Cyclists take on UK’s toughest cyclo-cross challenge in Yorkshire Dales

PIC: Simon Hulme
PIC: Simon Hulme
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Hundreds of cyclists took part in the UK’s toughest cyclo-cross challenge staged in the Yorkshire Dales

The 54th 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross Challenge covers 38 miles - and four of them are physically unrideable due to the severity of the steep incline.

Throughout the course, which started out at Helwith Bridge with a five mile escort, there was 5000 feet of climbing.

One of the steepest sections is Simon Fell, pictured.

It is a ridge on the Ingleborough section which develops into one of the most challenging summits across the route.

After the climb, competitors got back on their bikes to take on the rest of the challenge which passed through Chapel-Le-Dale, Whernside, Ribblehead, Pen-y-ghent and back to Helwith Bridge to cross the finish line.

The first man home was Paul Oldham in 2h, 58m.

He was followed by team-mate Rob Jebb just 36 seconds afterwards.

Both men are part of the British team, Hope Factory Racing.

Third place was Nick Craig from Scott Racing in 3h 07m.