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Peak District Cycling

Mon Jan 09 11:11:55 GMT 2012
The Hopey New Year is a 105 kilometre ride organised under the auspices of Audax UK, which kicks off the Peak cycling year.  Sometimes the weather is very challenging - deep snow a couple of years ago and a full gale in 2005 - but Sheffrec normally field around 20 riders among the 60+ who participate.  This year it took place on 7...

Mon Oct 03 10:51:08 GMT 2011
The wonderful early autumn weather tempted us to make the trip to scenic Goyt Valley.  Leaving Sheffield along Loxley Road, we skirted Damflask reservoir, passed through Lower Bradfield and up the short hill onto Annet Lane. A left turn took us over Dale Dyke and onto the long climb up to Sugworth Road, with good views across the tree and...

Tue Jul 26 10:16:29 GMT 2011
I am indebted to Oliver Wright for this route, which is a 110km ride from Hathersage across much of the southern and western Peaks and almost entirely on quiet minor roads.    From the Pool café, down the hill heading towards Grindleford on the B6001.  Over the river, then second right, up the hill on a narrow road that...

Mon Apr 18 08:41:13 GMT 2011
My cycling after about 40 routine years using touring cycles had in the last year expanded in all directions, now I have another form to add to my bow, electric biking , more correctly battery assisted cycling. Cycling England, in its death throes, just prior to its closure under the Coalition cuts, set up the Electric Bicycle Network a...

Tue Mar 15 10:05:16 GMT 2011
"It was a perfect early Spring day - not a cloud in the sky, nor a breath of wind, but the air was cool and fresh.  We set off from Sheffield's Botanical Gardens, heading uphill through leafy Ranmoor to the open spaces of the road past Hallamshire Golf Club.  The hills of the Dark Peak (Howden Moors across towards Bleaklow) were hazy,...

Mon Feb 28 13:12:18 GMT 2011
  The forecast was for cloud turning to rain, but it was in broken sunshine and a strong south-westerly breeze that we left the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield and headed up into the leafy lanes of Fulwood.  Past the Hallamshire Golf Course and the old Lodge Moor hospital complex, we climbed up to Fulwood Head, with Sheffield laid out...

Mon Feb 21 12:39:26 GMT 2011
After 26 years of fairly routine road cycling, at the age of 60, my cycling has now broadened out in all directions. Last year I added mountain biking, additionally I went most weeks to the Manchester Velodrome (using therefore a brake-less fixed wheel bike), and also acquired a recumbent three wheel bike, all most enjoyable, (the latter being...

Mon Feb 14 06:49:52 GMT 2011
    The forecast was for continous rain all day, but it was actually dry at 9 o'clock as the 25 or so Sheffrec riders assembled at Malin Bridge.  We headed out along Loxley Valley, round Damflask reservoir and on to Bradfield.   A short climb up to Ughill Moors was rewarded with views down to Strines and Dale Head...