It’s been a busy week of “actual” work so only now grabbing some time to tell you all about the Peak Pioneer Mountain bike (MTB) event which took place on Sunday 20th May. For those that don’t know this event is 72 miles on a MTB around the Peak district involving over 5,000ft of climbing! This was an early one where myself , Andy, Emma Roger & John crossed the startline at the Bakewell Showground just after 7.30am (we knew from last year that it needed to be as we had missed the cut off point to go onto the longer route). The route itself is around 48% off road be that tracks or fields and heads north deep into the Peaks before going in a loop via the Tissington trail and back to Bakewell.
The day itself was very warm and the route dusty. You needed to be at the cut off point which was 30miles in by Midday to take on the “Massif” route. We duly arrived at 11am so at that point were pleased to be making our way onto the longer route (I say “at that point” as there were some “naughty” hills to come!). After a top up of water and a grab of some high energy food off we set again. Unfortunately Roger had aggravated a knee injury so decided the best option was to take to the shorter (48 miles!) route. The remaining four of us set off to conquer what seemed at times like pedaling up Everest! However, with a lot of sweat and no doubt swearing we made it around and got back to the finish line a fraction before 4pm. After checking the stats etc we were moving for 6hrs & 40mins and most surprisingly there were sorer parts than my bum!
Now of course the best way to reward yourselves after this was a lovely Sunday dinner with our friends at Batemans Mill in Clay Cross (you should try it you won’t be disappointed). It’s another event in the bag and I’ll go again at the Tour Of Cambridge Grand Fondo next Sunday. This event is a “Closed” roads event with around 8000 cyclists taking on the 79 mile route.
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