place in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend, as it has done since it was first held back in 1961.

It's that time of year again, when over 200 cyclists with thin, knobbly tyres try and navigate their way up, down and through the Yorkshire wilderness. Carried out over a distance of 38 miles (61km) in the best or worst weather the north of England can throw at them, the 3 Peaks is  the toughest cyclocross race on the UK calendar, and like any classic endurance event, the 3 Peaks breeds tales of heroics, stupidity and incredibly bad weather.

Planet X Three Pikes cyclocross event 1960'sFirst held in 1961, the route has changed little, still taking in the initial near vertical ascent of Ingleborough (2,373ft), a meteorological battering on Whernside (2,414ft), and the final hands and knees crawl over Penyghent (2,273ft). The first race was won by 21 year-old John Rawnsley from Bradford in a time of 3hrs 21mins, still an incredbley strong time. However, one name that sums up the 3 Peaks in the modern era must be Rob Jebb, British fell running legend, world skyrunning champion and, 9 times 3 Peaks champion, is back this year to race for his tenth title. But, if one race is all about the taking part (or surviving), perhaps the 3 Peaks would be it. Check out the video below, it sums it up better than any words could:

Our own Alan Dorrington (aka CrossJunkie), star cyclocross blogger and Planet X rider is of course riding again this year,unfortunately not accompanied by team mate Dave Haygarth, who's absent through injury. Alan and Dave have been prototyping our new, soon to be released, titanium 'cross bike, but more on that at a later date. Over the last 30 days Alan has been keeping a rather brilliant countdown to this weekends mayhem, read it here.

Alan Dorrington training for 2 Peaks race
Alan in training mode for the 3 Peaks

 

Lets hope for some sunshine, but expect some rain, wish those riding it good luck and hopefully next week we'll have a nice race report to offer up to you.

27 September 2013