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 road routes, and a challenging family MTB ride, all starting and finishing in Grindleford so there will be opportunities for all abilities. This year there is an exciting new Gruff Gravel route for knobbly aficionados.
It’s called The Goat because they climb steep hills and eat a lot! It will have an Italian theme providing a post-ride pasta meal.
The most challenging will be 108km featuring some of the most demanding climbs and exciting descents in the Peak District. The mid route 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 third will be a challenging family route of about 15.2km that will take place on quiet roads and rough tracks including a beautiful 2km section on private tracks linking Bank Top and Mag Clough farms. Last but definitely not least the Gruff Gravel will extend your knowledge of green lanes, quarry tracks and take you down drove roads you never knew existed.
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 all three 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.
In 2015 to celebrate the Tour Of Britain coming through the village the organisers put on a hill climb up the infamous Sir William Hill, which starts at the Sir William Hotel in the heart of the village. It featured a bike fair, live music, a BBQ and the ride itself, which 90 people pitted themselves against. It was a such a success that it’s become an annual addition to the weekend, and an event in it’s own right, held on the evening of the Sportive and raising money for the Grindleford & Eyam Playgroup.