Konrad Manning’s been taking on the 3 peaks since 2003, and, like all of us, has a special place in his heart for the race. This includes the inevitable

The final run in to the event – billed as the world’s toughest cyclocross race – is the period most full of doubt, apprehension and soul searching. Even an experienced ‘Peaks’ racer cannot afford to take the race lightly as it will viciously expose any weakness in your fitness or race machinery.

In an update to his rapha.cc 2011 article, the CYCLOCROSSRIDER.COM editor gives a lovely flavour of what the 3 peaks cyclocross is to someone from the outside world.