Weekday Rides

Riding from Darley Bridge to the gated road towards Oker en route to the Cafe in the Park in Matlock for morning coffee break – 16 July 2019. Below are upcoming and recent rides, followed by ride guidelines. Photo courtesy of Jeff A

Start Time: of week-day rides, unless stated, is 9.30am

Leaving from: The Wheatbridge Cafe, Chesterfield. Meet up over a drink in the cafe 15 minutes before the ride. Click to view the location.

Lead a Ride? New ride leaders are always welcome to spread the load and encourage more ride variety, member involvement and inspiration. Unsure? Why not pick from our previous routes: WestEast or Car Assists

Weekday Touring Pace Rides The list below are only suggested weekday rides. Ride leaders are free to modify the ride as appropriate after considering the weather and ride members abilities/requirements on the day.  No ride leader yet? Please volunteer and take your turn. 

DateDestinationDetailsLeader
Tue 16 JulyBuxton via Hope, back via Rowsley and Beely
Approx 70 miles 7000 ft climbing Roy D
Tue 16 July AlternativeMatlock and Crick
Approx 40 miles RouteAndy R
Thu 18 JulyDore / Hathersage
Suggested route North West Required
Tue 23 JulyHartington / Winster
Suggested route WestRequired
Thu 25 JulyAshford in the WaterSummer picnic ride. Bring your own food and drink or buy from local shop (subject to weather).Michael S
Tue 30 JulyLangsett
Suggested route NorthRequired
Thu 1 AugLitton / Edale
Suggested route WestRequired
Tue 6 AugBradwell (Hope Valley)Paticularly to see Well DressingsTony A
Thu 8 AugSouthwell
Suggested route SouthRequired
Tue 13 AugChurch Warsop / FarnsfieldSuggested route EastRequired
Thu 15 AugCalver / BuxtonSuggested route WestRequired
Tue 20 AugMaggie's Den, Aldercar / Shipley ParkSouthRequired
Thu 22 AugRowsley / Longnor
WestRequired
Tue 27 AugCarburton / Rufford Abbey
EastRequired
Thu 29 AugHathersage / Baslow
NorthRequired
Tue 03 SepTeversal / Farnsfield

WestRequired
Thu 05 Sep
Trails ride east
EastRequired

Weekday Touring Pace Rides

The weekday rides are at present the predominant activity of the club. Taking place during the week, they attract the retired, shift workers and others with time to spare for cycling. Some riders don’t want to be out all day; they will ride to the first cafe stop and then head for home. In summer, riders tend to be back around 5.00pm but it can be later. In winter the ride is shorter with a home time around 4.00pm.  Lights are essential at this time. Rides classed as “Touring” pace are in the region of 10mph to12mph depending on terrain; some clubs would class this as steady. We are now building a small group of “Faster” pace riders and we hope that will grow. Rides classed as “Faster” pace are in the region of 14mph to 15mph depending on terrain. This may be the club for you so why not give us a go and just turn up and try a couple of rides.

The group meet at the Wheatbridge Cafe, off Dock Walk, Chesterfield S40 2AB.  Directions: turn off Boythorpe Rd at Just Tyres, pass the back entrance of Dunelm, then turn first right in front of the brick building with the 1816 plaque. The cafe is on the left after the YMCA New2U building.

Weekday Ride Distances
Summer: 40 to 70+ miles
Winter:   35 to 50+ miles

Cafe Stops
One or two, occasionally three, depending on time, speed, destination etc

Where To
The Peak District (Derbyshire and Staffordshire), Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire
From April until October we run a number of ‘Car Assists’ which move the start point away from Chesterfield

New Riders

New riders are advised to contact the club as there can be last minute changes to the list because of poor weather etc. Club Contact email

Wheatbridge Cafe is open for tea and coffee – you can have a full breakfast if you so wish. The toasted fruit loaf is particularly recommended.

Please arrive punctually, we do not wait. Phoning riders after the ride has started to find where they are going is discouraged and should only be done in extenuating circumstances. Not everyone rides at the same speed so there will be times when the riders will be split into 2 groups with one group riding at a slightly faster pace than the club norm but probably with the same destination and cafe stops. The same will happen if there is a large number of riders – this is certainly more likely to be the case on good spring and summer days.