We're lucky to have some great biking country right on our doorstep, from the flatlands of the leafy Cheshire Plain through to the ruggedness of the Peak District. We've wooded valleys, lakes, forests, picturesque villages, barren moorland, pretty much everything.
We thought we'd share one of our main demo routes for customers wanting to try our fleet of Bianchi Infinito CV Disc 2019 demo bikes. It's the more hilly of our three demo route options, encompassing 700m of vertical ascent over 37kms. There's plenty of uphill but nothing too steep, it's all 10% gradient or less.
First some preparations at our store, free parking, changing facilities, a bike fit/setup then we're off south-east with a gentle climb. We've left town behind in less than 5 minutes. 20 minutes later, we're descending fast into Allgreave and already onto the next county, Staffordshire. The all-new Infinito CV Disc is a very planted descender, perhaps the only criticism of the outgoing model.
..The Rose and Crown at Allgreave
Another gentle climb from Allgreave then we summit at the former Eagle and Child tearooms, rewarded with a spectacular vista across the Staffordshire moorlands.
A technical descent, over the packhorse bridge delineating Cheshire/Staffordshire where many unwary have come to grief(!), then it's an almost-Alpinesque climb to the highest village in England, Flash @1518ft above sea level.
Maybe a quick stop at Flash Bar Stores before heading into Derbyshire.
We're pretty high by now, a quick hop over Axe Edge and back into Cheshire then onto the highest point of the route, the Cat n' Fiddle, the second highest pub in England @1691ft, albeit currently temporarily closed.
Only 12kms to go from here, 11km of which are downhill! Not especially steep but one heck of a descent.
It's a lovely route, lots of variety, three counties, made all the better by the superb Infinito CV Disc 2019, the ultimate disc endurance road bike.