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Networking on Two Wheels: Exploring the Peak District with FiF

We had another fantastic turnout for the May edition of our monthly networking cycling event, known as "FiF" (or to use its full title, "F*&k it Friday"… excuse our French :-). The riders were blessed with glorious sunshine as they began their journey through the breath-taking landscapes of the Peak District. K-Club organises these cycling events on the last Friday of every month, all year round. These gatherings have become synonymous with both exciting routes and excellent camaraderie.

Over the years, our group rides have established themselves as an outstanding networking platform where we offer accessible rides of medium difficulty, designed to accommodate road bike enthusiasts of all skill levels. Embracing the ethos of "work hard, play hard," these monthly rides have fostered numerous friendships and successful business relationships. We extend a warm invitation to all, regardless of their K-Club membership status, to join us at these events.

Our ride began at 8:30 am, departing from Knutsford. As we traversed the picturesque countryside of Peover and Siddington, the surroundings set the stage for a fabulous day. Upon reaching the village of Sutton, we began our first climb of the day: the renowned Coalpit Lane, which bridged us over to Tegs Nose. Continuing our ascent along Buxton Old Road, we climbed further into the Peaks, taking in the breath-taking scenery alongside the Lamaload Reservoir. Our ultimate destination was the summit of the infamous Blaze Hill, where we were able to rest for a moment and enjoy the panoramic views. From there, we descended into the village of Bollington, where we enjoyed delightful coffee and cake at Café Waterside. Nestled within the historic Clarence Mill, adjacent to the stunning canal, it provided the perfect setting for our well-deserved refreshments.

Reinvigorated, we continued our journey through Prestbury, climbing Hare Hill before descending Artists Lane. The serenity of the back lanes in Mobberley and Knutsford brought us closer to the end of our ride. Covering a distance of 70 kilometres and climbing just over 1,000 meters, the route left us with a satisfying sense of accomplishment.

Dominic Tinner, Relationships Director at Seashell Trust, commented:

"What an amazing day of cycling! The FiF ride through the Peak District was filled with wonderful scenery and a few challenging climbs. It was great to see riders of all skill levels come together and support each other. The coffee and cake stop in the picturesque village of Bollington was the cherry on top. Thanks to the FiF group for the warm welcome. Count me in for next month!"

Simon Crump, Founder and Director of RGS, commented:

"Attending the monthly FiF cycling events is an absolute blast! The stunning landscapes of the Peak District combined with the glorious sunshine made for a thrilling and unforgettable day. The camaraderie among riders was incredible, and I met some fantastic people. Kudos to the K-Club for organising such a friendly and inclusive networking platform."

We warmly welcome road cyclists of all abilities, and we adhere to a 'no drop' policy. This ensures that no rider is left behind. We either regroup at the top of climbs or divide into smaller groups if necessary. To keep everyone informed about upcoming events, we have a dedicated FiF WhatsApp group. If you'd like to join the group and stay updated, please let us know. Our next ride will take place on Friday, June 30th, and we will announce the route and meeting point in due course.


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