the start: the course starts at the post box near the junctions of buxton rd (long hill), mevrill rd and vaughn rd /manor rd. the start is approx ½ mile from hq.turn right after exiting the hq and head south along the a5004. continue straight on over the cross roads. the start is ¼ mile after the crossroads. the course: the course heads up long hil through the trees, finally coming out just before the shady oak pub in fernilee, no stopping for a quick pint!! the climb increases in gradient after the pub. the higher gradient continues past the half way point and up onto the most exposed part of the course which is a long straight. following the long straight, there is small descent followed by a left hand bend, which, depending on the wind direction, provides a welcome break from the wind. from here the road starts to steepen in gradient again through the trees and onto the start of the final run to the finish. the finish: the finish will be at the car parked on the left hand side layby just before the right hand turning signed goyt valley from here, the road continues down to the left. riders are asked to continue down to the second layby where a van will be situated. your extra clothing will be here ready for your descent back down to the h.q.