S. Anselm’s Cycling Club
The downside of cycling in this part of Derbyshire is that you don't have to go far before you find a hill to test your pedalling (or walking) legs on. The upside is that the views from the tops are always amazing. On Saturday the extended views looking at the rain over the Hope Valley determined that we should be flexible with our route so we swung away from the showers towards Great Longstone and Hassop. Jon claimed that he needed to be back at school early to take some of the cricketers over to Packwood Haugh. We hope that he was not frightened away by the predominantly feminine chat, having finally outnumbered the men (5 to 2) out on a Saturday morning! We pressed on, covering a few more miles through Bubnell and Pilsley, and only on the long downhill back into Bakewell from Ballcross Farm, did the rain catch up with us. A few minutes under a tree meant we didn't get too wet at all during the morning.
Jon has planned great routes finding lots of quiet country lanes within a short distance of school. Cyclists who have turned out regularly have made great strides in their cycling fitness culminating in some of them completing a really tough sportive last month. On behalf of all the ‘roadies’ and mountain bikers, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Jon. We'd also like to send a massive thank you to the lovely kitchen ladies for the delicious bacon butties always waiting for us after each ride.
There has been a both a mountain bike ride and road ride every available Saturday since early in September last year. Everyone is welcome. The company is great and you certainly don't have to be Chris Froome to join us – please do so.
It would also be great to see lots of riders signing up for the school sportive on Sunday 11th September, cycling a new 50km route, taking in some beautiful roads and challenging themselves on just a few of the many hills around here!