road.cc headed north to Sheffield for the latest team road.cc rideout, and what a ride it was. The crew from the city’s Decathlon store laid on some superb hospitality and a truly stunning route out into the Peak District.
The clocks went back and it was a cold start, but not for long, not once we’d meandered our way out of the city and straight into the first climb of the day, all seven miles of it!
Once in the Peaks, the autumn leaves created some stunning scenes as we climbed and descended, through picture postcard villages – thankfully going down Winnats Pass rather than up it.
The final climb of the day, Stanage, took the best part of 40 minutes, but led to to an eight-mile descent into the city, where we headed back to Decathlon’s in-house cafe for a bit of a refuel and the now legendary road.cc Schwag Grab™.
The Decathlon crew laid on a great route – thanks Mick! – and top notch ride leading and pace-setting skills from Jamie. And a special shout out goes to Pete for his life-saving homemade flapjack – these southern softy legs were starting to take a hammering from all those climbs!
If you like the sound of this, why not join us next time? You’ll get first dibs as a team road.cc member – check out other benefits here.
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.