CYCLING IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
I swapped my fixed gear for a road bike last weekend and took to the hills of the Derbyshire Peak District, with a brief foray into Staffordshire. I’m glad to say that my legs held up ok against two more experienced road cyclists, but my ancient aluminium Cannondale R400 was lacking in the higher gears that the full-carbon Boardman/Felt bikes of my two friends.
We stayed at Rivendale Caravan Park, near Ashbourne, in a camping pod. It’s a revelation; camping without the fuss of a tent, a heated, well insulated, wooden hut with plug sockets and lights. And at £50 per night for the pod, splitting it three ways meant it was very reasonable accommodation.
We didn’t put huge miles on the clock, partly due to the often and intense climbs we undertook, 30 miles here was like 100 miles on the flat.
And now I
want need a road bike.