Dave Powell and Jason Miles tackled the inaugural “Bowland Badass” last weekend – a road cycling event with a somewhat challenging route. 166 miles and 18,500 feet of ascent in total of most of the big hills in Lancashire was definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Despite a few mechanical problems along the way, including 3 punctures caused by debris on the road from the recent floods in the area, the lads reached the finish line less than 12 hours later in 4th and 5th place.

The Bowland Badass starts and finishes in Garstang, near Preston. It costs hardly anything to enter and includes three feed stations, full signage and cheery marshals at most of the major road crossings. Saying that the route is ‘hilly’ isn’t doing it justice at all.

Click for Jason’s and Dave’s own accounts of the ride.