Following in the tradition of recent years August’s monthly ride will be “Up North”! Join us from 11-12 August for a weekend of riding in the breathtaking Peak District, staying in the beautiful spa town of Buxton.
Buxton is less than a 3.5 hour drive from Surrey, and 2.45 hours from London by train, so we will comfortably fit in a 3 hour ride on Saturday afternoon and 4/5 hour ride on Sunday morning. HotChillee Founder Sven Thiele (a.k.a Mr Gravel) will be joining us, so needless to say we have introduced a gravel route option this year!
Saturday: 67 km / 1899 m
Sunday : 96 km / 1854 m
Don’t be fooled by the relatively short distance of the Saturday road ride as it packs in a lot of tough climbing, technical descending and not a lot of flat. Expect narrow roads, stunning scenery and maybe even a cobbled climb. A lot of it is a real “locals’ ride” exploring back lanes that you’d never find on your own. However, it finishes ascending Long Hill, used for the National Hill Climb in 2011 and with Ian Stannard as the current KOM in 12:57.
Sunday’s road ride still packs in the vertical metres but is a true tour of the classic Peak District. You’ll ride through the Chatsworth Estate, climb up to the iconic gritstone edges and, as a visit to the Peak wouldn’t be complete without it, tackle the infamous Winnats Pass.
For the gravel riders, Saturday will stay relatively local and explore the hidden gem of the Goyt Valley. After about 6km on tarmac, following the same route out of Buxton as the road groups, you’ll take the road less travelled and soon be enjoying the feel of gravel, rock and mud under your tyres.
There are a couple of options for Sunday’s gravel ride, depending on the weather, trail conditions and the group’s ability. One is to take in a section of the Pennine Bridleway, heading into the limestone dales of the White Peak. The other is to head for the “mountain biking mecca” of the Hope Valley to see just what gravel bikes are capable of!
The gravel routes are technically challenging and should only be attempted by intermediate/experienced gravel riders. We’d strongly recommend a minimum of 35mm tyres (38 mm Schwalbe G-one All-rounds or Bites are great or, if you have clearance, 45mm WTB Riddlers) and, due to the rocky nature of the trails, tubeless is definitely the way to go unless you enjoy fixing flats.
Places on the weekend are limited and available on a first come first served basis. The groups are as follows:
Gravel Group (Intermediate/experienced gravel riders only) – 10 places available
Road Group (approx 25km/h+) – 20 places available
Road Group (approx 23km/h+) – 20 places available
Riders who do not live locally will need to book their own accommodation. HotChillee crew will be staying at the Palace Hotel, Buxton. There’s currently plenty of availability with parking, a spa and swimming pool. Prices are approximately £120 for a twin room on booking.com – accommodation is comfortable rather than luxury and is right next to the station. We’ll arrange a dinner in town on Saturday evening – we’d love you to join us!
Saturday 11 August
15:00 Check in at Palace Hotel available
15:30 Ride departs Palace Hotel, Buxton
18:30 Arrive back at hotel
19:00 Drinks in hotel bar
19:30 Dinner in town
Sunday 12 August
08:30 Ride departs Palace Hotel
13:00 Ride finishes
13:00 Shower at spa facilities
14:00 Quick pub lunch
If you would like to join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know which group you’d like to join. Please do this before you book accommodation as we are limited on group sizes.