Strines and Hathersage Loop - Sunday RED Ride
Sitwell CC Road Captain:
Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 8am.
Don't be put off by the topography of this one. Due to the nature of the climbs it will be steady all be it a red ride. We have short, steep sharp climbs, long sweeping ascents and descents. Even a bit of flat.
We head off from HQ Strines bound. This is more your shorter sharper stuff. Meandering our way up to Wortley we then climb around the back of Pea Royd Lane and ride along the tops before dropping down to the start of the Strines from the North side aka Midhopestones. Famous for being ascended by the 2014 TDF we then ride the full Mortimer Road.... Its a rollacoaster in its nature, before momentarily joining the Snake Pass to bridge across to Hathersage via Ladybower.
After refuelling at the excellent Colemans Deli we then exit Hathersage onto some of the longer gentle ascents and descents of this ride. First up Abney, onto the bottom of Sir William for a fast if not bumpy descent to Nether Padley aka Frogatts little Sister. Up Padley we go for a long one before a fast descent down Surprise Climb...... Not too fast though or to the end as the sting in the tail is a sharp right up Fidlers Elbow. Now your done for a lovely descent down Ringinglow and to make our way back to HQ for a bevie or two if you wish. Even for you serious guys/gals it is off season now for most after all.
Total distance is 59 miles / 95 km with total elevation gain of 5,413 feet / 1,650 metres.
The route can be downloaded here:
The cafe stop will be at Colemans Deli in Hathersage.
The pace on this ride will be approx 15+ mph.
What do you need?
Helmets are required, and carry at least one spare inner tube plus a basic tool kit comprising a minimum of:
Chain tool (chain breaker)
One inner tube (preferably two)
Spanner (with multiple size holes, helps with brake/pedal situations)
Mini pump (or gas canisters and valve)
An emergency tenner (useful at the cafe stop if nothing else)
In the Winter months riders should have full length mudguards and preferably a mudguard flap - it helps to keep our kit clean!
Our no-drop policy applies to every club ride so there will usually be a tool for the job amongst us somewhere and hands on deck to help out. However, it's still wise to carry a toolkit of your own in case you have to head back home alone for any reason.
More information can be found on our site here:
Rules of the road
Everyone on a club ride needs to take responsibility for the safety of others as well as for themselves. In order to ensure our rides remain safe as well as good fun, we ask all our members to follow some basic rules and standards of cycling etiquette.
If you're considering just doing part of this ride we would recommend you familiarise yourself with the area and/or bring a map of some kind. However, if you ask the Road Captain they will help as much as possible in directing you.
Please let someone know if you leave the ride/group as we don't want to waste time searching for you if nothing is wrong.
If you are struggling in anyway don't suffer in silence, please let the Road Captain know so they can help if possible.
This is an opportunity to meet up for a ride with others and socialise. Although someone will be determining the route you are ultimately responsible for your own actions.