I can’t say I’m a regular on the JE James Cycles ride as I go out for morning rides with my friends on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and the JE James Thursday evening ride (from the JE James’ Chesterfield Cycle store @6.15pm) tends to be slower than my usual pace. Having said that, the faster guys go on ahead and wait at the top of hills or at junctions where the route makes a turn.
This makes it an excellent ride for peeps who go at a more leisurely pace, as no one gets left behind.
Yesterday’s evening group headed out east and luckily for me were climbing up Brimington Hill, because I was running late and flew past them in the opposite direction! A quick u-turn and I was on the back. Brimington Hill is quite steep but not long – short & sharp.
Once through the one-way system in Brim the group headed towards Calow and ultimately on to Hardwick Hall. At the turn off for the Hall there was a bit of a debate as to whether the whole group should be subjected to the climb, which is used as a Hill Climb event, and very popular one with the locals. In fact, one of our group, Danny, came second last year.
At the top, we had a few group photos, which came out really well as the light was superb – rich, deep blue skies and long shadows. By the time we reached the top, the new Castelli base-layer was really doing it’s job, money well spent, but of that in another post.
Hardwick Hall marked the halfway point and from there we headed back in the direction of Chesterfield. The return leg was marked by gently undulating roads, a favourite of mine as the downhill sections allow a build up of speed to carry you up the other side.
The pace did hot up as we got near to Staveley and certainly blew a few cobwebs away as we came through the village. I got lucky at a set of lights and the rest of the group hadn’t caught up by the time I pulled onto my drive in Brim.
Photo credit: Lisa Leverton