For the second year running Ride for Eric has partnered with local HSBC Guided Ride Leaders to deliver a series of Guided Rides to support your training for the 25km and 50km routes. Using roads near to the start of the sportive in the Bradfield area, both routes will prepare you for what to expect on the day – especially the climbs! Scroll down the page and click the links for more information and to sign up for the rides.
Dam Flask Dawdle Ride – 19km (training ride for the 25km route)
This route will be on roads from the sportive itself and will incorporate most of the hills that you will do on the day. What better way to make sure you are prepared!
We will start at the Admiral Rodney pub on Loxley Road and head up the long, steady climb towards the Dam. There we stay on the main road and start our first anticlockwise loop of Damflask with the first of the short but steep climbs before turning off onto a country lane down into Lower Bradfield.
We then head back alongside the Dam on New Road back towards Loxley Road and do the loop again but this time we will stop half way around for a cuppa and cake at the School Rooms Cafe in Lower Bradfield.
At the end of the 2nd loop we will turn right onto Loxley Road and head back down towards the Admiral Rodney pub. Luckily it's all downhill! BUT... if that's not enough, for those of you wanting to make sure you've tackled all the hills ready for the sportive... you have the option to carry on down Loxley Road to the bottom and then head back up again to the pub! After that you will have certainly earned a pint!
Sheffield's Tour De Bradfield – 33km (training ride for the 50km route)
This route tackles some of the same hills as when the Tour de France came visiting Yorkshire in 2014, so climbing legs are needed.
Starting out from the Cycle Circuit at Forge Valley Community School the route makes its way down to Malin Bridge before starting the gentle climb up to Dam Flask reservoir, which is popular on the weekends with cyclists and runners alike.
A full lap of the Dam and then a quick trip through Low Bradfield will bring the route to Agden Reservoir which will be skirted around as the route heads up Windy Bank to Mortimer Road where it picks up part of the 2014 Tour de France route. The reward for this climb is some of the best views in Sheffield before heading back to Sheffield via High Bradfield.
From High Bradfield, all of the previous climbing will be rewarded with some well-deserved downhill freewheeling before the final challenging ascent up to Hill Top via Storrs. As the name suggests there is some climbing to do here but the rewards are not just fabulous views but the chance to visit one of Sheffield’s hidden gems for a cuppa and cake - the Reserved Cafe in Stannington Park. From here it is pretty much all downhill on the way back to the Cycle Circuit at Forge Valley Community School.