This weeks ride was to Monsal Head in the Peaks. The club met at our usual meeting point, The Palms on Grasmere Rd  for an 8:30 start in coolish, dry conditions but according to the forecast a warm day ahead.

Around 30 riders turned up with some of the club deciding on a shorter route on the day and I personally have to say well done to the guys who made the decision rather than struggle and not enjoy the trip to Monsal. This group did a nice steady ride of around 40 miles, with around 1300ft of climbing, well done guys!!

So that left around 20 riders heading out towards The Peaks, the route took us through Thorpe Salvin, Harthill, onto Eckington, Dronfield, Eastmore, Baslow, Hassop and up to Monsal Head for a cafe stop. The cafe at Monsal was as usual excellent, various cakes, coffee's, milkshakes, cold drinks were all gratefully consumed on what was now turning into a really hot day. After everyone had had there fill it was time to head back on a slightly different route taking us back through Pilsey, through the beautiful Chatsworth estate, on up Beeley Hill, through Holymoorside, Hasland, Long Duckmanton, Clowne and back to Thorpe Salvin and the Parish Oven for a very well deserved pint or two.

A truly great ,but hard day on the legs with a great gang of riders. It was great to see the 'better' riders waiting for the slower guys at junctions and at the top of some of the climbs.

A great days riding with only one member of the club unfortunately have two pu*ctu*es (can't say that word, bad luck) We covered around 70+ miles and climbed almost 6000ft.

Cheers once again to Andy Clarkson for planning the route. The route are all on the 'Events' page, please, please take your time and download them.

Next week is a Free Week but some guys are arranging to ride over to the Lincoln Grand Prix.

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Prior to setting off!!

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Al hitting one of the so called smaller climbs

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The 'Chairman'

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Monsal Head

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What a view, what a day!!

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