This year we’re turning our events up to three. The Gnarmac Attack, Ronde van Vegas and Peaky Grinder. Plus we’re organising some bike maintenance classes.
After the success of last years, Brutal Tootle and Hardcore100 we’re organising some more cycling events plus some bike maintenance classes to keep you on the road.
All our events have an emphasis on self reliance. There’s no following the arrows, feed stations, timing chips and finishers medals. We like to use the reliability trial format that’s been around since cycling events early last century. The aim is to get round a challenging course within the nine hour limit following a GPS route.
One of our aims from the beginning was to try and to get riders to spend money in the local economy. We feel there are too many events where folks smash it round a course whilst consuming a few gels and half bananas at a feed station but do not contribute financially to where they ride through. Riders on our previous events have said they prefer our approach as they do not feel a compulsion eat when they are told and can make their own choices of where and when they do.
All our cycling events start and finish at Holmesfield Village Hall. Here’s a few more details.
12th May The Gnarmac Attack
This 100 km on / off road reliability ride explores the quiet roads, byways and bridleways of the White Peak. We’re using a different route from last years events to keep things interesting. Enter here.
30th June The Ronde Van Vegas
Rather than run another event in the Peak we thought we’d try something a bit different and introduce you to some of the trails that surround our home town of Chesterfield. Often affectionately called Chez Vegas (see what we did there), this corner of Derbyshire is often overlooked to the better known routes in the nearby National Park. Being less popular they are a little quieter. Enter here
15th September The Peaky Grinder
For the Peaky Grinder we’re hitting the road and tackling some of the Peak’s most iconic climbs. There are two route options. The full fat version takes in Mam Nick, Peaslows, Monsal and Rowsley Bar. The semi skimmed version takes in Mam Nick and Monsal. As well as these more famous climbs we’ve also included a few other local favourites that are popular with local club cyclists. Enter here.
We’re also running some bike maintenance classes. Drawing on years of riding, breaking and mending bikes, we thought we’d share a few of our tips with you to keep you riding.
The courses are being held at Velotastic HQ on the following dates:
April 13th – Buy tickets
All courses will run from 9.30 to 12.30 at Velotastic HQ in Chesterfield. The cost is £17.50 per person.
We’re limiting numbers to 6 per course, however if you and your mates would like us to lay a course on for you, please give us a shout and we’ll see what we can arrange.
Topics covered include:
Basic tools and good workshop practice
Checking your bike for wear using the M check
Cleaning the drivetrain
Mending a puncture
Tuning the Gears
Bikes are provided to work on. We’ll also have tea, coffee and biscuits to keep you fueled. Please wear suitable clothing – don’t come in your Sunday best !