Friday 112th Sep will see the Tour Of Britain bike race come through Grindleford – at about 12.30pm the race organisers estimate. You may have noticed the banners up in the village about the day. There’s plenty going on! As well as the race coming through the village (it’ll come down from Padley, over the bridge, and then along the main road to Calver) there’s going to be a bike fair / market at the Sir William Hotel, parking has been arranged in the ‘dog-walking’ field (the one you walk through as you leave the road when walking to Froggatt), there’s to be a competitive hill climb up Sir William Hill to the Roman road, followed be a knees up at the pub with live music, a BBQ and real ales. The hill climb and the festival in the pub will be raising money towards the solar panels project at the village school so make sure to get your tickets. More details, as well as timings and a link to tickets, are available on the Grindleford Goat website.
If that weren’t enough there’s also going to be the annual Grindleford Goat Sportive on Saturday12th Sep, with 500 riders taking part this year to raise money for the Grindleford Community Shop. More info on the above website.
If you can ride a bike then there are still tickets left for both events, and the Saturday event ranges from an 8.5km family ride to a 108km monster ride taking in some of the Peak District’s finest hills and valleys.
Oh, one more thing. If you live on Main Road and want to move your car off the road on the Friday afternoon when the race comes through, then you can park it in the above-mentioned field for a small donation.