Eleven riders set out for the plague village of Eyam. We had the warm sunshine for a change and not the ever present rain of the British Summer. We rode out on Buxton road, turning for Thorncliffe and along Morridge before turning for Warslow and Hulme End. We rode through Hartington and Long Dale before turning off for Moneyash. Dave M turned off as he has been suffering with ill health but wanted to get in a few miles with the club. Get well soon Dave. here we rode down the fast descent of Sheldon Bank towards Ashford In The Water where we headed for the tough climb of Longstone. We had a respite as it was downhill in to Eyam although false hope was given to some riders as we pulled off in to the wrong cafe before setting off again for Eyam Tearooms. Here the riders were given a incredibly warm welcome and the owner came round to ask for our names as well as our orders. We were given a Lycra discount and free Coffee re-fills were offered of which we made use of. A picture was also taken by Fiona to put on the cafe website as it was our first visit and hopefully, we will return soon. Also it was noted that Hannah Rowland died in the same building as the cafe on the 5th November 1665, a victim of the plague. of which the village of Eyam is famous for.
We rode back to Leek via Foolow and dropped in to Tideswell and headed up the long climb through Millers dale and up to Taddignton where we turned for Moneyash. Here we turned for Crowdecote and the steep and hair raising descent in to the valley before the climb in to Longnor. Here a brief stop was made where riders topped of with supplies and admired a classic Motor Bike. We rounded up the peleton and headed for Fawfield Head and the climb up to morridge. I was admiring the view with Rich Coghill when he took off so after a sprint to catch up, I passed him on the final corner and had a brief feeling of smugness before he passed me to make second place behind Rob Howson, still the king of the mountains. We arrived back in Leek at 2.30pm after a tough sixty one miles. Thanks to Rich Coghill & Rob Howson for leading the ride.
Written by Nick Avins, club rider and Yellowknife NWT obsessive.