Pretty Places

I’d had a bad week at work when I put this route together. I wanted to ride through some of the prettiest places in the Peak District to cheer myself up. You really do go through some stunning places on this ride. Of course the problem with Pretty Places is that generally Pretty Views come up hills. So this is …

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 …

Flat is Dull

I seem to have broken my resolve to post regularly on here after my weekly rides. I blame the weather. I had a few weekends riding was awful. Either didn’t get out or it was the worst day I’ve ever had on a bike. The Big Red Ride run by Mansfield Road Club is a popular event with the club …

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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 …