Sunday 19th May| 08.30am

Adult (age 18+): £50 

Price includes all three days of Festival: access to Big Top live music, daytime speaker sessions, and activities

Back O’Skiddaw 72k

A great event open to cycle sportive enthusiasts looking for something shorter and occasionally furious on the climbs!

The Back O’Skiddaw 72k sportive is graded as 2 out of 5 in the British Cycling sportive grading system, making it a moderately hilly half-day road ride in the Lake District! This ride has approximately 650 metres of ascent with an expected completion time of between 2.5 and 5 hours.

The course is fully tarmac, ranging from steeply undulating narrow single track, gated farm roads, to the quieter B and A roads in the area. If you’re new to cycling events then this is a great place to start but this sportive can also be enjoyed by cycling enthusiasts looking for a great day out.

This ride is open to electric and adapted bikes (please note there are 6 gates on the route that may require opening and closing). As a potential participant you must study the ride information carefully and be confident that you can complete this ride comfortably before entering.


Download your gpx file here > 

Route Map

What’s Included

  • Free photograph
  • Electronic chip timing
  • 1 x feed station
  • Event t-shirt (unless you choose to donate cost of T Shirt to our Catbells Conservation project with Fix the Fells)
  • Hydration will be provided.
  • Your sports entry includes access to Big Top Live Music, daytime Tent Talks, and all activities ALL WEEKEND (Friday to Sunday)

event location

The Festival Village is located adjacent to The Theatre By The Lake close to Derwentwater.

Address: Lakeside
CA12 5DJ

Previous Results

Finishers List 2021

Finishers List 2019


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It is possible that events and courses at KMF may need to be amended at short notice due to weather issues, water levels, road conditions or road works.

By nature, many of these factors are not possible to know well in advance. For each event there are a number of alternative options available which can be implemented at short notice. The organisers and race directors will always have athlete and spectator safety as the highest priority, and within that context will seek to provide the best possible experience.All sporting events would be impacted if the KMF Festival Village has to be closed. In this instance, as long as circumstances allow, all starts and finishes would be relocated to Lake Road and Lakeside Car Park and the events operated as smoothly as possible.

There are numerous route options available as a contingency for the sportive, depending upon the reason for the re-routing. We would re-mark and re-marshal the course in any scenario.

Athlete guide

Your athlete guide will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks before the event date, and also available to download here.

Please make sure you read this prior to coming to the event, it will answer most if not all of your questions.

We welcome all outdoor sport enthusiasts to Keswick Mountain Festival and want to make the event as inclusive as possible. The document (link below for download) aims to give you all the information you need to allow you to make a decision about visiting the Festival and entering one of the events. Everyone has their own needs for information, so please contact us to discuss how we can support you in your chosen sport. Please email as soon as possible.

KMF has a dedicated Accessibility Zone with various exhibitors and sports providers. Please visit our accessible page on the website to see what’s on and to book onto the dedicated accessible activities

Download Sportive Accessible Guide >

Download General Sport Accessible Guide >

Check out Accessibility Zone Page on website > 



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