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.

The Gravel Gran FondueNew date – September 19-20th.

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 . Day two is a little bit shorter at around 60km and returns to Bakewell. It’s up to you whether you do one day or two and where you stop overnight. Enter now.

The Brutal Tootle – Cancelled in 2020 but back in 2021 (See below) !

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. 

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.

The Hardcore100New Date – 25th April 2021

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.

New for May 2021 – The Retro Ride Out

Firmly aimed at bikes from the end of the last century, this ride explores the roads and lanes of the Derbyshire countryside. More details to follow shortly.

New for June 2021 – The Peakland Gravel Grinder.

The event’s going to be two of our fave events in one big weekend. The Brutal Tootle on the Saturday and the Gnarmac Attack on the Sunday. Enter both if you are feeling fit, or one if not. More details to follow shortly.

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.

Our guided rides are suspended until the Covid-19 risk calms down a bit. I hope you understand.

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