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    Tried something different today; put the bike in my mum's car and drove to just off the A515 close to Hoar Cross and rode North from there. Down the hill on the A515 at Draycott in the Clay and then over the River Dove and into Derbyshire. Went through Sudbury village, and past Sudbury Hall, to avoid the A50 dual carriage-way (not quite as dangerous as the nearby A38, but not a road you'd want to cycle on).

    Turned right at Doveridge and headed due north on a very undulating road through Roston, and then Norbury where I re-crossed the Dove into Staffordshire and started the climb. Climbed all the way to Wootton, where the steep climbing began on the Weaver Hills.

    The Weaver Hills are a small group of hills around 8km due West of Ashbourne. They're not in the Peak District, but would probably make the cut if the park was extended. They are also the closest fell-grade hills to my house. Conveniently the road goes almost over the hills, rising to a high point of 347m above sea-level, giving a total ascent of 255m for the 4 mile climb, with 4 cattle grids in the last mile to maintain your concentration. Returned the same way

    8 degrees C when I started, with an icy NW wind, but some warm sun. Fortunately the temperature eventually rose to 11 degrees making it a pleasant day. Saw lots of cyclists in the Dove valley, but none on the lumpy stuff North and South of it. 61km with 821m of ascent
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post

    Turned right at Doveridge and headed due north on a very undulating road through Roston, and then Norbury where I re-crossed the Dove into Staffordshire and started the climb. Climbed all the way to Wootton, where the steep climbing began on the Weaver Hills.

    The Weaver Hills are a small group of hills around 8km due West of Ashbourne. They're not in the Peak District, but would probably make the cut if the park was extended. They are also the closest fell-grade hills to my house. Conveniently the road goes almost over the hills, rising to a high point of 347m above sea-level, giving a total ascent of 255m for the 4 mile climb, with 4 cattle grids in the last mile to maintain your concentration. Returned the same way
    I haven't been through Wootton, but I once rode along the little lane from Ellastone to Stanton. It's really delightful, going along a secluded valley and then suddenly deciding that it wants to take the route of maximum gradient out of the valley.
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    Took the gravel bike out to test the tyres for problems (like going flat), out and back was 24k and 670m. Tyres being much narrower I was a bit wobbly and being very careful coming down the forest road, not so confident as on old tyres. But they do appear to go up hills faster!
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    5 of us rode as a group to Glasson Dock from Dinckley over Harris End. Got a bit lost in the lanes around Beacon Fell but was a good hilly ride out for lunch where we bumped into Lefty of Rossendale Harriers out with his pal. Route back was flatter via St Micheals and Garstang. Was a bit brisk on the return so stopped in Longridge for a well earned pint before tackling Dinckley “mountain” where we were parked. 68 miles 3350 ft of climbing - mainly in the first half. It doesn’t compare to the 94 miles and 5958 foot of climbing that Lefty did having gone over the Trough of Bowland. It has to be said that Lancashire is excellent cycling country

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    Quote Originally Posted by Also Ran View Post
    5 of us rode as a group to Glasson Dock from Dinckley over Harris End. Got a bit lost in the lanes around Beacon Fell but was a good hilly ride out for lunch where we bumped into Lefty of Rossendale Harriers out with his pal. Route back was flatter via St Micheals and Garstang. Was a bit brisk on the return so stopped in Longridge for a well earned pint before tackling Dinckley “mountain” where we were parked. 68 miles 3350 ft of climbing - mainly in the first half. It doesn’t compare to the 94 miles and 5958 foot of climbing that Lefty did having gone over the Trough of Bowland. It has to be said that Lancashire is excellent cycling country
    Nice one AR

    Not cycling myself yet but should be up there on the bike in the near future with the other half.

    Nice to see Cav get a hat trick in Turkey and fantastic ride by Pidcock to do Van Aert and Trentin to take the De Brabantse Pijl
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonykay View Post
    I haven't been through Wootton, but I once rode along the little lane from Ellastone to Stanton. It's really delightful, going along a secluded valley and then suddenly deciding that it wants to take the route of maximum gradient out of the valley.
    Yes, it certainly looks promising on the map. I was considering going through Wootton and over the Weaver hills and then coming back through Stanton, but then I checked out how far it was, and the likely ascent, and thought it might be beyond my limited time and questionable current climbing fitness.

    Thanks for mentioning it though, clearly some cycling potential in this area

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post
    Nice to see Cav get a hat trick in Turkey and fantastic ride by Pidcock to do Van Aert and Trentin to take the De Brabantse Pijl
    It's taken me a couple of days to go through the highlights, and yes it was great to see Cav winning again and making it look easy. None of the top sprinters, like Bennett, Démare, Ackerman or Ewan are riding, so we shouldn't get too excited until he starts beating the likes of them, but it's good to see him looking hungry and sprinting like he used to.

    Pidcock's ride in the De Brabantse Pijl was really stellar. We've been producing world-class track riders for 20 years, followed by a world-class sprinter (Cav), before moving onto world-class grand tour riders like Froome, Wiggins, Yates&Yates, Thomas and Geoghegan-Hart, but we've never really had a world-class classics rider. Until now. The way he beat van Aert, (who is a really top rider), was something else - and he's only 21

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    I don't usually go on themed cycle rides. However, many years ago I noticed the concentration of villages with names ending in "stone" in the area between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Market Bosworth, and today I eventually went out for a ride visiting the Ten Stones of West Leicestershire: Thringstone, Ravenstone, Swepstone, Snarestone, Shackerstone, Bilstone, Congerstone, Odstone, Nailstone, Barlestone.

    A slightly convoluted route, especially since I didn't want to retrace my route at any point. Also, it left most of the significant hills to the final section, coming home from Barlestone; which was also into the wind (although that wasn't very strong). About 40 miles altogether.
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    Shackerstone Railway brings back memories as a child...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    It's taken me a couple of days to go through the highlights, and yes it was great to see Cav winning again and making it look easy. None of the top sprinters, like Bennett, Démare, Ackerman or Ewan are riding, so we shouldn't get too excited until he starts beating the likes of them, but it's good to see him looking hungry and sprinting like he used to.

    Pidcock's ride in the De Brabantse Pijl was really stellar. We've been producing world-class track riders for 20 years, followed by a world-class sprinter (Cav), before moving onto world-class grand tour riders like Froome, Wiggins, Yates&Yates, Thomas and Geoghegan-Hart, but we've never really had a world-class classics rider. Until now. The way he beat van Aert, (who is a really top rider), was something else - and he's only 21
    Let’s be fair, maybe the field isn’t stacked with sprinters but Jesper Phillipson is no slouch having just won the unofficial sprinters championship and he was well beaten on all three occasions. It’s great for his confidence, but with Bennett on the team he’s not going to be first choice for the big races.

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