As some of our long-standing clients will know by now, Operations Director Dave Haygarth is something of a cycling nut.
As obsessive about his bikes as he is about web development, there’s one particular event that has consumed him for 20 years now — the Three Peaks cyclocross race in North Yorkshire.
This weekend we’re proud to say that not one but two of our staff completed the ‘hardest cyclocross race in the world’ when Dave was joined by new project manager Steve Riley. Well done guys!
Cyclocross is an already niche sport but the Three Peaks is a niche within a niche, attracting only the truly dedicated (some would say the demented!).
The race involves the famous Yorkshire summits of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent …by bike.
The race is a total of 38 miles (4 classed as unrideable, with some punishing carrying on steep and pathless slopes).
The three hills add up to over 5000′ of climbing and the whole event is a brutal challenge on both bike and body.
Steve described the day: “Whilst there was no fear of me troubling the leader board, I was proud to race the against the elite of cyclocross and fell running at the Three Peaks, together with a smattering of strong internationals and an ex World Cup mountain biker. The weather was perfect with cloudless skies — a real Indian Summer.
“Dave did really well coming just outside the top 30, I was happy to get round in just under 5 hours and a much more modest position! An utterly, utterly unique event.”