Sparrowfart #3

I’ve been riding with B&DCC for a few years, one of the regular weekly rides is the Sparrowfart, an early ride on a Saturday so people have the weekend free for family. Generally, Sparrow rides are tough hilly ones. But quite short, designed to start at 07:30 and be back a couple of hours later so most of the day …

3-4-1 Deal

The Hills’ Angels are a bit in love with Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Climbs. This route was designed to give us a testing ride taking in three of them near Sheffield. Winnats Pass, Curbar Gap and Rowsley Bar! The route starts at The Fox House, a popular base for hiking, climbing and cycling adventures. From here we can take in …

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Tour of Penrith

This year’s big event for me was theTour of Penrith. This is the second self-organised three-day cycling tour myself and a group of great friends from B&DCC have put together and ridden. In terms of Hills, this was by far the most epic, despite having tackled The Tour of the Highlands and our self-organised Tour of Shropshire, both of which …

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2017 Goals

2016 was an epic cycling year for me. The main aim of the year was the completion of the inaugural running of the Tour of the Highlands Sportive, which is an awesome three day, 300+ mile event with a ton of climbing. I also aimed to hit my highest ever annual mileage cycling. I planned to commute on the bike …

Holme Moss

This has to be the most iconic climb I’ve done. It’s number 43 in the Hundred Greatest Climbs. Now, there are harder climbs and longer climbs in the book. But I think this is so far the single greatest climb. That said the book seems to just focus on the pure uphill bit of the climb. Which I think is …

The Cat and Fiddle

Number 70 in the Hundred Greatest Climbs book, and this is a clear contender. Starting in the middle of Macclesfield is not ideal, but, the road is a major route with a great surface. It’s never too steep. You never┬áhave to be out of the saddle on it. It even lets up with a couple of little downhill’s and a …

Gun Hill

Gun Hill is another climb in the 2nd book of climbs. Another 100 Greatest Climbs. It seems to be iconic with people we’ve passed on the road on that side of the Peak District. Not having the 2nd book, I’m not sure why. I presume it’s used in the TOB a lot. It’s an OK ascent, the surface is reasonable, …

Slack Hill

Slack Hill is #139 in the 2nd book of Greatest Climbs. Slack Hill is a great descent, catch it at the right time on a Sunday morning and it’s empty of traffic. It’s wide, good surface, straight and steep. At the bottom it ramps up the other side to slow down safely. It is a main road from Chesterfield to …

Riber

Next on my list was Riber, #32 in the 100 Greatest Climbs. I actually hit it right after doing Bank Road. And you’re still in Matlock, and it starts climbing up through a residential area, is less than ideal. Until you turn off onto the Riber itself, when it’s still a bit residential but then it’s hairpins, steep and evil. …

Bank Road

Bank Road is #31 in the 100 Greatest Climbs book. It’s in there because it’s the venue for a famous hill climb race. Like quite a lot of the climbs seem to be. Being in the book for being an iconic hill climb might be great for people who’ve followed cycling for years, keeping up with HC championships. But I’ve …