Riding, hills + tears

Having just bought a Specialized Tarmac SL5 and going on a family weekend away in the Peaks, it seemed only logical for our Partnership Domestique Jonny to take to the hills and ride there via The Cat and Fiddle. It didn’t quite go to plan, but it’s not all bad – the ride did have a silver lining. Read on to find out what he got up to on his mini adventure.

Here’s his account: 

I’m guessing you don’t want to hear about my weekend away in the Peaks, but how about hearing about my climb up the Cat and Fiddle and sipping a crisp half-pint at the top on my way there? Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? I thought that too.

But sadly, just over 16 miles into my ride and only 20 minutes climbing left until the beer would hit my lips at the summit, I heard a horrible noise from down below – not me, the bike – and my chain dropped to the floor.


I was gutted, it was my first big climb on my new Tarmac and it was cut short. On the plus side, the views were incredible, but with the wind blowing a cold breeze my attention was diverted to finding somewhere warm.

An hours walk to the Cat and Fiddle Inn didn’t sound appealing. Luckily, I was a 5-minute freewheel down to a pub near Wildboarclough. I turned off the Cat and Fiddle and made my way to the Stanley Arms.

With only my credit card to hand and a £10 minimum payment, I was ready to get myself some grub as well, that was until a kind gentleman offered to pay for my beer after hearing about my chain, lucky me!

As I took the last sip my lift had arrived to take me home, I was saved. I got the bike in the car, grabbed some change from my dad, paid the guy in the pub back and then I was on the way home.

All in all, it was great fun (even when my chain decided to give up on me) and I would recommend this climb to any cyclist. With a new KMC chain on my bike I’m ready for round 2 – until next time Cat and Fiddle.

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