The much-anticipated event, initially scheduled for Sunday 22nd of September, was unfortunately called-off by event organisers.
Now two determined Bondholders, Andrew Edmondson and Craig Barker — from Purely Digital and Koobr respectively — have teamed up after colleagues and friends within the business community expressed their disappointment that the event would no longer be taking place.
“A lot of local businesses and communities take part in the Derby Sportive every year,” explains Craig. “It’s something that people have been looking forward to for quite some time — ourselves included!
“It would be a massive shame not to go ahead just because the event is now officially closed. That’s why we’re letting people know that a few of us are still going ahead. We’d love for everybody who was planning on taking part to come and join us.”
The Derby Sportive has traditionally offered four distances covering North Derbyshire and the Peak District, each with varying levels of difficulty.
“We wanted to invite everybody, not just avid cyclists,” says Andrew. “That’s why we’ve chosen a route that’s not too challenging — a fun and comfortable 40km ride out towards Carsington Reservoir with plenty of gorgeous scenery. But there will definitely be a few hills along the way to get the blood pumping. It should be a great day!
“We’ve already had quite a few people get in touch when they heard we were doing it, and we look forward to seeing a few more on the day.”
The group will be setting off from Markeaton Park next Sunday at 10:00 am. If you would like to get involved, contact Craig or Andrew for more details.