Six met in Hathersage for a ride around the Hope Valley, starting with an ascent to the transmitter above Bradwell, then descending the fairly exciting Bradwell Edge.
Second ascent was round the top of the cement works quarry and across the top to Mam Tor. Descent from here to Edale via Hollins Cross was more exciting.
At the start of the third ascent up to Hope Cross one member decided to cut the ride short, despite having a bike that was worth more than the other five put together. I won’t mention any names, but it wasn’t very presidential…
The remaining five, on a mixture of steeds, mostly from this century, having completed the ascent, descended with much enjoyment to Aston via Twitchill Farm and returned to Hathersage via Thornhill and the old railway line to Bamford.
The chief technical officer recorded a distance of 42.5km and 850ish meters of ascent. The meet leader apologises for not making the promised 1000 – 1200m of ascent and will try harder next time.
Everyone said they enjoyed it…