It is with great sadness that we heard last week of the passing of Chris Spin stalwart Steve Ludlam. Steve had been a regular participant on the ride pretty much since the early days back in 2006. He passed away on 13 September from cancer after a short illness and leaves behind his wife Julia and his two sons.
Steve spent his working life as a lecturer in Politics at Sheffield University. He was also an active member and great follower Cuban and South American politics – here is a tribute piece by Rob Miller, director of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.
From a personal point of view, I had the great pleasure of riding next to Steve for a large section of the ride this year and we had a wide ranging conversation which included him telling me about his plan to cycle to all the Wednesday away games – an activity which combined two of his great loves.
Steve will be sadly missed.
Around 23 people took part in the ride this year following the same course as previous years. There were also a few doing the shorter ride as well. The lunch stop moved to Foolow due to over-booking in Great Longstone, which meant an extra hill before we could get our hands on those lovely butties. Once again we got lucky with the weather although it did threaten at one point. The wind was a friend on Froggatt but a foe on Stanage.
Thanks to everyone who took part for making it another great day.
Here are a few photos of the ride taken by Theo and Alan:
New maps are available for this year’s ride. The course is pretty much the same as previous years although the lunch stop has moved and we have made a slight tweak to one section to take advantage of good roads.
Long Ride – ChrisSpin2017-LongRide
Short Ride – ChrisSpin2017-ShortRide
Please fill out this form if you wish to take part in this year’s ride which will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017.
Chris Spin 2017 has been planned for Saturday 13the May. It is likely it will be on the same course and good weather has been arranged again!
Thanks to everyone who took part on Saturday – it was a great event and one of the best ever.
I have added a few photos here.
I only got a few so if anyone else has any, can you email me on alan [at] rockfax.com
Also, I think there were a few stories this year since I kept hearing about punctures and split tyres but I am not sure who they happened to so if you have any stories, please email those as well and I will include them in the report.
And don’t forget the donation page!
The maps for both course are now available.
They are in a single PDF document – Chris Spin 2016-Course Maps
If you are intending on joining us then please can you fill out the form here – it is a big help for the sandwich committee.
The village hall has been booked, the beautiful weather ordered and the scene is once again perfectly set for a great day cycling in the Peak. In a break from previous years we have moved it on to the weekend after the bank holiday and moved from the Sunday to Saturday 7th May.
Start building up those miles in your legs!
If you want to join us then please fill out the application form here. Tell others as well or get them to submit their email addresses using the ‘subscribe to mailing list’ option here so that we can keep everyone informed.
Starting times for the Long Ride are 10 am in the car park at Heatherdene by Ladybower.
For the Short Ride meet at 11am in Foolow.
The maps for both rides are now available.
Long Ride – Chris Spin 2015 – LongRide
Short Ride – Chris Spin 2015 – ShortRide
Also, a quick reminder to please register if you are attending since it is a great help for the sandwich committee! – Form here