Lincoln Blast

Purpose of this ride is to get stamina up. On the flat you pedal the whole way. Which is a different kind of energy sapping than riding hills. Plus on a Lincoln Blast, it usually ends up with suffering into a headwind. Idea is to ride from the usual B&DCC start at the Cenotaph in Bolsover on Sunday the 18th …

2015 Epic Training

2015 is looking like a high-mileage year for me and many others. For me, there’s the Wales in a Day in September and a 206 mile ride in Newark in July. Plus probably a Coast to Coast in a Day and a lap of the Peak District. Which means I need to do lots of long rides regularly to build …

B&DCC Sparrow Fart Routes

The Sparrow Fart ride is a regular Saturday morning 7:30am ride organised by Bolsover & District Cycling Club. It’s about a 15mph average, hilly ride. Usually about 2 hours of riding over 30 miles. Which then can give the rest of the day for you family/life. I’ve linked from this post all the 10 rotated routes as I’ve re-drawn them …

Strava Centurion

If you use Strava, have a premium account and don’t ┬áhave a power meter. Strava Centurion might be of interest. It’s an open source app that I wrote with two guys from work into cycling to take a TCX file from a garmin and perform power calculations, producing an output TCX file that contains wattage points as if you’d ridden …

Holme Moss

This has to be the most iconic climb I’ve done. It’s number 43 in the Hundred Greatest Climbs. Now, there are harder climbs and longer climbs in the book. But I think this is so far the single greatest climb. That said the book seems to just focus on the pure uphill bit of the climb. Which I think is …

The Cat and Fiddle

Number 70 in the Hundred Greatest Climbs book, and this is a clear contender. Starting in the middle of Macclesfield is not ideal, but, the road is a major route with a great surface. It’s never too steep. You never┬áhave to be out of the saddle on it. It even lets up with a couple of little downhill’s and a …

Gun Hill

Gun Hill is another climb in the 2nd book of climbs. Another 100 Greatest Climbs. It seems to be iconic with people we’ve passed on the road on that side of the Peak District. Not having the 2nd book, I’m not sure why. I presume it’s used in the TOB a lot. It’s an OK ascent, the surface is reasonable, …

Slack Hill

Slack Hill is #139 in the 2nd book of Greatest Climbs. Slack Hill is a great descent, catch it at the right time on a Sunday morning and it’s empty of traffic. It’s wide, good surface, straight and steep. At the bottom it ramps up the other side to slow down safely. It is a main road from Chesterfield to …

Riber

Next on my list was Riber, #32 in the 100 Greatest Climbs. I actually hit it right after doing Bank Road. And you’re still in Matlock, and it starts climbing up through a residential area, is less than ideal. Until you turn off onto the Riber itself, when it’s still a bit residential but then it’s hairpins, steep and evil. …

Bank Road

Bank Road is #31 in the 100 Greatest Climbs book. It’s in there because it’s the venue for a famous hill climb race. Like quite a lot of the climbs seem to be. Being in the book for being an iconic hill climb might be great for people who’ve followed cycling for years, keeping up with HC championships. But I’ve …