Blog by Maggie Tillson, Tourism Promotions Officer for Derby City Council’s Tourism Team (Visit Derby)
New year, new me – the plan is motivated by my imminent half century milestone this May. Can I shed 10 years and 10 llbs by then I wonder? If I experience all that Derby has to offer, I might be in with a chance!
First stop – a hearty breakfast. I like this Detox plan already! Better make it a healthy, nutritional feast to fire up my energy levels for everything else in store, so off I go to the Good Green Café on Sadler Gate. A gluten free haven with scrummy homemade organic food and drink. Better make it a Spring Green galette (pancake) and vitamin-stuffed banana smoothie I think.
Over to get my bike next which is parked up safe and secure (and free!) at the Park Bikeworks. After a quick tune-up (the bike) and rub down (me) with the on-site physio masseur, I’m ready for the off.
The Sustrans National Cycle Network routes 6 and 62 run right through Derby, so I could cycle the scenic 154 miles all the way to York if I fancied, but I’m sticking to route 54 which will connect me to the High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail out in the glorious Peak District. It’s great to be able to experience the best of both worlds. Derby’s a great place to stay and great base to settle to explore the surrounding countryside. You really can’t beat it!
That’s surely burnt off breakfast, so need to get the tank refuelled with some healthy lunch now, so back to the Park Bikeworks to park up, have a quick shower (me and the bike, not necessarily in the same cubicle) and tuck into some high energy/low fat tasty tuck at the deli’.
Some relaxation and chill out time is on the cards next, so maybe a yoga or Pilates class at Déda – Derby’s dance centre which also opens up the world of Strictly to everyone!
After another healthy breakfast, I’m heading over to Derby Arena for a track session at the fabulous velodrome. Can’t use my shopper here as track bikes are a completely different beast with no brakes or gears. With feet locked into the pedals, I take off after my tuition and safety briefing and really feel the burn! Can I get up to the highest 42 degree point? Maybe next time! I’m just relieved I didn’t fall off!