Grindleford’s got the Goat in cycling day

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The bunting’s arrived, the banners are up and the beer is ordered.

Tomorrow sees the Aviva Tour of Britain whizzing through the Peak District. Residents of Sheffield, who last summer at the Tour De France’s Grand Depart proved that they are the world’s most enthusiastic cycling fans, will no doubt be keen to head out of the city to watch the Tour of Britain as it spins by the town of Grindleford.

This year’s Tour of Britain falls on the same weekend as the village’s own cycle sportive, The Grindleford Goat, meaning the residents are prepped for some cycling fun. There’s a BBQ, real ales and a modest bike fair at the Sir William Hotel - complete with cycling apparel and roller racing duels.

At 5.30pm there will be competitive hill climb up Sir William Hill, followed by live music in the pub. The village shop is always very popular with cyclists, with its homemade cakes, teas and coffees and bike box full of tools for stricken riders. If you don’t fancy riding the 51km Nanny or 108km Billy, there’s always the 8.5km for kids.

All proceeds from the day will go to the solars panel project at the village school.

Call Alan Fairbrother on 01433 630160 for details.