Beginners in Sheffield

Retroman10
Retroman10 Posts: 30
edited September 2010 in Road beginners
Hi all,

I've recently bought myself a road bike and I'm looking for ideal beginner routes for fitness etc in Sheffield. I live in Heeley but anything would be useful so I can start getting out and about.

I went out near barnsley at the weekend for my first ride and did 22 miles which I was pretty happy with although a couple of the hills killed my thighs.

Any recommendations welcome.

Cheers.

Comments

  • Hi and welcome.

    If you go to the 'routes and riding' section at the top you will definitely find a lot of routes around Sheffield.

    You can change the criteria in the search to give you the best routes. I have used it a few times and find some excellent routes around my area.

    Unfortunately I aren't from Sheffield so that is the best I can help you.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,748
    Retroman10 wrote:
    Hi all,

    I've recently bought myself a road bike and I'm looking for ideal beginner routes for fitness etc in Sheffield. I live in Heeley but anything would be useful so I can start getting out and about.

    I went out near barnsley at the weekend for my first ride and did 22 miles which I was pretty happy with although a couple of the hills killed my thighs.

    Any recommendations welcome.

    Cheers.

    The hills will kill your thighs, even if you're super fit!

    You're a lucky guy - lots of great riding in Sheffield.
  • Haha. I'll probs feel lucky after I've actually gained some fitness.

    Right now...its just pain still only done 1 ride so far although that was pretty awesome. Went pretty close to emely moor...or however you spell it.

    Think I'm gonna plan to cycle south west to places like Eyam ( Plague Village) and Bakewell ( TARTS) :D
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,748
    Retroman10 wrote:
    Haha. I'll probs feel lucky after I've actually gained some fitness.

    Right now...its just pain still only done 1 ride so far although that was pretty awesome. Went pretty close to emely moor...or however you spell it.

    Think I'm gonna plan to cycle south west to places like Eyam ( Plague Village) and Bakewell ( TARTS) :D

    The roads in and around Bakewell are the best I've ever ridden in the UK (maybe not in surface).

    However, I can't remember a thing about how to get there etc. Being the sh!t one of the Uni club there means you never end up leading a group out.
  • Retroman10 wrote:
    Haha. I'll probs feel lucky after I've actually gained some fitness.

    Right now...its just pain still only done 1 ride so far although that was pretty awesome. Went pretty close to emely moor...or however you spell it.

    Think I'm gonna plan to cycle south west to places like Eyam ( Plague Village) and Bakewell ( TARTS) :D
    The routes from Sheffield out to the northern White Peak villages such as Eyam, Foolow, Wardlow. Longstone etc are really nice rides. No need to go on a single main road for very long. Hilly but without the brutal long climbs you get a bit further north. Getting home can be a bit painful though because the only ways home all go up over the grit stone edges. Make the effort though as it improves your hill climbing ability very quickly.

    After a while when you want a longer ride try heading out to Edale and over Mam Nick to Castleton. Not easy but achievable and it feels great when you get to the top.

    I cycle in the sheffield/peaks area a lot and whenever I cycle anywhere else I'm always amazed how easy the hills seem!
  • sheffsimon
    sheffsimon Posts: 1,282
    Retroman10 wrote:
    Hi all,

    I've recently bought myself a road bike and I'm looking for ideal beginner routes for fitness etc in Sheffield. I live in Heeley but anything would be useful so I can start getting out and about.

    I went out near barnsley at the weekend for my first ride and did 22 miles which I was pretty happy with although a couple of the hills killed my thighs.

    Any recommendations welcome.

    Cheers.

    Heeley, thru Brincliffe, up Ringinglow is your best route out of Sheff. Then Burbage, Bamford Moor to Bamford and back to Hathersage for cup of tea (Cintra's cafe on left coming into village from Hope), anywhere round Eyam (also cafes), out to Hope (Woodbine cafe) are all options.

    Always nice to stop at a caff, especially for a beginner :)

    Unfortunately, every nice ride from Sheffield is hilly. :)