The Brutal Tootle

An unsupported adventure by bike in the stunning Derbyshire countryside

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The BrutalTootle - What's that then ?

The BrutalTootle is an unsupported, unmarshalled adventure on the quiet roads, byways and bridleways of the glorious Peak District National Park.

With over 100 km and 2000 metres of ascent, the event is based on the reliability ride format, where not speed, but the ability to successfully complete an un-signed pre-determined route is the aim.

The event is the similar in concept to it's sister event, the Hardcore100. However this time we will be using some different trails that were not accessible due to the time of year.

Our idea is to get riders to think for themselves and not only test their riding skills but their ability to navigate.

The route is around 30% off road on bridleways and byways. We'd recommend you use either a gravel, cyclocross or mountain bike - using a skinny tyred racing bike would probably result in a good walk. We've tried to pick a route that is rideable whatever the weather and covers varied terrain. We've 30 years experience of riding around this area so hopefully we'll be able to show you some of our favourite trails.

We have purposely not included any feed stations at the event. We would rather you bought food and drink on route to help our local small businesses and contribute to the communities you are riding through.

However there will be tea, coffee and cake available at the event HQ when you get back from your ride. We think you'll have earned it by then !

We'll send you a GPX file with the route details on 48 hours before the event start. This way we can keep you in suspense as long as possible !



The Brutal Tootle starts from the village of Holmesfield on the edge of the Peak District. From there the route heads off and explores some of the best bridleways, unclassified roads and country lanes that the area has to offer. The route is approximately 30% off road, but this will seem like longer as you go slower when there is not tarmac under your tyres. The exact route will be kept secret to entrants until around a week before the event. That way we can keep you guessing and stop you getting a sneeky recce in.

Interested ? - Contact us


The Brutal Tootle is happening on September 30th. The event HQ is Holmesfield Village Hall.

Registration will open at 8am and the event HQ will close at 5 pm

A few days before the event we will send you a rider briefing pack. This will include a GPX file with the route on and course notes.

Interested ? - Contact us

Let's Get In Touch!

Want to know more? That's great! Give us a call or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Enter here. Please note there are no entries on the day.

01246 477436

Velotastic, 35 Clocktower Business Centre,
Works Road, Hollingwood, Chesterfield S43 2PE

The Brutal Tootle is a Velotastic production. The event is entered at the riders own risk.


The Brutal Tootle is an unsupported, unmarshalled ride accross quiet roads, byways and bridleways in the Peak District National Park. We like to keep things simple, however to help us, the communities and the environment you are riding through we do have a few rules to avoid us having sleepless nights worrying about you.

  • Any riders under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. All riders under 18 must enter with their parents permission.
  • The event is held on open roads. All riders should obey the highway code.
  • Please where a helmet.
    If you don't you're nothing to do with us.
  • This is not a race. It is not timed, there are no prizes for getting back first.
    If you want to race go to a different kind of event and pin a number on your back.
  • This event is unsupported and unmarshalled.
    We don't offer mechanical support so make sure your bike works before you ride.
  • The route is not signed. You will have to follow a GPX file that will be provided.
    If you can't follow a map this event is probably not for you.
  • Riders should carry a spare inner tube, pump, multi-tool, waterproof.
    It is recommended that you carry a basic first aid kit and some money for food and drink.
  • Please sign on at the start before you ride and when you finish.
    If you drop out please let us know.
  • Don't be an idiot.
    Slow down for walkers and horse riders and be nice to motorists.
  • Please take any litter home with you.
  • Bar an apocalyptic event, the Brutal Tootle will go ahead. No refunds will be given.