Venetian Nights


210km cycling event starting from Macclesfield, Cheshire. Controls at Bunbury, The Roaches, Matlock and Macclesfield., plus 3 information controls.

A ride of two halves. First 100k is a flat ride across Cheshire with the second 100k going over the Peaks, the new 'Van of Delights' will provide food twice during the ride. Some cycle paths but fine on road tyres.

A light breakfast provided at the start before a flat and fast 100k over Cheshire then a lumpy 100 over the Peak. Firstly, for a brisk warm up, westwards across the plain to the turn at Bunbury, then , to warm you up some more, eastwards over the plain and then, south of Congleton, /UP\ and over the White Peak to the Derwent Valley at Matlock. Next, for relaxation, southwards following the river to Matlock Bath where you find The Autumn Illuminations and Venetian Nights in progress. Tarry a while? Then, a night ride ( probably) along 12 miles of the High Peak Trail, no traffic, no lighting, no quiet villages, in fact not much of anything, just you and the starry starry night (if you’re lucky) and, of course, no hills –the trail, an old railway, takes you almost right across The Peak on the flat. Finally over Axe Edge and the 7 mile descent of The Cat and Fiddle to land on a carpet of stars in that other great City Of Light – Macclesfield!! Food provided at the start, twice during the ride plus a Four Corners welcome at the finish. No entries on the line.

Event Date and Location

200 km (210 km) in 14h42
08:00 to finish by 22:42
Starting from:
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Closing Date:
Enter soon as entries may close early if event is full

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. We are currently unable to accept online entries for non-member riders under the age of 18. If you are under 18, please complete a postal entry. Parents should note the information on the entry form and be aware that this is an individual ride without leaders.

Event Information

14.3-25 km/h
Four Corners Audax
Audax Points:
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Organiser Information

Shaun Hargreaves

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Download routesheet (.zip) updated 18 09 2019
Download GPS (.zip) updated 16 09 2019


Food and/or drink may be available en route
Food and/or drink may be available en route
GPS files available from organiser
GPS files available from organiser
Secur(ish) luggage storage at start
Secur(ish) luggage storage at start
Parking at start
Parking at start

Event Weather Information

Start Location

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Route Map

Venetian Nights

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