The Britannia Times
A Great British Thank YouPublished on 19th. August 2019
Saturday 17th and Sunday the 18th of August were truly special days...
We had set up a capsule Eroica Britannia camp on the edge of Peakender and spent all day Saturday welcoming and registering the majority of our Riders from all over the UK and also from Germany/ France/ Netherlands / Switzerland / Sweden / Spain / Italy / Belgium / Poland / USA / Indonesia and Denmark.
On Sunday - registration had finished by 8am and our Riders had assembled on the Start Line in the morning sun, ready for 65 tough miles of The Great British Adventure.
To Our Riders
Thank you for adapting and changing with us for our special edition Ride. It was a big decision to run The 500 - such a different event to our usual 3-day festival and 3 route Rides. We can’t thank you enough for snapping up Ride Places, putting extreme effort into your kit and your amazing bikes. Also much appreciation for your excellent company!
We were also delighted to see Eroica Britannia supporters who either didn’t get a place and just wanted to come down to Bakewell - just because.
Ride Day Volunteers
Special thanks to Eroica Britannia ride day volunteer marshalls for your support, you are vital to the success of Eroica Britannia and we are forever indebted to everyone who gives up their time to help. We enjoyed chatting with many of you this year - and admire your spirit, generosity and dedication to helping make Eroica Britannia run beautifully.
Route Master - Marco Mori
Marco has been in charge of Eroica Britannia routes for the last 6 years. He helps us deliver The Ride with adventure and wanderlust at heart - with Great Britishness and the all important Italian connection to keep the spirit of L’Eroica burning strong. Thank you Marco for everything you do. Not just The Ride Route - but managing an entire army of Ride Day marshalls and volunteers and enlisting your friends and family into our company as well.
The Creative Team - 93ft
Thanks to 93 for the sixth year of creating, producing and imagining Eroica Britannia. 93 look after all digital and creative content, copy, photography, film direction, print and all creative direction - plus much more! Thank you especially to Nick Clark for immaculately produced creative briefs which helps capture the beauty of the event.
Our Event Supporters
Thank you for your continued support of Eroica Britannia - who packed your Kit Bags with goodies - including Thornbridge Brewery, Buxton Water, Hendrick’s Gin, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, Tick Tock Tea, Frederick’s of Chesterfield, San Pellegrino, Franklin & Sons Tonic and KIND bars.
The Registration Team
Extra special thanks goes to Lucy Crapper, Steph Gale, Polly Baldwin and Sarah Rooper who smiled, laughed and helped each of our Riders register on Saturday and Sunday.
Mark Ashcroft, Richard Hine and Kris Hogg for being everywhere all at once, dressed in full tweed and enormous smiles.
Jason Rooper and Mable who were an essential part of Saturday’s Rider Registration on Saturday and Jason who drove the Broom Wagon on Sunday
James Swann from LW Event Consulting for a fabulously smooth Ride Control.
Bakewell and the Surrounding Villages
Thanks to everyone who flagged us down to have a chat, to every car that slowed down or let us pass, to everyone in the villages who cheered as we went past - for the friendly nods and waves.
The Monyash Food Stop Team
Margaret & Michael Mitchell for kindly offering their land for the Food Stop at Monyash - and allowing us to take over your beautiful pasture and supplying chairs, tables, kindness and your time.
Amy Wright, Sara Rodgers, Fran Shore, Sally Green who made sure each and every rider had a friendly word and an exuberant stamp in your Road Book as you arrived into the Monyash Food Stop.
The Refreshment Stop at High Peak Junction
Thanks to Rick Jillings of DCC, Tomson Fruit and Kind Bars - and of course Sally Green for Banana management.
The Food & Drink Team at Monyash
Blake and Alice of The Lambton Larder for organising the delicious picnic lunches at Monyash on Sunday and for our volunteers on Saturday. We are still dreaming of the veggie/vegan scotch eggs!
Huge thanks to Peak Ales and of course Banfi Wine for wonderful ales and wines and a special shout out to Banfi - for an excellent Ride team and fabulous company! Thanks also to the wonderful Youlgrave Silver Band who kept us entertained at lunchtime.
The Treat Stop at The Quiet Women, Earl Sterndale
The ever amazing Frederick’s of Chesterfield for their continued and valued support for THE most delicious ice-creams.
Our favourite cyclists Coffee Hide in Sheffield - Gaard for ‘lifesaving’ espresso to get our Riders home served up from the ultra stylish H-Van.
And a special thanks to Mr Mellor and the hens of The Quiet Women who allowed us to set up a mini festival camp in your carpark…
The Start Line Team
Mark Ashcroft, Richard Hine, Kris Hogg and each and every shop owner and resident of Bakewell including Mark Wakeman and Kevin Ash who helped us including Helen Hartley of The Bakewell Pudding Company and H Boutique Hotel, Bakewell. Special mention to John and Sally Grehan and Ian Parke who have been on the Start Line for each Ride since 2014.
Also - sincere thanks to Lord Burlington for his kind words at the start and of course the Youlgrave Silver Band.
The Finish Line Team
Lucy Crapper, Steph Gale, Polly Baldwin, Helen Mori, Fran Shore, Amy Wright, Cat Fisher, Isobel Bancroft and our incredible volunteer family who gave each and every rider - and we mean until our very last Rider - Andrew made it over the finish line - huge smiles, vigorous clapping, congratulations, water, food and of course the all important finish line stamp.
The Film and Photography Squad
Photographers guided under the Creative Direction of design studio, 93. Special thanks goes out to Tom Smith, Joey O’Connell, Alex Cooper and Jack Buchanan Hague for all their hard work and incredible photography capturing the life and miles of Eroica Britannia The 500.
Our thanks also goes out to the cinematographer team who shot over 15 hours of footage on Sunday 18th August. Credit goes out to Director of Cinematography Craig Heathcote, Cinematographers Poppy Rogers, James Ryan and Sam Walker. Views from the skies expertly captured by Alex Dunigan. The film will be released before the end of 2019.
Thanks to our cheery band of Riders who were in charge of handing out KIND bars and good vibes! The excellent Matt Rodgers, Dave Clarke, Thom Barnett, Nick Newton, Steve Greathead, Adam Peach, Tom Smith, Justin Gale, Tristan Gale, Dom Raban, Camilla and Rachael, Gian Carlo, Sam Walker and Lily Hayes
Thanks to all of the photographers who were out on the route - who have now prepared Riders photography for you to purchase.
The Medic Team
EMS Ambulance Medical Team - thank you for your ever professional service.
The Mechanics Squad
Special thanks to you for helping our Riders when they needed you the most!
Six Fifty Cycles / Patrick Healy of Peak Ascent Cycles / Graham Starkey / Peak District National Park Cycle Hire (Parsley Hay) / Blackwell Mill Cycle
The Back Markers Squad
Common Lane Occasionals Cycling Club - thank you to David Haddow , Stuart Wordley, Patrick Fairclough & John Camateras for making sure everyone came back to us in good spirits!
The Peakender Team
Enormous thanks to Chloe, Alex and Gareth from the Peakender / Thornbridge Team - who welcomed us, sponsored us, supported us and couldn’t do enough to make sure Eroica Britannia had everything it needed to host The 500. Extra special thanks to Simon, Emma and Jim for just being great. All of the time.
Bakewell Showground Groundworks Team
Peter and his ever helpful team - a true gent.
Extra Special Thanks to...
Monyash Parish Council for their great support in organising the Monyash Food Stop
The Peak District National Park Authority
Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire
Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire Dales Council