On 4 July 2019 the “Touring Pace” group enjoyed a great ride to the YHA Hostel in Hartington where they had a picnic in the garden. The faster group rode a similar route to Hartington, stopping off at the Monyash cafe before heading to Hulme End, Bradbourne and Wirksworth. Beautiful day.
The Spire is one of the oldest established cycling clubs in the country with a history of successful competitive riders.
These days the predominant activities are the regular Weekday, Saturday and Sunday rides around the locality and further afield. Members are also involved in touring, Audax, competitive time trials and various other cycling activities. The club meets every Monday evening at the Chesterfield Community Centre.
As of July 2019 we generally have 2 groups. One group rides at a touring pace of between 9.5mph and 11mph depending if we are riding west or east and the other group is rather faster with a general pace of between 12mph and 14mph. The touring pace group is more likely to sometimes pause to admire the scenery, especially at the top of a steep hill! As a general guide the finishing times in the summer are between 4 pm and 5 pm and during the winter it is more likely to be between 3 pm and 4 pm.
We are a friendly welcoming bunch offering advice and encouragement to new riders. Amongst our ranks there is an intriguing amount of route, technical and most importantly cafe knowledge, adding that extra something to your cycling experience. Non-members are very welcome so why not experience a couple of rides with the club – it may be just what you are looking for!! Our club membership is only £5 per year (see our membership page for information about joining).