I got lucky 7 years ago and moved to Chesterfield on the edge of the Peak District. I began cycling again after a short break of 41 years and took a year to reach some sort of semblance of fitness. And I can confirm Derbyshire is a lot hillier than Lincolnshire, where I spent my youth cycle racing as a teenager.

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

In 2018 I co-founded a club with a cycling buddy, Phil Allison, a former U23 national cyclo-cross champion turned pro. Check out the club’s website at Peak Rides CC.

At the grand old age of 62 I have a hankering to take 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. Update: I’m now 64.

I have decided I want to achieve Super Randoneur status by the end of 2019 and to do so involves riding a 200, 300, 400 and 600km audax – wish me luck! Update: Super Randoneur didn’t happen in 2019 and we’re now living with Covid 19…

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

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