Have you got what it takes to bike the Hill Billy event?

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Keen cyclists have been invited to raise some charity cash by taking part in the Bradwell Hill Billy cycle sportive.

Now established as one of the most challenging sportive routes in the UK cycling calendar, the Bradwell Hill Billy has opened entries for the 2016 event, which will be taking place on Sunday, June 26.

Dubbed the Peak District’s Fred Whitton due to its tough seven hill route and 2,300m of ascent, the Hill Billy attracts local cyclists as well as those from further afield looking for a day of hardcore cycling in staggeringly beautiful scenery.

First organised to raise money for the financially struggling Bradwell village Pre School in 2014, the event immediately established itself as one of the most challenging in the sporting calendar. This third year of the event is expected to attract 200 cyclists to the Hope Valley village of Bradwell.

Event organiser Laura Mannion said: “We’re very proud of our village hospitality. Your legs may be ready to drop off by the end but we make it up to you with free soup and homemade cake and flapjack as you finish, if that’s any consolation.”

Entrance costs £25 for the seven hill, and £22 for the five hill route. Visit: www.bradwellhillbilly.co.uk for more.