Frequently Asked Questions


What is the 3 Peaks Classic?

The 3 Peaks Classic is a cyclosportive, or sportive for short. Sportives are long distance, organised, on-road cycling events, which involve completing a set route. Sportive events typically range from 50 to 150 miles and run all year round. Sportive routes usually take in the most challenging roads in their area, with long, steep climbs and descents, testing all-round bike riding skills rather than flat out speed. A typical Sportive might include transponder timing, generous feedstations, breakdown recovery and a fully signed route, with GPS downloads available. Many events have multiple route options, meaning that the whole event is attractive to a wide range of riders.


Is it a race?

A sportive is not a race. You will be timed around the course so you can compare your time to those around you, but the event takes place on public roads that will not be closed to traffic. You must obey the highway code and the law at all times.


Who can enter?

Anyone can enter the 3 Peaks Classic provided they are over 16 years of age. The event is open to riders of all abilities from those looking to challenge themselves for the first time over some of the most scenic roads in Britain to seasoned riders looking for a fully supported great ride out.


Where does the ride go?

The 3 Peaks Classic rides are completely on-road around the lanes and roads of the Yorkshire Dales passing the famous 3 peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough and taking in iconic locations such as the Ribblehead viaduct, the Dent viaduct and Thornton Lane. For detailed routes maps, downloads for you GPS and Google Earth files, see our detailed route page here


Are the roads closed?

The event takes place on public roads that will not be closed. It is your responsibility to ride within your own ability at all times and to obey the law and the highway code. Any marshals or support vehicles are there for safety and support. They are not there to direct traffic and have no power to do so. Our marshals are encouraged to report any unlawful riding and riders breaking the law will be removed from the event without further notice. For this reason you must display all numbers as instructed on your bike and anyone not doing so will be removed from the event.


How do I enter?

Visit the registration page on our website, or visit the British Cycling website where you will be able to register. Entries will be open until all places have been filled, after which time we will open a waiting list. If all places are not filled, entries will close one week before the event. It may be possible to enter on the day. Please check the registration page or contact us to check whether this is possible.


Is there a minimum age to enter?

You must be 16 years or older to enter.


Why is there a cost?

The 3 Peaks Classic is a supported ride, providing support such as food, mechanical assistance, insurance & first aid. The cost of the entry covers this and also makes a donation to charity. Part of your entry fee also goes to British Cycling to invest in grass roots cycling. By entering and paying the fee you are supporting good causes and ensuring support can be provided to riders.


How fit do I need to be?

You need a reasonable level of fitness to take part in a sportive as they are challenging rides with steep climbs. You don’t have to be a pro cyclist but a reasonable level of preparation is essential. If you have any medical conditions or are unsure about your fitness you should consult a doctor before taking part.


What sort of bike do I need?

A lightweight road bike is the best bet for a sportive. Many manufacturers produce sportive specific models and if you spend £600 - £1,000 you will get an excellent bike for a sportive. Using a mountain bike is possible but it will make the ride more challenging. Even a low cost, entry level road bike will be worth the money as the rolling resistance from the tyres and the weight will be much lower and will make the ride much easier.


What should I bring?

You should bring enough food and spare clothing for a day riding your bike in any weather. We will have feed stations en-route but these are to support your own nutritional strategy and should not be relied upon to provide you with all the energy you will need for the ride. The weather can be changeable and unpredictable and you should be prepared for all eventualities. It is also a good idea to bring a spare inner-tube or two, some tyre levers, a multitool and puncture repair kit.


Don’t forget your bike.


What should I wear?

You should be prepared for any eventuality and ensure you have sufficient clothing in case the weather turns. Wearing close-fitting lycra cycling clothing is a good idea. Cycling shoes and clipless pedals are a good idea as they make pedalling more efficient, but practice with them beforehand. A helmet is mandatory for those under 18 and strongly recommended for all riders. A helmet is required to affix your timing chip so if you choose not to wear one there is a risk your time won’t be recorded.


Do I need a map and to find my own way round?

The routes will be fully signed and there will be static and motorcycle marshals en-route. However, signs can be vandalised, come loose or be lost and ultimately it is your own responsibility to find your way around the course. We publish a map on the admin pages of the website so it is a good idea to bring this, just in case.


Do I need to provide my own food and drink?

We provide generous feed stations on route, but these should be seen as a method to supplement and support your own feeding strategy. Bear in mind that feed stations may run out of food and you should be able to sustain yourself throughout the ride.


What facilities will there be at the start & finish?

There will be a range of facilities at the start and finish, including the event control, toilets and food & drink supplies. There will also be parking at the start and finish.


What facilities will be on the course?

We have feedstations with basic tools for repairs and marshalls to help with the gates on Thornton Lane. There will also be a broom wagon that will sweep the course at the end as well as a support car to return you to the start if you are unable to carry on.


Where do I find my event numbers information pack?

Registration will open on the morning of the event. At registration you will be given your goody bag as well as your event numbers. The event information pack and other useful information will be held on the admin pages of the website approximately shortly before the event.


Do I need to finish in a set time?

There will be a set time when the course is officially closed and the feedstations will close. You are under no obligation to stop at this point and may continue at your own risk.

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