High Peak Cycles at The Tour of the Peaks

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This year we were approached by Kilo to Go who organise a number of sportive rides around the country, to help provide mechanical support for the Tour of the Peak sportive on 17th May with 1500 riders taking part this year.

The start line on Bakewell showground opened at 7am so we needed to be there and set up by 6:00am which meant setting the alarm clock for the ridiculously early time of 4:30am! We made it in plenty of time with the High Peak Cycles gazebo erected and maintenance station set up by 5:45am. That left loads of time to have a bacon and egg butty from the catering tent next door!

A few people needed our assistance before setting off on either the 62 mile short route or the 115 mile long one, mainly checking tyre pressures and gear adjustments, and after everybody had set off we packed down and set off for the feed station at Whaley Bridge.

We were in quite high demand at Whaley Bridge with a whole load of repairs to carry out over the 5 hours we were there. Most of the problems were gear related so the ‘mech hanger straightener’ tool got quite a bit of use. Punctures, faulty tyres, brakes, loose headsets and broken cleats also featured quite highly on the repairs list along with the snapped saddle which we managed to fix with good old cable ties and electrical tape! Unfortunately we couldn’t fix everybody’s bike – there’s a limit to what you can do when you’re stood on a playing field, but we managed to get pretty much everybody back on their bikes again so they could complete their ride.

By 4:30pm all the riders had either been through or were getting picked up by the ‘broom wagon’ so it was time for us to pack up and head home.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

For further information on the Tour of the Peak sportive, see Kilo to Go’s website

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