Summer of cycling rides into High Peak

Scarborough Cycling Festival on Olivers Mount.Final lap sprint in the sun.Picture Richard Ponter 133536a
Scarborough Cycling Festival on Olivers Mount.Final lap sprint in the sun.Picture Richard Ponter 133536a

Tyres have been pumped, brakes have been tested and helmets have been dusted off as the The Peak District and Derbyshire’s summer of cycling has officially arrived in the High Peak.

There is a whole host of activities on two wheels on offer including events, entertainment and festivals, not to mention the chance to watch part of cycling’s biggest race of the year.

From fun and easy-going routes for all the family to hurtling down a steep, muddy track for thrill seeking mountain bikers, there’s never been a better time to get back in the saddle.

Highlights include the High Peak Hog on May 11, organised by Glossop Kinder Velo Cycling Club, with two route options starting from Glossop Cricket Club, the whole hog, 83 miles and the half hog, 50 miles.

Cyclists wanting to test their mettle can enter the Wiggle Tour of the Peak, a 110 or 60-mile race starting at Bakewell Showground on May 18, which includes the Cat and Fiddle, Winnats Pass and Holme Moss.

On June 1, it is the second Peak Epic Sportive, one of the toughest in the UK. With 14 categorised climbs, the long route ascends 13,000 foot in just 103 miles. The epic circuit of the Peak District includes Tideswell, the Hope Valley, Edale, Chapel-en-le-Frith and the Goyt Valley.

On June 15, Chinley Churners Cycling Club are hosting the second free Chinley and Buxworth Cycling Festival. There will be fun activities for children on the field, easy, self-led road rides, mountain bike rides with an instructor and family rides along the Peak Forest Tramway.

On June 20 to 22, L’Eroica Britannia will present a three-day bike and style festival at Bakewell Showground and ‘the most handsome bike race in the world’ on the Sunday.

On July 6, Stage 2 of the Tour de France Grand Départ will enter the Peak District at the A628 in Woodhead, near Glossop, as the peloton races from York to Sheffield.

The summer will culminate with the Buxton Spa Sportive, with three routes starting from the Pavilion Gardens on July 27.