On Friday 11 September a peloton of amateur cyclists from companies based in Nottingham and Derby left Buxton to take part in a ride out to watch the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain.
The day was organised by the Nottingham office of insurance broking and risk management advisers JLT Specialty. JLT are sponsors of the JLT Condor race team, which boasts talents such as Ed Clancy, Kristian House and Graham Briggs.
Nineteen amateur riders took part including James Kingswood and Susan Vicars from Derby based wealth management company, Rhodes Wealth Management, Andy Parker from PKF Cooper Parry, Nick Johnson from Mazars, Chris Smith from Wynbrook and Steve Meynell from JLT.
Event organiser Steve Meynell said, “The atmosphere was friendly, but the rivalry high as we set out from Buxton. It’s unclear who reached the top of Beeley Moor first as the sprint group overshot a route marker and went on a detour meaning slower riders caught them up!”
The route from Buxton included Harpers Hill, a 1.5 mile ascent on an average gradient of 6%, the Peak District villages of Chelmorton, Sheldon and Bakewell before joining the Tour of Britain route which went through the grounds of Chatsworth, and then up the 2.3 mile Beeley Moor Hill climb. Having tackled gradients varying between 6 and 10%, all riders welcomed the rest to watch the Tour of Britain riders pass through, before embarking on the return journey to Buxton.
The only lady taking part was Sue Vicars from Rhodes Wealth Management, commenting she said “Rounding up 19 excited riders was certainly a huge challenge, but JLT achieved this superbly and I'll remember the Beeley Moor Climb for many years to come.”