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