Xmas club ride 23rd Dec 2017

Caran Stephenson writes:

A massive turn out for this year’s festive ride, with about 40 riders arriving at Chevin Cycles. There were Santa hats, Christmas jumpers, a few elves, a fairy and a Christmas pudding too! The ‘Big Elf’ turned up with a few extra supplies for those who thought they’d escape the dressing up!

Everyone was in a great mood and the weather was especially kind, considering the previous week’s weather, so off we went!

Splitting into several smaller groups, we made our way up Grassington Road towards Linton, lots of friendly waves and horn tooting on our way too. From Linton to Grassington and following the Grass Woods Road to Conistone and Kettlewell.

Zarina was well prepared for us, even though the café was overflowing! The ‘emergency chairs’ made an appearance and it was a pretty tight squeeze, some of the early arrivals had to give up their seats after their food so that the later ones could sit down. A couple of late arrivals, Roy and just as we were leaving, Simon T, pushed the numbers up even further. Zarina and her team did a great job feeding us all whilst shimmying between the crowded tables and emergency chairs

After that, we set off along the back road again to Conistone then diverted to the Tennants Arms at Kilnsey for a refreshments and a warm by the log fire, then off we went again.

Our next stop was in Threshfield, the Old Hall, where we practically took over the pub, then we set off again to our final call at the Devonshire Arms at Cracoe, for a nice cup of tea or something.

Throughout the day there was banter and good cheer, for some riders it was their first Christmas ride, I think they really enjoyed it as much as all the regulars!

It’s always good to see members turning out for this ride, not sure we’d find a café for that number each Saturday but you never know!

Ride Report 13th January 2018

Despite the cold, dull and overcast weather there was a good turnout for the club rides today. 20 on the 50 miler and 4 on the shorter route. The longer route took us over the high ground from Airton to Settle via Scotsthrop Lane with the usual trepidation in passing the Highland cattle that seem to thrive up there. The fast descent of High Hill Lane delivered us to the Market Sq. in Settle where we regrouped before setting of for the cafe stop at the Knight’s Table in Stainforth. This is always a popular stop for us and plates full of beans , bacon and eggs were devoured before embarking on the return leg. The large group had split into 2 during the ride over the tops to minimise waiting time at regroups on the cold hilltop for those who’d managed to get there more speedily than the others. So we set off again in the same way.: 2 groups of riders.  As the second group travelled down Long Bank Lane near Halton West we had one of those incidents that spoils the enjoyment of cycling around these parts. A 4 x 4 driver sped towards us at an alarming speed on a very narrow stretch of road giving no space to manoeuvre except onto the verge. In fact, so close was the pass that he dragged one of the group along by the handlebars a short distance. A heated confrontation followed with the furious man, who clearly was incensed at being brought to a halt by us. After a few minutes of further “exchanges” he drove off and a decision was made to call the Police as we regarded this as a road traffic accident because of the collision and damage to a bike. Happily no injuries were caused but the Police dealt with the matter very sympathetically and the PC disclosed that he was a member of Pendle Forest CC. We await the outcome of his enquiries. On our return to Skipton and the usual post ride coffee in Bean Loved we learned that the other half of the group had also had a near miss with another vehicle near Swinden Hall.

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Ride report Saturday Club Ride to Keasden Knotts

Jonathan White writes:

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.

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Ride Report 14th October 50 miler.

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.

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Skipton CC at the races

Big thanks to all our volunteers setting up and staffing the Skipton CC stand at Skipton Town Centre races. We couldn’t do it without you.

Skipton Reliability Ride 2017

Sunday the 5th March sees a return of the Skipton Reliability Ride. Start/Finish point is behind Chevin Cycles in Skipton. Sign-on from 9:00am, if we have a large number of riders, riders will be set off in groups. Please arrive by 9:30am.

This year the reliability ride is a free event for existing Skipton Cycling Club members and potential new Skipton Cycling Club members (under the 3 rides rule). You can register your interest over on the SCC facebook group Skipton Reliability Ride 2017 event.


Full SCC membership is £20 or if you are a member of another club and wish to ride the reliability ride you can join SCC as a 2nd claim member for £10.

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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.

This year we have a GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE result for the long route. Gold is 3hr 45, Silver is 4hr 15, and Bronze is 4hr 45. All finishers on both routes will be listed on the club website.

We have 2 distances to choose from, a 50km and a 100km route:

100km Route

Click here for the 100km Reliability Route or Download the 100km route GPX (for GPS devices)

Similar to last year, but cuts out Hall Hill Lane at Whitewell, instead straight on, past Wildboar Park. Yes I know you all loved it, but it’s easier to navigate without. Greenberfield Lane down the back of Barnoldwick has also recently been resurfaced, so is not well worth riding to cut back toward Thornton. Distance remains at almost exactly 100km.

50km Route

Click here for the 50km Reliability Route or Download the 50km route GPX (for GPS devices)

Pretty much exactly the same as last year, but I’ve amended the GPS track near Thornton to fix an irregularity. Again, Greenberfield lane is included. Newsholme to Horton (after Paythorne before Barnoldwick) is a bit rough in places, so take care. It’s a very small turning 200m up after turning left on the A682 from Paythorne. I’ve left the route going this way as it avoids almost all main roads (apart from the small section of A59) making it more suitable for younger riders.

Ride London 2017 SCC Team

The Ride London Club Challenge is running again this year. Entries open on the 27th February (although they don’t mention when they close!). Event is on Sunday 30th July 2017. You’ll need to be available on Saturday the 29th to sign-on.

It’s slightly different this year. We are NOT guaranteed a team entry. Full details (what there is) are on the Ride London site.

Teams are either mixed (2 men, 2 women) or just 4 men or 4 women. Last year we had 2 teams in, but we struggled to fill both teams, 1 team reaching the start incomplete. This year I think it best we just put forward 1 team, but we’ll see what the interest is.

Entry is £69. You’ll get an email about paying if/when the entry is accepted. You MUST be an SCC member and a British Cycling member to enter. Preference will be given to those who did not get a place on the team entry last year. Register via the button below by 27th February (yes, you’ve only got a few days).

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Skipton Cyclocross 2016 – Volunteers needed

SCC are proud to once again be hosting the first round of the Yorkshire Cyclocross Association Winter Series. The event will be in Aireville Park on Sunday 4th September and will include races for all ages and abilities.

The event was a huge success last year, due in no small part to the support from SCC, turning out in great numbers on the Saturday and Sunday to help with the event set up. We’d like to match that this year and need a show of hands for volunteers for the following jobs:

  • Saturday 3rd September: Course setup in Aireville Park
  • Sunday 4th September: Sign-on, Marshalling, Course take-down

As always, many hand will make light work. If you can spare any time either day, it would be greatly appreciated and add to the reputation we gained for last year’s event. Register to help by clicking the button below. Any questions drop Stephen Hannigan an email at sjhannigan@gmail.com.

Volunteer to help

SCC Velodrome Trip

Stephen Hannigan has very kindly organised us a club velodrome session over at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester!

It’s 2 hour club booking, 13:00 – 15:00, Sunday 17th July.

We can take a maximum of 16 riders (minimum age being 9). Younger riders should be confident cyclists, ideally with some competitive experience or previous experience on the velodrome.

Cost is £35 per rider for a 2 hour session with a qualified coach. Bike hire is included. The bikes use Look Keo compatible pedals, so if you’ve got Look Keo cleats on your shoes, you can use them, otherwise shoe hire is an additional £4.

Register for Velodrome trip

Any questions, please contact Steve Hannigan at sjhannigan@gmail.com.

Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

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.