Thanks to everyone who took part in the 14th Chris Spin. It was another great year with over 20 people taking part over the two courses. The weather threatened at times but we never suffered more than a few drops of rain and it was calm and warm for the most part. The good conditions contributed to what turned out to be the fastest ever completion of the circuit although it was a close run thing. At one point we were 12 minutes ahead of the previous best but in the end we just made it by 70 seconds! The new lunch stop was a success (and added a few km to the length).
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The 2019 event is two weeks away now. The maps for the two courses are now available. There have been some small changes to the past year’s course including a new lunch stop. There is also a new blocked section of road on Eyam Edge which can be passed on bikes.
Long Course Map – Chris Spin 2019 – Long Course
Short Course Map – Chris Spin 2019 – Short Course
There was some sad news last week when we learnt that Nick Arkle had passed away. Nick had been with Chris Spin since the beginning back in 2006 having work with Chris for many years in Rotherham. Everyone who has ridden a Chris Spin will remember fondly Nick’s very welcome presence at Mam Tor and the top of Froggatt where he dispensed welcome drinks. He will be sadly missed. His funeral will be Monday 8th April, 3.30pm at Grenoside Crematorium South.
The Just Giving site is now up and running with a 2019 target of £1000 – JustGiving
Please fill out this form if you wish to take part in this year’s ride which will take place on Saturday 18th May 2019. If you have problems filling out the form on your mobile then please use the Contact Form to give your consent, contact number and preferred ride distance.
We are looking forward to seeing you for Chris and Steve Spin on Saturday 23rd June.
Meeting times for the Long Ride are 9.30am in the car park at Heatherdene by Ladybower for a 10am start – HERE
Remember to bring some money for the parking meter there if you are coming by car and please try to arrive 9:30am or soon thereafter so we can ensure everyone is clear about any route hazards, about the refreshment stops and about the location of lunch before we leave at 10am. Please bring £5 to cover lunch which, as ever, will be sumptuous.
For the Short Ride, meet at 11am in Foolow by the Bull’s Head pub – HERE
The maps are available from the web site:
Short Course – ChrisSpin2018-ShortRide
Long course – ChrisSpin2018-LongRide
Please download, print and bring with you if you can. Otherwise, we will have a few spares on the day. The course is pretty much the same as last year and will be marked with chalk hopefully unless you get too far ahead.
If you haven’t yet filled out an application form then you can do so here – http://www.chrisspin.org/2018/02/chris-spin-2018-application-form/
Lunch will be in Foolow Village Hall
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning.
Michael, Ian, Gill, Kate and Alan
Here are the maps for the 2018 ride. We will be using g the chalk marking system from last year as well this year.
Short Ride – ChrisSpin2018-ShortRide
Long Ride – ChrisSpin2018-LongRide
Please fill out this form if you wish to take part in this year’s ride which will take place on Saturday 23rd June 2018.
Please go to Chris Spin 2018 Application Form
to view the application form
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: