Field Owners Ride
Meeting at the Field Cycles Workshop on a warm Saturday morning, the dawn of the late August bank holiday weekend provided the prefect start to the inaugural Field owners ride. An opportunity to catch up with owners, whilst showing off some of our incredible local roads in and around the Peak.
The long weekend saw us cover over 170 miles, and more than enough climbing to make people used to flatter roads a little sore in the legs
The ride also provided the ideal opportunity to reveal the first of our Field Works production frames. There’s a number of prototypes out in the world but this is the finalised version and the template for the Field Works framesets we will be producing out of our Sheffield workshop - designed and built to be a pleasure to ride on the testing roads of the Peak.
Saturday’s ride started off dipping below Stanage Edge and skirting Bamford, taking the quiet back way into Hope, from there onto Castleton via Pindale, and up Winnats - with an average gradient of 12% and with ramps of 20%, providing the steepest and most challenging climb of the day. A round of tea-cakes and Yorkshire tea soon followed, allowing everyone some rest-bite ahead of the impromptu race up the rather long, Long-hill on the way into Buxton. Then it was the back-roads across to Tideswell. Grindleford saw the last climb of the day, with everyone giving it one last push knowing pizzas weren’t too far away after the fast sweeping free-fall back into Sheffield once over the top.
Sunday followed in a similar vein, albeit a little slower after a night of pizza and a little too much ale. The first climb saw some escapee sheep start a sprint to the sign before giving up and scaling a wall. On the quiet roads across to Beeley moor we we’re briefly joined by local pro Tom Stewart for a few miles and soon dropped down into Chatsworth and then onto Bakewell for a well earnt coffee and cake stop. A steady ride through Monsal Dale towards Cresbrook started our return leg, looping back through Stoney Middleton, with the long and draggy Froggat climb topping up the tiredness levels on the return.
Monday didn’t disappoint, with a loop out across and around Strines moor, outward through High Bradfield towards Mortimer road to start the day with a brief stop at the Strines Inn for a re-fuel. From there it was onto Edale, and the Mam Nick climb at it’s head, a nice breather at the top admiring the view down Hope Valley. Little Hucklow, Grindlow and Eyam set the tone for the return route, with quiet lanes and beautiful views on the way back into Sheffield before taking on Froggat, one last time.
A fantastic weekend, and certainly the first of many. A huge thank you to everyone who made the weekend, it’s incredible to build bikes for and share our Peak roads with such a fantastic group of people.
Special thanks to Morvélo and ENVE for providing a few bits and pieces to keep both body and feet in fine form during the weekend and bring some strong sock game to the party.
Bring on 2018!
Photos by Tom Smith