When it comes to summer riding, nothing beats an exciting trip in the UK or abroad – especially when it’s with a close group of friends or family. A well-planned, challenging and scenic ride is something every cyclist looks forward to – and a reward for months of riding in the UK’s often less-than-favourable weather.
This year, a number of the Club Peloton team and our members have ridden – or are still riding – some inspiring trips, from tough physical challenges, to simply fun and memorable ones.
See below for a summary of an epic log-haul US ride and a leg-busting UK climb challenge, as well as words from a rider’s one-of-a-kind Stelvio effort and another’s special journey to Paris with his son. We hope they inspire you to plan your next trip (weather permitting)!
Jen Ross and Claire Treanor’s Pacific Coast pedElle
After over thirty years of working as town planning consultants in London, Jen Ross and Claire Treanor (founders of pedElle, our ride for women in property) decided to take a sabbatical and are now cycling the Pacific coast of the USA. They started in Vancouver on July 12th 2018 and their journey covers 2,500 miles; they plan to reach San Diego in early October. After six editions of pedElle, they’re now on their own pedElle, taking in great scenery, food, coffee, beer and yoga, while raising money for charities Coram and Alzheimer’s Society.
Follow their journey here.
Dom Millar, James Findlater and Graham Salisbury’s 100 Climbs Challenge
On August 17th 2018, Club Peloton members Dom Millar and James Findlater, along with friend Graham Salisbury, set off on an epic challenge to cycle all of Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs in a single ride. Beginning and ending in Guildford, this unique journey will take them across 5,300km in 29 days. England, Wales and Scotland will all be travelled through before the target finish date, which is September 18th. The total vertical climb is a whopping 81,000m, equalling 9 x Everests and 260 x The Shards! You’re invited to ride with them as they raise money for four charities: LandAid, Coram, Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Follow their journey here.
David Taylor, Toby Fox and Nick Hanmer’s Stelvio trip
Our CEO Nick joined Club Peloton members David and Toby to take on the Stelvio. David explains, “As editor of Velocity, I asked a group of friends in the industry to join V publisher Toby Fox and myself to fly to Italy to take on the mighty Stelvio over a long weekend. It was awesome. The scenery was amazing. The roads were beautiful. The climbs – Stelvio and also the Gavia – were truly magnificent. The food wasn’t bad either.
“The biggest challenge? Probably negotiating the many hairpin bends, with lots of motorbikes coming the other way, often in the middle of the road. The companionship of some good people, the amazing ascents, the joy of reaching the top, and the brilliant descents made it what it was. Coming down the Gavia at high speed with Toby was probably my favourite bit!”
Nick and Zach Hanmer’s Farnham to Paris ride
Our CEO Nick explains how he came to ride from Farnham to Paris with his son Zach during August: “After a Farnham to Bristol weekend ride with my son Zach last year, we hatched a plan to ride over 325km from Farnham to Paris using part of the Avenue Verte from Dieppe to raise money for a charity his school supports, helping underprivileged children in Ghana. We found it brilliant fun and very relaxing, as it was just the two of us and there was little time pressure, so we could pretty much go at any pace. The biggest challenge was, having enjoyed weeks of interrupted sunshine, suffering three hours of very biblical rain on the third day. We couldn’t keep warm as there were a number of long descents but three hot chocolates each in a cafe sorted that problem.
“It was amazing to see Zach – now 10 – realise you can do things which at first might appear out of reach. Other highlights were Zach’s ever-positive attitude to sport, zero punctures or mechanicals (despite the rain), the brilliant and rock-solid Tailfin rack and panniers I used on my road bike, still being able to walk up the Tour Eiffel when we got to Paris, and the amazing bright red urinals halfway up!”