The Pannier Dark Peak Weekender is a weekend of camping, riding, socialising and loaded hill climbing, for the travelling cyclist. Taking place at North Lees: a beautiful, quiet setting nestled in the hills of the northern “Dark Peak” area of the Peak District National Park.
The National Park owned campsite makes a special basecamp location – the touring roads, high above Hathersage, are perfect for beginning the planned weekend social rides, and Cattis-side – a single-track road rising up to the iconic Stanage Edge from the campsite – is the ideal natural theatre for the first closed-road Loaded Hill Climb event on Sunday 24th April.
Loaded Hill Climb [n.]
a timed climb up a hill on a loaded touring bike. You ride your own bike, we provide a set kitlist; a standardised handicap. No need to take any of your 36 spokes out, or cut your bars down.
The traditional Hill Climb circuit is an end-of-cycling-season spectacle held through October and November – reaching its climax with the annual National Hill Climb Championship, which is held in various steep parts of the country. With their slightly different loaded (touring) approach, Pannier wants to establish a Loaded Hill Climb in the midst of Spring to signal the beginnings of the cycle-touring season. They have deliberately chosen this rural but accessible location in the stunning Peak District; a special place to spend the whole weekend, aligned to travelling by bike. In the Pannier spirit, the hill climb isn’t just an event in itself; they have also forged a slow weekend of camping, socialising and riding.
In the evenings, a number of talks related to cycling, touring and the outdoors are planned. With food and drink in mind, the local Sunshine Pizza Oven parking up on the Friday evening, cycle traveller Tom Perkins (of the Nomadic Kitchen and author of Spices & Spandex – the Travel Cookbook) is already busy preparing a tasty menu for the travellers’ feast on the Saturday evening, and a local microbrewery is lined up to brew an initial batch of Pannier’s own Route Beer©.
Join them at Pannier Basecamp for the weekend, or just come along on the Sunday and enter the Loaded Hill Climb event. If you don’t fancy the Loaded Hill Climb, head to North Lees to spectate; Pannier cowbells will be available on the day…
For more information and ticket options, please visit the event website.