Rouleur magazine’s Claire Reed put together a nice piece here in advance of this year’s race. Some nice moments relating to John Rawnsley, and Messers Jebb, Craig and Salmon.
The concept is simple enough: traverse the peaks of Ingleborough (723 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres). The execution is anything but, both for the organisers and for the competitors. Nowadays the route is 38 miles long – 17 of them on the road, 21 unsurfaced, three to five unrideable. Only ‘cross bikes with drop handlebars are permitted. WH Paul’s vision of hundreds of riders running, jumping and scrambling ultimately wasn’t far off the mark.
Source: Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross