I happened to come across a couple of Audax events starting/finishing in Hathersage, a very convenient location for non-motorised people like us. Sent the forms in one mad day, along with the registration for some other events. We had signed up for 103 km, in March, with 2200 m climb. This meant 2.25 AAA points by Audax UK standards. Great stuff.
Despite some rain hitting our tent overnight, and a very misty morning along with light rain and cold, we somehow managed to get in to Hatersage's Pool Cafe in good spirits, just past 8:30 am. The atmosphere was picking up, and you could see plenty of riders departing already. The official departure was at 9 am, however the organiser allowed a rolling start from 8 am. We took it easy and went for the "full value for money" option. That is, start after the official 9 am kick off and take it easy throughout the ride. English breakfast, and a bacon roll, were eaten within minutes. We're becoming so English, aren't we? Oh yes, we also had the obligatory tea.
|Admittedly, Brits win over cooked breakfasts!|
|I reckon Lucy's got climbing potential!|
|Quiet lanes at the start of the ride|
|Lucy follows Oliver (the organiser) on the way up|
|Audaxers controlling at a cafe in Monyash|
Passing very close to our final destination of Hathersage on our right, we got on a road that circumnavigated our campsite (North Lees area) and went past the famous Stanage Edge, a climbing mecca in the Peaks. Despite the uphill gradient, we were nearing the end of the ride, and the views were spectacular, so we did not mind.
|Stanage Edge, and Lucy|
|Myself and the rock in the background|
|5 km to the end, all the way downhill. Lucy merges with the sheep|
|Lunch at 4 pm, never losing my Spanish traditions!|
|Hathersage, bottom right corner. Stanage Edge ont he left.|