Twelve riders rode out to Hassop , passing through Thorncliffe and down in to Warslow and on to Hartington. We set a good pace through Longdale and Parsley Hay. Youlgrave was a fast decent in to Alport where the front group of sprinters pulled away but we caught up with them at the junction. We continued through Rowsley where we turned up for Beely Moor. This proved to be quite a tough climb with Andy M and Andy B battling it out. The peleton then had another fast decent in to Baslow before we arrived at the Station cafe at Hassop. The station was built at the request of the Duke of Devonshire for nearby Chatsworth House but closed in Nineteen forty proving how little it was used. Many riders appreciated the cafe providing water to top off our bottles as it was a warm day.
We set off for Leek, passing through Ashford In The Water before tackling Sheldon Bank. The pleton re-grouped at the top before heading for Moneyash where we headed up the long bank towards Parsley Hay. We turned left in Longdale to take us to Crowdecote and in to Longnor where a brief stop was made before heading off to Newtown and the climb to Morridge. This proved to be a battle between riders and I did mange to over take the two Andy’s before being overtaken just before the junction but at least I made them work for it! Jo K worked hard to tackle this climb and the many others we rode up on today’s ride. We arrived back in Leek at ten to two after a hard, fast paced, sixty miles. Thanks to Dave M for leading the ride. It was nice to see Andy and Joe out as well as two new riders to the club, Nicola and Iona who are part of the professional Ladies team Track Days Scills. I would like to record that the groups thoughts were with the family’s of those killed in the London terrorist attack that was in the days news. hate shall not win.
Written by Club Rider Nick Avins