Most cyclists try to avoid Derbyshire’s longest, steepest hills.
But for teenager Amelie Wayte, there’s one climb in particular she’s intending to get very familiar with next month.
On August 4th, the 16-year-old from Holloway, near Matlock, will attempt to ride up and down a monster climb near her home an incredible 63 times.
If successful, she’ll become the youngest female rider in the UK to ‘Everest’ by bike – clocking over 29,029 feet (8.848m) of ascent to match the height of the world’s highest peak.
Amelie, a pupil at Wirksworth’s Anthony Gell School, is already a budding cycling star – she’s one of just 21 women in the UK on British Cycling’s Apprentice Scheme, and has clocked up an impressive list of victories in the cycling disciplines of road, track and cyclo-cross.
But her solo effort on August 4th has nothing to do with trophies or podium places. Instead, she’s raising money via JustGiving for Cardiac Risk in the Young – in memory of fellow teenage cyclist Charlie Craig, from Hayfield, Derbyshire, who died in his sleep in 2017, aged 15.
Any cash that is donated will be going to the charity Clic Sargent in support of Amelie’s friend Ben Hutty who was diagnosed with cancer last year.
“It’s going to be an amazing challenge - I expect to be riding for over 18 hours in total,” said Amelie.
“I’ll be taking a short break every ten ascents, but otherwise I’ll just be riding up and down. The hill is part of the disused railway from near Cromford to Black Rocks, known as Sheep Pasture Incline, so it’s a climb I do regularly on my training rides.
“Most cyclists would tell you that one ascent is hard enough, so I know that 63 will be the ultimate test!”
Amelie, who climbed France’s legendary Col du Tourmalet aged just eight, is a former Matlock Cycling Club member and now rides for The MI Racing Academy.
Her JustGiving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amelie-wayte.