About the BB

The orignal Bowland Badass route was devised as a local club’s summer challenge ride.  It was first ridden in 2011. In 2012 it was opened up to all comers as an ultra-sportive. Check out the 2012 event report and results pages. The Badass route for 2012 is unchanged for 2013.

View the Bowland Badass route on mapmyride

Map of the 2012 Bowland Badass

Profile of the 2012 Bowland Badass

Total distance: 166.48 miles

Total ascent: 18,534.8 feet

Total descent: -18,538.1 feet

Total ascent distance: 70.53 miles

Total descent distance: 72.52 miles

Total level distance: 23.43 miles

% of ascent: 42.4%

% of descent: 43.6%

% of level: 14.1%

Don’t get into the detail about why the distances don’t quite match up precisely. Our TechnicalExpert tells us it’s something to do with the intricacies of the software. Just concentrate on the headline figure. Yes, that’s right. You’ll spend over 70 miles going uphill…….. Yes, this route is hard, very, very hard. But it’s do-able. We know this because we’ve done it. And you’ll do it too if you get your nutrition/hydration right and don’t go at it like a complete nutter. Just think of it as a long succession of hill climbs all strung together and you’ll have some idea about how to approach it.

These are some, but by no means all, of the hills on the Badass. You can see write ups of all the hills in the Bowland Badass Climbs section………

Starts at (mile) Length (miles) Starts at (feet) Finishes at (feet) Height gain (feet) Average % gradient
6.67 2 258 637 379 3.6
24.97 0.54 423 690 267 9.4
27.44 2.18 304 930 626 5.4
34.34 1.89 563 1003 440 4.4
40.74 1.27 329 657 328 4.9
47.52 1.3 376 759 383 5.6
49.23 0.92 643 956 313 6.4
57.17 0.97 585 865 280 5.5
64.35 2.01 400 756 356 3.4
71.77 3.28 608 1388 780 4.5
82.33 4.73 509 1396 887 3.6
89.82 0.67 829 1052 223 6.3
97.15 2.29 414 1166 752 6.2
106.20 2.9 469 1136 667 4.4
110.22 0.49 717 982 265 10.2
115.04 0.91 489 969 480 10.0
120.72 0.68 171 563 392 10.9
127.30 1.55 79 368 289 3.5
134.39 0.74 187 632 445 11.4
138.25 0.82 663 928 265 6.1
142.90 0.74 381 564 183 4.7
143.71 0.48 518 689 171 6.7
145.71 1.01 485 753 268 5.0
149.40 0.22 280 365 85 7.3
151.20 1.3 490 760 270 3.9
154.31 0.39 527 572 45 2.2
159.70 0.23 188 258 70 5.8

A word about average % gradient…..the average figure does not reflect the steepness of certain pitches on these hills!

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