Lord of the Loops 113km MTB epic | Jack and Joe’s toughest challenge yet

Jack and Joe take on the 110km Lord of the Loops

Way back in the summer of 2019, Rotor set Jack and Joe a challenge to ride its new 1×13 gravel/road groupset over the length of the 283km Reivers way in a single day


It was an amazing adventure and, with Rotor recently releasing the mountain bike version of the groupset, the pair were given the opportunity to bag another epic route. However, this time, it was to be a true off-road mountain bike adventure. 

Once again, the chosen route was up to Jack and Joe, but this is where things started to get a little tricky — the previous video was filmed at the height of summer, whereas this one was to be filmed during a particularly wet period of weather in autumn.

The pair had lots of routes in mind across the UK, but the weather just wasn’t playing ball, with blanket rain forecast during the filming week. 

Good friend of BikeRadar and videographer for the shoot, Tom Wragg, came to the rescue, however, suggesting a lesser-known route in the Peak District called The Lord of the Loops. 

This brutal 105km route starts and finishes in Fairholmes in the Peak District and packs in over 4,000m of climbing.  

Safe to say, it would be a big challenge for both of our full-time excuse-makers. 

More info on the route can be found on the Dark Peaks trail guide, as produced by V-Publishing 


Thanks also go to Simon Bowns of 18Bikes for his help with the route as well as Peak District MTB, Ride Sheffield and Keeper of the Peak

Be sure to also watch our original video from earlier this year