Velotastic’s Events

It’s not just about the cake ! 

As well as stocking products from our fave American cycling brands, we love organising cycling events and sharing some of our favourite routes.

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 time limit and offer a big day out on our local trails.

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.

25 – 26 April 2020 The Gravel Gran Fondue

We thought we’d have a go at running a gravel biking weekend. This two day event starts in Bakewell. Day one is around 100 km and finishes in Hartington. Day two is a little bit shorter at around 60km and returns from Hartington to Bakewell. It’s up to you whether you do one day or two and where you stop overnight. Enter now.

28th June The Hardcore100

The return of our original event. But this time we’re running it in the opposite direction. Starting in Holmesfield this 100 km classic mix of gravel, tarmac and gnarmac was a sell out the first time we ran it. Enter now.

20th September The Brutal Tootle

Another one of our fave events that’s back for 2020. We like to think of the 100 km route as ‘ultra CX’ with it’s steep climbs and technical descents. Whatever you call it, it’s a big day out. Enter now.

11th October The Fifty50

This is an off road adventure with a twist. At the sign on you’ll be handed a sealed envelope with a route map to a checkpoint in it. At the checkpoint you’ll get the other half of your ride.Half the envelopes have a clockwise route, half anticlockwise. You won’t know which half you get until the sign on.  Enter now.

New for 2020 – Guided rides

We’ve been riding in the Peak District for over 30 years. It’s our back yard and we know the area like the back of our hands.

Gravel bike riding is about enjoying the environment you are travelling through, not fretting about if you’ve gone the right way and stopping every few minutes to check the map. By using our guiding services we take these hassle and strains away meaning you can get on with what you came for  – a great day out on your bike.

Come alone or with friends – riding on one of our guided rides is a great way to meet new people and make new friendships.

Let us make the most of your time, look after the navigation, show you our local favourite routes and also, most importantly, some of the areas best cafe’s.

The dates:

We’ll be running guided gravel bike rides on the following dates from various locations in the Peak. Rides will start around 9 and finish around 4 depending on how much of a good time we’re having.

May 2nd: Baslow – Buy tickets
May 16th: Hope – Buy Tickets

June 6th: Bakewell –  Buy Tickets
June 20th: Rowsley – Buy Tickets

July 4th: Chesterfield (Linacre) – Buy Tickets
July 18th: Longshaw –Buy Tickets

There’s a couple of ways of using our guiding services, either book on one of the guided rides or contact us to organise your own private tour for you and your mates.

You’ll need to bring a suitable bike in good working order (minimum 32 mm tyres), a suitable helmet, gloves, waterproof, a drink, your lunch and some cash for coffee and cake.

The cost will be £25 per person per ride.

For more information and to book on one of our guided rides check out our new dedicated gravel riding website.