In 2013, the residents of Grindleford organised a new Cyclosportive event to raise funds for the Grindleford Community Shop: The Grindleford Goat. It took place in September as part of the inaugural Peak District Cycling Festival. The event raised £4,000 and has happened each year since then and raises an amazing £10,000. This is a major contribution towards the running of our vital community shop. Make sure you visit to see this quirky shop whilst you are in Grindleford.
The event is very popular, attracting over 400 riders of all ages.
It features two fully supported routes, and a challenging family ride, all starting and finishing in Grindleford so there will be opportunities for all abilities. For the third year there is an exciting new Gravel route for knobbly aficionados.
The most challenging ride is the 108km Billy featuring some of the most demanding climbs and exciting descents in the Peak District. The mid route Nanny will be a tour of 54km suitable for reasonably fit adults and will take in some of our most stunning scenery and natural beauty. The Kid is a challenging family route of about 18km that will take place on quiet roads and rough tracks (optional) including a beautiful 2km section on private tracks linking Bank Top and Mag Clough farms.
Progress can be as quick (or slow) as you like. All the routes will incorporate opportunities for refreshments and other interesting diversions. We will provide a feed station on the two longer rides.
The rolling start will be preceded by quality espresso coffee and local, dry-cured bacon on Ciabatta rolls / brie and mushroom on Derbyshire oatcakes (you can pre-order these when you register for the ride). Quality cakes will be available on the three signed routes and an optional Italian pasta meal (more than sufficient to get you home!) will be available at the finish.
Entry limited to 500 participants. Costs will be kept as low as possible.