Sunday Steady 50 – 7th December

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!

Club meeting, 9th November

The next club meeting will be 7.30PM on Sunday 9th November, in the upstairs function room at The Narrowboat, Skipton.

Got something for the agenda? Please email the Club Secretary on simonlerp at gmail dot com by Wednesday 5th November. Agenda will go out on Thursday 6th.

All welcome. Grab a pint, head upstairs and get involved.

Calling all ladies!

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.

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SCC Steeplechase 2014

Hi all SCC members, GBITS, Social or otherwise inclined! There are prizes, there is food and quite possibly some pub stops!!

It is that time of year again, and to coincide with our summer ball, organised by the lovely Caran, the SCC annual Steeplechase will also take place during the day on the Saturday 12th July 2014.

Meeting place will be near the car park at Aireville Pool, under the SCC branded gazebo at 10am.

The point of the event is to mix all abilities together, all bike types and confidence, to work in teams to navigate around a course of approximately 30 miles, stopping at a number of checkpoints and taking team photos as proof.

Whats difficult about that? Well the checkpoints are in the form of clues, and you get these only on the day, the teams are selected out of the hat from all those that put their names in, each team will have GBIT/Social/B/A riders, so come on and put yourself up for it. The teams are of around 4 or 5 and will navigate together, they must all be at the check points together and finish together. So this is not about speed, but about team work, fun and working out which is the simplest route between points based on team ability as well as cunningly planning your routes.

As with last year, we ask for everyone to donate something to the lunch, fruit, sandwiches, pies, crisps, drinks, etc. etc. Last year we had everything including gluten free, if the weather is good we can even BBQ.

Please reply on the forum if you would like to enter.  The is no maximum!

Successful LPGD

Few weeks since Le Petit Grand Depart and thought it was time to report back.  In short, it went brilliantly.  Months of planning and preparation paid off and the day went smoothly.  We had brilliant sunshine, ample food and water, a great route, ace views and everyone had a brilliant day.

Some pics from the day.  See you next year!

 

Le Petit Grand Depart

The entries for Le Petit Grand Depart are now OPEN!

A brand new cycle event celebrating the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and of course the much anticipated arrival of one of the biggest events in the world sporting calendar, the Tour de France. Le Petit Grand Depart will follow the same route as Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014. Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Grand Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.

 

THE RECREATIONAL RIDE

This 33 mile route follows the Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley, stretching right up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

This ride is a regular favourite for our club rides, it’s relatively flat and takes you up and back one of the most beautiful Yorkshire Dales” Sean McKibben, Skipton Cycling Club Chairman:

 

THE SPORTIVE RIDE

This is 78 miles over three climbs & follows much of the Tour de France stage 1 taking you over 3 climbs and along 6 dales. From the head of Wharfedale the route goes over Kidstones, the first official climb of the 2014 Tour du France. It continues along the Stage 1 route, returning to Skipton via the impressive Ribblehead viaduct, the quaint market town of Settle and the lovely Malhamdale.

Riding your bike in the Yorkshire Dales is a truly wonderful and joyous thing.  I’ve ridden around the world visiting 60 different countries and the Dales are one of the prettiest and most beautiful places to cycle.  Enjoy Le Petit Grand Départ and then the Grand Départ.” Alastair Humphreys – born and bred in Yorkshire Dales, round the world cyclist and adventurer. www.alastairhumphreys.com

The 1st Anniversary Steeplechase

Almost exactly one year to the day that the first ride of the newly reformed Skipton CC took place under gloomy skies, 24 riders gathered in a bright and sunny Aireville Park to take part in the 1st Skipton CC Steeplechase.

Teams were picked at random and the 5 checkpoints were revealed (you’ll notice a certain theme!):

The Swan Inn, Carleton

The Red Lion, Burnsall

The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

The Hare and Hounds, Lothersdale

And a feed station back at Aireville Park (with flapjacks expertly prepared by Stuart Rider)

Potential routes were discussed at the start line and the teams were set off at intervals.

Team 1 – Alan King, Maurice Mitchell, Phil Taylor, Cath Wightman

Team 1

Team 2 – Christine Buckley, Paul Norman, Iain Vokes-Tilley, Andy Wiggans

Team 2

Team 3 – Cathy Bradley, Phil Evans, Richard Sutcliffe, Rob Wills

Team 3

Team 4 – David Goldie, Michael Judge, Andrew Swindells, Steve Wilkinson

Team 4

Team 5 – Angie Evans, Caran Stephenson, Edward Whitaker, Neil Wilson (mocked-up photo as none exist!)

Team 5 (no photos exist!)

Team 6 – Rachael Benson, Mike Lowe, Claire McKibben, Bob Wightman

Team 6

 

A montage of the best photos can be seen below. A special mention must go to Team 3 for the most creative photos. Well done guys! As you can see from the selection of routes, everyone had different ideas.

team 1

team 6

team 4

team 2

And so to the results…

TEAM

START TIME

FINISH TIME

RIDE TIME

1

09:36

12:33

2H 57

2

09:52

12:21

2H 29

3

09:48

12:44

2H 56

4

09:40

12:35

2H 55

5

09:32

13:06

3H 34

6

09:44

13:11

3H 27

The riders returned to find a spectacular spread and everyone enjoyed a hard earned bite to eat in the sun. Thanks to everyone who contributed food and drink, it was a fantastic effort. Thanks also to everyone who took part, without whom the day would not have been such a success.