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A longer Saturday social ride this week with a tough climb which everyone did with smiles and banter (once at the top 😀). All enjoyed the long downhill to the great cafe stop at The Old Reading Rooms, Clapham. It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the open fire there. We were accompanied by blue skies and a gentle breeze all the way back. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Kevan at Settle due to an injury picked up from last week’s very windy ride. The rest of us all stayed together and got back before it got too dark. Thank you all for making it an enjoyable ride.
Rick Small writes:
Apparently everyone survived the effect of Brian or Bryan (not sure which) on today’s weather. Many opted for the 30/35 mile route – different to the one planned,see Steve Wilkinson’s Report. Five of us followed the 50 mile route over Waddington Fell where conditions weren’t too bad,just rather gusty. Excellent cafe stop in Waddington , most people on – guess what,beans on toast! No great surprise that it was going to rain on the way back. Great for myself to get the waterproof out after 11 days of sun in Mallorca (got the dust washed off!) We all kept together,most of the time and had a fine ride.Cheers – Rick.(as dictated to and typed by his secretary CR)
With Storm Brian threatening to blow a gale, seven chose the shorter route and an earlier finish today rather than suffer the hostile elements of the longer route over Waddington Fell with the SW headwind and rain. So Rick Small set off with an intrepid 4 to tackle the 50 miler. The shorter route was revised at Barnoldswick to keep off the high ground over Brogden Lane opting for the smooth and sheltered tarmac of the lane through Horten to Newsholme where we were joined the 50 milers making their way along the advertised route. Then we amended the route direction again after Paythorne Bridge and Halton West as we didn’t want to turn for home just yet. The rain had kept away and so we went on to Hellifield, Otterburn and Bell Busk where Grahame punctured. A repair was effected speedily on his front tyre and then we made our way to Winterburn and Hetton . The usual “dash”down Grassington road was reduced somewhat by the strenghtening headwind making a refuelling stop at Bean Loved an absolute must. Good to see Alistair out with us and Simon getting in the miles and enjoying his Saturday rides again. The rain came down as we departed Bean Loved making it a wet ride home for those not Skipton based.
Chris Gibbons writes:
A bit of a hill fest this week with 1000ft every 10 miles. 64 miles. Is winter cancelled, felt like an early Summer ride, shorts, 18 degrees, sitting outside for coffee in Ripon!
7 rider strong at beginning with hills & time constraints causing an agreed split of the pack as ride continued.
Nidderdale and beyond always delivers on a good leg work out. I enjoyed it, feed back on ride welcomed, keep it clean though!
It might not seem too attractive to the reader to learn that today’s ride had to confront a real mixed bag of weather conditions that caused a diversion from the planned route, obliterated any views on high ground, had us cycling through flood water with water up to the axles of our wheels and over the tops of our shoes but which finished in autumn sunshine and near summer temperatures. In fact those who took part reported high levels of enjoyment. The 11 who set off to do the longer route were met by Kevan near Winterburn who had cycled down from Kirby Malham with tales of flooded roads on the planned route to Airton. So we changed course and headed for Eshton and up the Malham road. The R, Aire was in full spate near Newlands Hall and just beyond we met the first of what was to be a series of flooded roads. During the course of the day we adopted various techniques to try to keep our feet out of the water but you can only do so much when forward movement is stalled by water 12± inches deep. The 30 milers left us at Airton heading for Hellifield as we climbed over Scotsthrop Lane to Attermire and that fast descent down High Hill Lane to Settle. The Highland cattle loomed out of the mist over the tops and seem to be more threatening than they really are! Nevertheless slowing to snail’s pace to get past them seems the most sensible thing to do. The drizzle and mist obscured any chance of the wide view from the tops here. Our cafe stop at 3 Peaks Cycles was a first and we were welcomed by the owner. Beans on toast with or without eggs, Fish finger butties and toasties were consumed and off again to ride into clouds from Stainforth to Halton Gill. Christine P left us at Settle and Kevan did the same at Silverdale. Just beyond the Malham Road turn off we were confronted by a pack of Hounds coming down the road out of the mist. We wondered what they might be hunting up there on such a day. The fast road to Halton Gill from Dalehead was spectacular for the gushing streams coming down from the high ground and the valley opposite was intersected in every gully with ribbons of white water. The roaring R, Skirfare at H. Gill was barely contained in its banks and in the next several miles down to Arncliffe we had to ride through these overflows and any pretext of keeping feet dry was quickly dispelled. There is something very rewarding though when you are able to see this powerful natural aspect of the Dales at close quarters without the presence of cars which would struggle to get through. Joining Wharfedale at Kilnsey we continued down to Bolton Abbey and then over the gated road back to Skipton as the sun broke the clouds and raised the temperature to the mid teens which dried us out for our ride debrief in Bean Loved.
Neil Wilson writes: Well, what a pleasant and eventful Saturday social ride! As ride leader, I scored two ‘firsts’: this was the first club ride where we had a rider on an e-bike; and this was the first club ride where the ride leader took a tumble (thanks to a wet road and some freshly laid cow crap) and in the process brought down the e-bike and rider. Emma – sincere apologies again. Add to this Cath’s troublesome rear tyre/tube and it’s fair to say there was plenty going on. Problems aside, it was a grand day out where the pulses of rain didn’t detract from a splendid route (thanks Caran), an excellent cafe stop (Elaine at Feizor delivered to her usual high standard), and great company – thanks to all who participated today.
For the 3rd year running the club had organised a weekend away in the summer. We returned to the bunkhouse at Brigsteer this year because we were so impressed with the facilities in 2016 that it was a no-brainer to return. Not only is the accommodation of a high standard but the local pub lays on a minibus to pick us up and return us on Saturday evening. The South Lakes has a lot of routes to offer and the roads are fairly quiet. The weather this year was a considerable improvement on 2016 which was literally a washout. This year we enjoyed sunshine and only a little rain. 3 routes were organised: Cartmel and Grange over Sands, Kirkstone, Shap and Lakeside to Coniston via Grizedale.
The weekend got off to a great start with the Friday evening shared meal. All appetites catered for with generous helpings and choice of sweets too.
Each ride was undertaken at an inclusive social pace and had obligatory cafe stops on the way.
All agreed that it had been a great success and as a feature of club activity will be repeated annually.
A dozen out on a bank holiday Monday evening ain’t bad. Plenty of enthusiasm up Black Park climb. Sun shone till it got dark. Note to self, bring lights.
Good to see you out for a guest appearance Andy Hartley.
We had our very own personal photographer in the form of Andy Spencer tonight, pics and vids are sure to pop up somewhere in the next few days
Good steady group ride back from Linton, keep it together we said…..and we did ….until the traditional last sprint to the Craven Heifer. 🏁🇬🇧
Same time next week for more Monday Club fun
Sometimes the usual 50 mile distance of the routine Saturday social ride just isn’t enough to satisfy the appetites of members who want to take advantage of the long summer days and get further afield. This route is a comparatively easy one that gets you out of the familiar zone and gives an opportunity for putting some distance in at a decent pace. A good cafe stop at half way point helps and then a run down to the Benthams gives great views of Ingleborough and Whernside from unfamiliar angles.
We had a slightly demanding schedule to meet as the cafe suggested that we get there before 1 as a large group of cyclist from Blackburn had booked in too. So we made a prompt start from Chevin Cycles at 9.30. 16 set off. 3 for the 30 mile and the rest for the long one. These numbers swelled as we picked up Kevan and Maurice en route and then Roy caught us leaving Swinden Hall. By this stage we had already had a delay for one puncture at the canal bridge outside Gargrave as Mike suffered a flat rear tyre for the second week running.
The 30 milers left us at Hellifield and we pressed on to Wigglesworth down Flat Lane and got a good pace going along to the A65 near Settle. … keep on reading!
My first go at ride leader on a Saturday went without a hitch (thankfully). Andy Solloway stood in again and led the 30 miler’s for which there seemed a good number of riders, which left me with the 50 miler to have a go at! With a route from Caran to follow we set of on time with 13 and decent weather, including some new faces to the 50 mile crew (Liz, Peter, Wendy and Carl).
A decent pace to Bolton Abbey then we were joined fashionably late by Mike at Barden to make a good group of 14 on the climb to Blubberhouses, where we regrouped. Cath and Martyn did a fantastic job of leading a well behaved pack at a sprightly pace all the way to the cafe at Fewston Farm shop. Refuelled and onto Askwith moor, battling a crosswind good progress was made by all. Down into Askwith and onto Ilkley in two tidy packs sheltered from the wind, good progress was made.
Quick pit stop for Edward and we were off to the infamous Cocking Lane. After a chance to catch our breath at the top we then made for Skipton via the old road from Silsden to Bradley. Back into Skipton before 3! So thank you all for making my job so easy and enjoyable!