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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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):
- 5th July – Halton Gill
- 2nd August – Norwood Edge
- 6th September – Waddington Fell
- 4th October – Hebden Bridge
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
This Sunday, the 4th January 2015, is the 2nd Steady 50 Sunday ride. The Steady 50 sits somewhere between the Saturday Social rides and the Sunday Sport rides.
Expect an average speed of around 14-15mph (last one was closer to 14mph). No-one will get dropped and we’ll regroup at the top of hills and major junctions.
This month’s route is the classic, Halton Gill and back via Wigglesworth, bang-on 50 miles. 1 major climb, Halton Gill itself. Café stop at Bean Loved in Skipton after the ride.
Meet at 9am outside Dave Ferguson Cycles in Skipton.
This Sunday is the first of 4 Steady Sunday rides. It’s a monthly 50-ish mile ride, run on a Sunday, meeting at 9am outside Dave Ferguson Cycles in Skipton.
Average speed is between the Saturday Social rides and the Sunday Sport rides, about 14-15mph. No-one will get dropped and we’ll regroup at the top of hills and major junctions.
This month’s route is Norwood Edge and back (45 miles). 1 major climb (Norwood Edge) and nice, quiet backroads the whole way. Café stop at Bean Loved in Skipton after the ride.
See you there!
Ladies only ride on Sunday 19th October 2014
Claire is running a ladies only ride on Sunday 19th October. This is a social ride with a distance of no more than 25 miles at a pace determined by the group. There will be a cafe stop and chattering none stop!
For anyone new to SCC or wishing to dip their toe in the water and take that first ride this is the ideal opportunity for you. There will be no rush, no pressure, just great cycling to be had. For the more experienced riders, why not just come out and enjoy the all important cafe and cake stop with the girls.
This week’s ride leader is Steve Wilkinson.
3 routes will leave Skipton at 9:30am from Dave Ferguson’s bike shop.
There are 3 levels to choose from: Get back in the saddle (20), Social 30 and Social 50.
Bring your coffee money, put your helmet on and come and join us. If you have any questions, please ask.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Get Back In The Saddle
Social 30 mile ride
Social 50 mile ride
This week’s Social Series Saturday ride is going to be full of views!
You will see Pen-y-ghent close up and we are going to visit Stainforth Foss too, over a very small bridge – we may need to dismount!
As usual we will meet at DF’s bike shop at 9.30am. All welcome, just choose your ride!
50 mile route:
30 mile route:
And… last but not least, the GBITS route: