This year the Bostin' Peaks Sportive was based at the Rocester Football Club, just North East of Uttoxeter, and all three routes began by heading further East than normal through Cubley and Alkmonton and on along the Roman road called, appropriately, Longlane before turning North through Kirk Langley and Mercaston. Here they began to rise up to Hulland Ward and then on to Carsington Water and the first feed station of the day at Hognaston, for some much needed refreshment.
After a brief stop, all riders turned left out of the feed station and continued heading up and North. At Bradbourne the Bronze riders turned East and headed off towards a ford and rode up over Wibben Hill, through roaming farm animals, and on to the picture-postcode village of Tissington and then onwards to Thorpe.
I took the gamble of positioning myself on a hill on part of the Bronze route, so unfortunately, I missed all Silver and Gold route riders.