Given Buxton’s proximity to The Peak District and the popularity of the sport, it seems peculiar that it’s taken until now for a cycle shop to appear on the High Street. For owner, Patrick Healy, it’s not just about opening a business, but meeting like-minded enthusiasts. Patrick has lived in Buxton all his life and has been an active member of the cycling community for over three decades so if you want a local expert, he’s your man.
“I love what I do” says Patrick. “I’m passionate about community involvement. Cycling is green too, with so much in the news recently”.
Peak Ascent Cycles was opened in June by boxer Jack Massey. The aim is to offer customers a full package; not just a new bike but advice on how to make the most out of cycling, tailored for professional and beginners alike. Whether you’re looking to improve your health, experience the great outdoors or find a more environmentally-agreeable way of getting to work, the showroom will have two wheels to suit all budgets. They do fitting and repairs, full service packages from £35+ VAT and if that wasn’t enough, they do free home delivery for all bike sales.
“If you’re a complete novice and new to cycling and want some general advice – pop in for chat. With the team’s experience, we can give also you tips on nutrition and fitness to help you get the most out of your cycling experience. Josh our qualified Cytech mechanic knows everything there is to know about cycling – and you can’t stop him once gets talking about it! He’s a cycling geek. His enthusiasm is just what we wanted”.
Within days of opening, Patrick was astonished to be asked by Eroica Britannia, one of the biggest cycling events in the UK calendar, if Peak Ascent Cycles would provide a repair station at the vintage cycle race in June. It seems that the shop had quickly filled a much-need gap. Patrick got to meet enthusiasts from all over the world at the 3 day festival. “It was so unexpected” he reflects, “It really was fantastic and so much fun.”
In-store Charity Cycle up Mt. Everest!
The shop has its own event on Saturday 10th November, 9.30am to 4pm, called 8 Cycle Everest. Eight members of Buxton Cycling Club are going to cycle the height of Mt. Everest – a massive 8,848m! (29,029ft). Using static bikes linked to the internet the cyclists will virtually ride the legendary Tour de France climb of Alpe D’Huez a total of 8 times.
They’re not just doing this for fun but raising money for two very valuable local charities – Blythe House and Derbyshire Leicester & Rutland Air Ambulance.
There will be coffee and cakes available and the opportunity to ride alongside the team on the brand new Raleigh Strada E-Bike to help the team achieve their goal. We know there’s plenty of keen cyclists in the area and they need all the help they can get… 🙂
You can also support this event by donating via their Just Giving page at justgiving.com/teams/8CycleEverest
Peak Ascent Cycles, 6 High Street, Buxton, SK17 6EU
T: 01298. 299011 / 07434 937 728