Field Owners Ride II
Shivering, dressed for a summer ride and blinded by the spray on the descent back into Sheffield, caught in a late summer shower with a wry grin on your face. Few things compare to that moment of pride and satisfaction after a weekend of riding around the Peaks, surrounded by the owners of bikes we’ve spent so many hours crafting.
That descent marked a fitting end to the second annual Field Owners social ride, a two day tour of some of our favourite local roads – welcoming owners new and old, and a chance catch up over plenty of Yorkshire Tea, cake, pizza, beer and many miles of quiet lanes.
Saturdays 50 miler saw us take the back roads out from the Workshop, climbing up through Dore to Ringinglow before heading out across towards The Strines. An early morning stop at our Cow Molly allowed for a top up of coffee and ice-cream before pushing on through Low Bradfield and then tackling ‘Deliverance’ on Mortimer Road. Looping back via Boldertsone gave the chance for a few people to test their legs on the short sharp climbs under the trees that climb back up from Broomhead Reservoir.
An obligatory pint and chips at High Bradfield marked the start of the return, then heading back across Strines and down past a very empty Ladybower following the scorching summer. The last climb of the day saw us head up Coggers Lane, bringing the group home below the stunning Stanage Egde, and then back across Burbage moor before the last drop into the city.
Sunday’s ride took us out West, into the Peaks, heading out via to Hathersage for a warming cup of tea at the Pools Café before heading up one of our favourite climbs to Abney and the gliding club. From there is was across towards Foolow and down Longstone edge to lead us to Monsal Head, to take in the stunning viaduct.
A little bit of racing up the Cresbrook climb through the woods then took us up and out along the tops before dropping back down into the back of Castleton, and onto the second café stop of the day in Hope. Refuelled, we headed back towards the city, with the last proper climb of the day up Higgor Tour, giving those with a little bit left in the legs the chance to wind it up. The the cold drop back into Sheffield caught in a sudden downpour ended things in typical Yorkshire style.
We’ve always been blown away by the support of our customers and their enthusiasm for what we’ve produced over the years, sharing the roads and hearing where peoples Field’s have taken them was a great fitting end another busy summer. A huge thanks to everyone who traveled from near and far to make it, and to Chris King for providing a few take-homes.
Here’s to the next one.