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 …

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Strava and Samsung Gear Fit Integration

I’ve recently got myself on the bleeding edge of technology by buying a Samsung Gear Fit smartwatch/fitness band. It’s a great looking smart watch, but, the software so far is a little bit flaky. I’m guessing it’ll get more stable as time goes on. It does the job of a pedometer, HRM and exercise tracker as well as letting me …

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Michaelgate

On Sunday, in the horrific wind (but otherwise rather nice weather) we took on a blast out east to go to Lincoln and ride up the Michaelgate climb. We were going to Lincoln anyway, and I recently bought the book 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs and Michaelgate was in it. So we added it. The book says: Michaelgate is a true …