Wednesday Spring 2017

Over the winter we all tend to ease up and bit, hide on the turbo and avoid windy hillsides. To get some intensity back in last year I ran a series of lumpy rides on a Wednesday night. They are based on around 30 minutes of climbing and an hour or so of steady riding. You’ll find that similar to many Sufferfest workouts, and quite frankly, you won’t wany any more than 30 minutes of upper threshold work of an evening.

So idea is, we all ride together, nice and steady to the bottom of the climb, then go at your own pace to the top and regroup. We then ride altogether again to the bottom of the next hill. There are 2 main hills on each route.

This year I’ve dropped it to just 2 routes to give you a chance to hit the same hills week on week. Both routes start with Black Park. On both routes the 2nd climb can be cut out if you’re not feeling it.

Route 1 – Starting 15/03 Black Park – Hartlington Raikes

Hartlington Raikes goes up from by Hebden, rather than turning left, you just head straight up the hill to the B6265. It’s a long climb with a steep start levelling off half way up. Hit the start hard as you’ll get some rest shortly after. Return via Linton, chain-gang down Grassington road if you’re feeling up for it.

Route 2 – Black Park – Langbar

Langbar is steep and doesn’t ease off for one minute. Wait until you can see the full climb ahead before going for it, the start from the turning is not the main hill. Return via Nesfield gated road.

https://www.strava.com/routes/7908804

Skipton Chain Gang starts 4th May

Every Wednesday night, starting from the 4th May, we’re going to be doing the Skipton Chain Gang. It’s the same route every week (Skipton to Buckden and back), total of 36 miles. Meet at 6:30PM outside Dave Ferguson Cycles. Pace will be about 20mph, so we should be back for 8:30.

We’ll aim stay together on the way out, but pace will be high, so you’ll need to be able to hold a high speed (think 18mph on a solo ride). The way back will be a chain gang from Buckden all the way back.

A few rules:

  1. Ease up the climbs: 3 main climbs on the way back, Kettlewell, Long Ashes and Threshfield Bank. If you kill it on the climbs, we’ll split up and all be doing a time trial home, which is not the point.
  2. Ease up when you go past: Don’t go past the group like a steam train, you’ll split the group up. Ease up a tiny bit as you pass, but don’t brake and don’t stop pedalling or everyone will crash into you.
  3. Keep it tight: We’ll be riding 2 abreast, so cars can get past we need to ride tight together. There should be no more than half a foot between you and the rider beside you or in front.
  4. Don’t overlap wheels: If the guy in front moves out unexpectedly and your front wheel is overlapping their rear, they will take you out and everyone else behind you.
  5. Don’t line out:: If we’re 10+ riders, lining out just makes for an impassable long line of riders. There are only a couple of narrow sections on this route, cars are safer to wait until it opens up than squeeze past.
This is a dropping ride. Don’t worry if you get dropped. Some of it is fitness, some of it is practice holding a wheel and some of it is getting used to that horrible feeling of going into the red zone for just a few seconds. All will improve the more you do it.

Youth riders welcome. You will need your parents consent, and if you are under 16, you will need to be accompanied by a nominated adult club member to be responsible for you for the duration of the ride. See Youth Membership for more details.

Ride London 100 SCC Team Entries 2016

Another year, another Ride London. It was by all accounts a great event last year. We had a team last year, so should get one this year (although they are not guaranteeing that this year). I’ve put in a request for 1 men’s team and 1 mixed team, the men’s team is 4 men, the mixed team is 2 men and 2 women.

To give everyone a chance who may be interested, if you want to be part of the SCC team entry please email simonl@skiptoncyclingclub.org.uk by the 21st March. Specify if you are happy to be part of the men’s or the mixed team, or if you’re not bothered either way.

Preference will be given to those who were not part of the team entry last year. We will find out if we got our team entries on the 21st March. If we have more riders than spaces, we’ll pick names out of a hat. First ones drawn will get the entries, the rest will go onto a waiting list in the order drawn.

The event costs £58, and payment will be due by the 8th April. You must be an Skipton Cycling Club member and a British Cycling member to be part of the SCC team entry.

Last year we struggled to actually get a team of 4 together, so there is a very good chance that if you want to ride, you will get to.

Spring Wednesday Training

Spring is coming! You wouldn’t think it with the weather we’ve been having, but I’m confident we’ll have warm evenings and dry roads from March until May.

Come spring, you want to be getting some strength back in those legs. Now I’m not a fan of endless hill reps, but like a hilly ride as much as the next man. So I’ve devised 4 new routes to run from March 2nd until April 27th for our Wednesday training rides. Same meeting point (Dave’s) 6:30PM every Wednesday night.

All the routes are pretty lumpy so we’re not going to be able to keep it together all the way round. The aim is to build up strength and climbing ability, so go at your own pace on the major climbs but re-group as needed. I’ve included some suggested re-group points in the descriptions below.

Langbar – Week 1

A steady ride out via gated road takes us to the long classic Langbar climb. One of the toughest climbs in the area for sure, re-group at the top. Return route is via Cocking Lane (you’ve got to love that name), actually higher than Langbar at just over 900ft but far more gradual. Again, re-group at the crossroads at the top. A short up and down through Bradley brings us back to Skipton.

Nappa Winterburn – Week 2

A fairly simple variation on the classic Nappa-Hetton loop taking in Airton and Winterburn rather than the valley road to Bell Busk. There’s a proper climb out of Otterburn, so re-group at the top and it’s endless lumps between Airton and Hetton so there will be a re-group in Hetton. The rest of the way round, let’s try and keep it together.

Hartlington Raikes – Week 3

This route is all about Hartlington Raikes, a seldom used climb over by Appletreewick. One great thing about Hartlington Raikes is that it misses out Dibbles Bridge while still taking us right to the top of the moors. We go out via Black Park, but return via Grassington Road for a flattish route back. Feel free to go mad up Black Park and Hartlington Raikes, but you might be waiting a while at the top, they are both long climbs.

Cowling Hill – Week 4

Sort of like going Over t’Moss, but harder. Cowling Hill gives us a long steady climb to Skipton Old Road but with a nice lumpy warm up via Cononley rather than heading straight up from Carleton. Re-group once we hit Skipton Old Road at the top. Fast and flat back via Earby, but let’s try and keep it together there.

Autumn/Winter Wednesday Training

With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder and wetter, we’ll be moving the Wednesday training ride to something shorter, more varied, sheltered and sedate. Chain gang will be back in the spring.

There will be 4 routes which we will alternate starting from October. Pace will be 16-17mph, aim will be to keep it together and keep it moving all the way round. If you’re struggling or dropping off the back, please shout up! The routes are:

Espresso (Linton Variant) – Week 1

24 miles, up to Kilnsey, across the bridge to Conistone and back via Grassington and Linton.

Nappa Hetton 30 – Week 2

30 miles, out to Nappa via Gargrave and Bank Newton, up to Hellifield, Flasby and back. Option to cut short if it’s grim by heading straight back to Gargrave from Bell Busk.

Burnsall Loop – Week 3

23 miles, classic Burnsall route via gated road. Short but quiet with one climb coming up to Burnsall. Usually a quick regroup in Burnsall.

Over t’Moss – Week 4

25 miles, short and easy to keep the pace up. Much of the road from Crosshills through Cowling has been resurfaced. Considerable amount of the route has street lighting. Good fun when you get a tail wind through Kelbrook.

Wednesday Night Training

Basically the same as the Tuesday night training rides were, but on a Wednesday. It’s the same route every week (Skipton to Buckden and back), total of 36 miles. Meet at 6:30PM outside Dave Ferguson Cycles. Pace will be approx 20mph, so we should be back for 8:30.

We’ll aim stay together on the way out, but pace will be high, so you’ll need to be able to hold a high speed (think 18mph on a solo ride). The way back will be a chaingang from Buckden all the way back with the pace gradually increasing up to full pace coming out of Rylestone.

A few rules:

  1. Back off on the climbs! The ride won’t work if you pull on the climbs, weaker riders will lose your wheel and end up in the wind with no chance of catching up.
  2. Hold a wheel. At times you’ll need to push very hard to get on a wheel. It will hurt, but whatever happens don’t lose the wheel in front of you. Once you’re on a wheel it will get easier, in the wind it will only get harder. It’s worth the effort.
  3. Point out potholes. When riding close at 20mph you won’t get any chance to see a pothole or load of gravel on the road. If you’re on the front you are the eyes of the group. Point out any potholes or other surface imperfections (shout “big hole” or “gravel” if needed).
  4. Don’t worry if you get dropped. Everyone gets dropped at some time or another. If you’re dropped on the way out, spin for a bit, turn around and jump on a wheel when the bunch comes passed on the way back. If you’re dropped on the way back, just follow the road back to Skipton, meet back at Dave‘s after the ride. Either way, don’t worry, you’ll get fitter, faster and more used to holding the wheel in front. Soon you won’t be dropped!
  5. Keep it tight. You should be able to put your arm round the rider beside you and spit on the rider in front. It’s a wide road so we won’t be lining out.
  6. Don’t overlap wheels. The road is full of holes and covered in puddles. Riders often have to move out quickly. If you’re overlapping their rear wheel, they’ll take you out when they move and we’ll all be in a heap on the floor.
  7. It’s not a race. There will be a final sprint up to the Craven Heifer coming into Skipton, but other than that, keep the pace up but don’t attack.

Youth riders welcome. You will need your parents consent, and if you are under 16, you will need to be accompanied by a nominated adult club member to be responsible for you for the duration of the ride. See Youth Membership for more details.

Return of the Sunday Steady 50

Earlier in the year I ran a series of Sunday rides aimed squarely and time strapped Saturday riders and chilled out Sunday riders. It was very popular, the last in the series seeing 17 riders out. Alas, commitments meant I couldn’t keep it running all year round.

Well, people have been on at me to bring it back… and what’s more, we’ve even got some people interested in leading the rides. So we’re re-launching the series!

Same format as before, a series of 4 rides, on the first Sunday of each month, 50 miles max, 14-15mph average, aim to keep the ride together, keep it moving and be back around lunch time. Café stop at Bean Loved after the ride.

Here are the dates (and suggested rides, actual routes will be posted on the SCC facebook group):

  1. 5th July – Halton Gill
  2. 2nd August – Norwood Edge
  3. 6th September – Waddington Fell
  4. 4th October – Hebden Bridge

Tuesday night training rides

Tuesday night training has now finished. Keep an eye out on our facebook group for ad-hoc training rides throughout the summer.

Starting from 31st March Skipton Cycling Club be running Tuesday night training rides. The idea is to get ready for a summer of racing. Initiallty running for just 4 weeks with the final session being on Tuesday 21st April.

It’s the same route every week (Skipton to Buckden and back), total of 36 miles. Meet at 6:30PM outside Dave Ferguson Cycles. Pace will be approx 20mph, so we should be back for 8:30.

We’ll aim stay together on the way out, but pace will be high, so you’ll need to be able to hold a high speed (think 18mph on a solo ride). The way back will be a chaingang from Buckden all the way back with the pace gradually increasing up to full pace coming out of Rylestone.

A few rules:

  1. Back off on the climbs! The ride won’t work if you pull on the climbs, weaker riders will lose your wheel and end up in the wind with no chance of catching up.
  2. Hold a wheel. At times you’ll need to push very hard to get on a wheel. It will hurt, but whatever happens don’t lose the wheel in front of you. Once you’re on a wheel it will get easier, in the wind it will only get harder. It’s worth the effort.
  3. Point out potholes. When riding close at 20mph you won’t get any chance to see a pothole or load of gravel on the road. If you’re on the front you are the eyes of the group. Point out any potholes or other surface imperfections (shout “big hole” or “gravel” if needed).
  4. Don’t worry if you get dropped. Everyone gets dropped at some time or another. If you’re dropped on the way out, spin for a bit, turn around and jump on a wheel when the bunch comes passed on the way back. If you’re dropped on the way back, just follow the road back to Skipton, meet back at Dave‘s after the ride. Either way, don’t worry, you’ll get fitter, faster and more used to holding the wheel in front. Soon you won’t be dropped!
  5. Keep it tight. You should be able to put your arm round the rider beside you and spit on the rider in front. It’s a wide road so we won’t be lining out.
  6. It’s not a race. There will be a final sprint up to the Craven Heifer coming into Skipton, but other than that, keep the pace up but don’t attack.

Youth riders welcome. You will need your parents consent, and if you are under 16, you will need to be accompanied by a nominated adult club member to be responsible for you for the duration of the ride. See Youth Membership for more details.

SCC Team Entry for Ride London 100

Team entries for the Prudential Ride London Club Challenge are now open. There’s not much time to get our team entries in, entries close at 17:00 on Monday 23 March. Simon Lerpiniere (club secretary) will be co-coordinating the club team entries (club entries must all be coordinated by 1 person). Event is on the 2nd August in London, 100 miles on closed roads with feed stations and all the bells and whistles you would expect.

We had a team entry in for 2014, so we’re guaranteed at least 1 team entry for 2015. Team entries can be mixed (2 men and 2 women), 4 men, or 4 women. Team must be of 4 members and all team members must attend for the entry to be valid. You must be a British Cycling member to enter.

So… meet up with your riding buddies, chat about it on facebook, work out who wants to ride and put together a team. Email the team details (each member’s full name) to simonl@skiptoncyclingclub.org.uk by Friday 20th March.

We’ll find out about our club entries on 30th March. Entry costs £58 per person (payable after the 30th March). Each team member must fill out the entry form and pay online by 17th of April (or the whole team lose it’s place).

You’ll all be responsible for coordinating your own transport and accommodation.

Skipton Reliability Ride – Sunday 1st March 2015

This Sunday (1st March 2015) is the Skipton Reliability ride, starting from Carleton Village Hall. The event is organised and run by Craven District council.

Very similar to the Otley reliability ride in structure. There is a route, a start point and time, a load of riders and you need to find your own way round the route and back to the start. The whole point is to prove (to yourself) that you and your bike are reliable. It’s not a race, or a group ride, but you’re welcome to ride it with your friends and it should be a great day out.

There is 2 routes, a 30 mile route (map) and a 60 mile route (map). Time limit on the 30 mile is 3 hours and 4.5 hours on the 60.

It’s £5 entry (sign on the day only 9am to 9.45am) and there is food to buy at the finish.