I moved to Chesterfield on the edge of the Peak District 6 years ago and I began cycling again after a short break of 41 years. It took a while for my fitness to return, but return it did. And now I enjoy riding in The Peak several times a week.

In 2017 I qualified as a Cycling UK Tour Leader and gained my Outdoor First Aid certificate and host Airbnb Peak District rides when lockdown permits.

In 2018 I co-founded a club with a cycling buddy Phil – Peak Rides CC.

In 2019 I took up randonneuring, which is governed in this country by Audax UK – put simply it’s long-distance riding and although it’s not a race, to complete one successfully there are imposed time limits, which means averaging 15-30kph. I did a 400km one across Wales and a 200km one in the Peak District.

My goal for 2020 was to achieve Super Randoneur status by the end of the year, which would have involved riding a 200, 300, 400 and 600km audax – but then Covid-19 reared its ugly head.

UPDATE: With coronavirus and my subsequent furloughed status in order to regain lost income I have decided to put together Self-Guided Rides for anyone who is happy to pay £3.00 to download a zip file containing a .gpx route, course notes and general info. You will find more information here.

Life’s a journey and so much better on a bike