Ride Report - Hathersage & Beeley
A route we'd done only a few weeks back, but we liked it so much we thought we'd have another crack at it.
12 of us started out from Whiston on a chilly morning. Arm warmers and gilets were definitely needed for the first hour or so.
Soon after that the sun broke through and what a glorious day it was. A perfect day for a nice ride out to the peaks.
Other than the start and end of the ride where we had to get through Sheffield the route was great.
Mick asked me the week before what the route was like and I said flat out to Sheffield, climb up to Ringinglow, drop down to Hathersage, flat to Beeley, then up Beeley Moor before heading down through Millhouses. So only two real climbs of note considering we were in the peaks, and I think it was pretty accurate.
Generally it's a pretty flat route even though we climbed over 1000 meters.
We found another great little café out at Beeley, The Old Smithy. The food was excellent and as the weather was great we opted to sit outside.
We timed it right though as two other clubs turned up with around 12 riders each and they had to sit inside.
I did note though that there was plenty of seating inside, so we could visit in the winter months and take shelter.
We're really mastering the two column riding. It looks great and more importantly keeps us safe especially on the little country lanes of the peaks.
The two places we were stretched out and it's understandable were the climbs of Ringinglow and Hathersage. But not by much. A quick regrouping at the top of both allowed us to continue on our ride quickly.
I've got one complaint though and it always seems to be the same one.
Can we stay in the two across column at junctions? At one point we were five riders across. It's not good for the safety of the group. So please be aware of this.
And something else…
Punctures are going to happen, especially at this time of year when rubbish gets washed into the road.
Can we check our tyres are in a good working order and that we carry at least one spare and a pump? CO2 if you've got it is great as it takes seconds to fill the tube, but isn't a requirement.
Also, even though this ride was very sunny, can I just point members to our post on mudguards and flaps as you'll be needing those on your bike soon.
The next club ride is this Sunday 18th September. 12 of us are signed up for the 65 Roses Holme Moss Classic leaving Magna at 8:30am, so have your climbing legs ready.