Mind you, despite all the plugs he gave the ride during his Eurosport coverage of Tour, David Duffield has pulled out.
Those still riding include Robert Garbutt, editor of Cycling Weekly; Sean Yates, one of cycle sport’s best ever domestiques and, last year, a convert to vegetarianism; the Bikebiz editor (who worked so hard on getting B3 to the printers, he never had time to put in any training rides so is going to get his legs ripped off; various top bods from the BCF and CTC, plus a smattering of British participants in the Tour de France (and there ain’t many of them to a pound).
Entries will be accepted on the day but organiser Michael Dennis of CTC said it would be best for members of the trade who want to join the ride to register beforehand in order to book the right number of breakfasts and lunch packs.
Here’s the route
LOXLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL, RODNEY HILL, LOXLEY, SHEFFIELD S66SG
Start downhill. R onto B6077 heading west past Admiral Rodney.
Follow road leaving Damflask Resr on your left to High Bradfield, keep following the more major road up the hill, forking left near top. I mile after X, turn R onto more major route heading N downhill at GR 245 948
CAUTION on twisty descent through woods. Sharp turn over bridge which immediately becomes 1 in 4 climb, topping out at Thorpe’s Brow (8 miles) After about half a mile of descent turn Loff this road at wood heading for Upper Midhope
As you leave village L for Langsett at jct. After Langsett Resr L onto A616 (EXTREME CAUTION: LORRY ROUTE) Cafe opposite.
After 50 yards turn right (EXTREME CAUTION) up hill past Youth Hostel entrance Join A628 heading N at GR 017 211. Follow main road under Trans-Pennine Trail L at Millhouse Green onto B6160
After about a mile, cross A616, staying on the B6106 for Holmfirth
CAUTION on descent into Holmfirth. Land R across town bridge. L at traffic lights on A635/A6024. (20 miles) After fifty yards fork L onto A6024 signposted Glossop.
Along this road breakfast control at Burn Lee WMC with refreshments.
Over Holme Moss and descend. R at jct A6024/A616 (EXTREME CAUTION: LORRY ROUTE) (28 miles) After half mile L onto B6105 for Glossop over Woodhead Resr Dam.
At Torside there is a visitor Centre with public lavatories and usually a burger van.
Follow B6105 to Glossop Centre, where there are cafes and pubs (34 miles)
St on Glossop traffic Lights onto the A624 Chapel-en-le-Frith road. Climb Chunal and descend to Hayfield (Caution: wide traffic islands in road centre) Climb Chinley Head and after descent turn L at T-jct immediately after railway bridge. Follow road under rly viaducts and under A6 flyover st on at roundabout to Chapel-en-le-Frith, (43 miles) L at T-jct after short stretch of one-way-street, Lagain, following Brown Tourist Board signs for “Chestnut Centre” and “Blue John Cavern.” Follow road under A6 flyover
Climb Rushup Edge, for about three miles. L signposted “Edale” at GR 122832. After short steep climb steep twisty descent into Edale Valley.
Lunch Control: Edale Village Hall at centre carpark near Station (50 miles)
Continue down Edale Valley to HOPE where short-cut route is available by turning Left.
Full route riders R to Castleton, following main road through village. L after village following tourism signs for “Speedwell Cavern” “Blue John Cavern” and “Chestnut Centre.” Winnats Pass can be seen ahead.
After climbing the Pass st on joining more major road heading W in the direction of Sparrowpit. Pass quarries on your left. First turn L at the bottom of a short steep hill at GR101 812. This is a hidden turn without a signpost, and has a cattle grid immediately before some large farm buildings. You will have overshot if you see some kennels on your right, and if the road starts to climb again.
At Peak Forest village, R and L across A623, following sign for “donkey village” After about one mile, st on following sign for “Wormhill.” L at T-jct for Hartgatewall. Follow road down through Wormhill. CAUTION STEEP DESCENT. Before the hairpins at bottom there is the “Wriggly Inn” cafe opp. Monsal Trail tourist centre.
T-jct at bottom of hill (GR 136 732) L onto B6049 towards Tideswell. Near top of Tidewell Dale turn R signposted Litton. After “Litton” village sign sharp R to reach the top road (named Bottomhill Road) CAUTION STEEP DESCENT through Cressbrook to the River. Short climb to Monsal Head at GR 185 716. TEA CONTROL AT CAFE. (73 miles)
Cross over B6465. Descend through Little Longstone to Great Longstone, where L after White Lion into Church Street. Follow road to Hassop and join B6001 at GR 224 723 heading NE to Calver. ST on at traffic lights keeping to the B6001 (Hathersage) road.
At Grindleford, L at school, where the B6001 leaves the B6521 at GR 243 777, signposted “Hathersage.”
At Hathersage L onto A6187.
After about two miles R at traffic lights onto A6013 (85 miles)
This is where the short-cut route (58 miles) rejoins the full route
Follow A6013 up through Bamford Village (Public Lavatories, Pubs, Shop, Cafe) to Ladybower Resr. R after viaduct onto A57 (Sheffield) road Follow main road uphill about a mile and a half before first L signposted “Strines Moor” at GR 225 877. First R after half a mile signposted “Ughill” and “Dungworth” After about a mile take the second L signposted “Low Bradfield” and Peniston” After about a mile, bear R at jct where road forks for Low Bradfield at GR 263 912. Very steep drop to Damflask Resr (EXTREME CAUTION: GIVE WAY SIGN AT BOTTOM)
St on to join B6076 which crosses the reservoir dam, R onto B6077. After about a mile Lafter The Admiral Rodney to finish at Loxley School (96miles) (69 miles if short route taken)