Ride Report 50 miler 1/7/17

Route was down the Dale to Almscliffe Crag and then back through Stainburn to Farnley and after an alfresco café stop at Cockpit Farm, over the easy side of Langbar. Happily the new tarmac at Hesketh Farm gave us swift progress to Bolton Abbey. There are clearly more surface improvements to come along the Gated Road and how welcome that will be.

12 of us set off from Chevin Cycles with another 6 opting for the 30 mile route led by Andy Solloway. We didn’t realise how much the tailwind benefitted us until it was time to come back up the dale! … keep on reading!

50 mile Ride Report for 6th May

11 of us had an excellent day on the 50+ miler, following the precise route I posted up earlier in the week. Tail wind going out with splendid quiet roads up from Bolton by Bowland, Holden, Lane Ends and down to Easington, carefully avoiding the quarry size potholes which could easily swallow a man or woman.

And then Waddington Fell!!! After cutting snow steps and bracing 150 mph winds, we finally made the summit. In fact it was fine. We regrouped at the top ready for the 2.5mile descent into Waddington, well worth waiting for the 40+ mph sections. … keep on reading!

50 (PLUS) MILE RIDE REPORT. 15TH APRIL 2017

This 55 mile ride was well attended with 12 taking part. 12 set off from Chevin quite promptly. The group was “very keen to tackle the climb up Black Park” as quickly as possible. On second thoughts perhaps I mistook the moans of apprehension for expressions of ecstasy that often accompany the ascent of hills on Social rides!! But there was more climbing to consider as the planned route was to climb Cote de Kidstones!

The ride up the Dale was into a headwind the whole way and it was a relief to get shelter from it as we travelled through the woods and beside stone walls. Jacqui and Martyn took the lead and kept the pace steady along to Consiton. The back road from Coniston to Kettlewell was a wise choice. There was some serious discussion at our next catch up in the village. … keep on reading!

SCC Summer Ball – 8th August!

There are 2 main social events every year in Skipton Cycling Club. The Christmas Do and the Summer Ball. Well, this year the Summer Ball is on the 8th August.

It’s a great chance to spend some time with your fellow cyclists while they are not in Lycra (warning! some may still be in Lycra). There’s a 3 course meal at the excellent Herriots Hotel in Skipton, and SCC has hired a DJ so you can burn off those vino calories on the dance floor.

Wear whatever you like, smart, glam or casual. It’s a bargainous £15 each plus a small booking fee. Your other half can come too!. It was excellent last year so please come again and let your hair down.

Book now on Event Brite!

New Saturday meeting point

Albion Place

Back on the 26th of March, I sent out a proposal for a change of meeting point. I’ve received quite a bit of feedback, here is a sample:

Would endorse change, as I think it,s only a matter of time before an accident occurs @ Dave,s, and I think we are seen as a bit of a nuisance to shoppers and general public. Not good for club image.

We have definitely outgrown the available space

We are causing a lot of congestion which can result in a bad image of the club

I think it is a great idea to change the meeting point to Albion Place- this looks like it was designed as a meeting place/amphitheater and since the powers that be have provided such a good spot it is a shame not to use it.

Albion place has cycle stands and is sheltered more than the place on Rope Walk

I’ve spoken to many other members, the only negative raised by a few people was:

We’ve always met there and I don’t see the need to change it

…which is totally valid. Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings even, no-one is about.

So, initially we’re going to change the Saturday meeting points only. All Saturday rides will now be advertised as meeting at Albion Place. Access Albion place via Jerry Croft (turn left before Cotswolds). There is vehicular access, so you do not need to dismount unless you wish to (although watch the dropped curb).

Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday evening and Sunday rides will continue to meet at Dave Ferguson Cycles.

Note: This consultation has been done via email to ensure all get an equal say, and to be as inclusive of the membership as possible. With such a fundamental decision, I (and the rest of the committee) thought the club meetings did not attract a wide enough audience.

Get Back In The Saddle (GBITS) is back!

Not been out on your bike for ages? Need just the thing to get you back into it?

The ever successful GBITS is back for 2015 starting with 4 rides, one every week from 21st March 2015.

All you need is:

  • a roadworthy bike (road, mountain or tourer, either will be fine)
  • a helmet
  • a spare tube for your bike (just in case)
  • a bit of money for the café stop

We will lead, encourage and support you on your ride whether you’re a beginner or returner to cycling.

Meet at the Craven Pool, Aireville Park every Saturday @ 9:30am March 21st and 28th, April 4th and 11th.

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!

Saturday 19th July Social Rides

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

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Social 30 mile ride

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Social 50 mile ride

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Social Series Report (28th June) – Stainforth via Halton Gill

Today’s riders all set off from Dave’s shop as usual, the group was 12 strong but smaller than of late. This, we assumed, was down to the fact that there was something called ‘The White Rose Classic’ going on and some of our regular riders were taking part.

Anyway, we made our way along Grassington Road to Linton at some pace! We collected a rogue cyclist along the way too, who just happened to know exactly where to join us because of our excellent ride planning (pat on the back to self), so then there were 13 of us.

We continued up to Grassington and down the Grass Woods road to Coniston where we turned off to Kilnsey. The Crag looked spectacular against the moody skies, with climbers dotted around like colourful spiders.

Onwards and upwards we travelled, turning off to Arncliffe. I fell behind a bit on this road and the others became a speck in the distance. Then, all of a sudden, Gareth Evans appeared like Mr Ben (70s kids TV reference). Apparently I wasn’t the back marker, he and John Cahill had been nattering and it had slowed them down. We all got to Arncliffe and stuffed bananas and flapjack etc. down our necks and watched a couple of vintage tractors pass by, before riding up to Halton Gill and the climb up to Pen-y-ghent.

The views on this ride are amazing, even on a cloudy day. We live in such a beautiful part of the world, we are so lucky that we have hills to ride up in order to see such beauty. Then, you get to ride like the wind down the other side. Bonus!

After debating whether to visit Stainforth Foss we decided to leave it for a warmer day as it was too chilly to paddle and we needed our lunch. Off to Settle with instructions to turn left out of Langcliffe and along the High Road to Constitution Hill, we lost 2 of our boys. They rushed ahead and missed the turn. ‘Oh well, they’ll find us’ I said, and they did, although not until they’d done a tour of Langcliffe looking for us! 

The Settle Down café was busy with cyclists from Southport, they were doing an Audax and said they would complete a route over 200k by the time they got home. I pretended not to be surprised by that and wished them well. They were asking about where the best place to view Le Tour would be as they were staying in Skipton next weekend to watch. We suggested somewhere up Buckden way!

The excellent waitress service at the café was top notch again, there’s enough tea in those pots to sink a ship!

After refuelling, off we went up the cobbled street to start the climb up Attermire towards Airton. Phew! Not recommended on a full stomach! One or two dismounted, as it is hard to get going again if you stop, but we all made it up there without revisiting our lunch.

Glorious decent into Airton and over the river bridge up towards Winterburn. We turned right here to Eshton and through to Gargrave. The final hills and swoops down into Broughton are always a good sign that you’re on your way home and a quick sprint along the main road to Carleton, where we all managed to get across the junction at the same time! We waved goodbye to 2 more riders at Carleton as they were heading home to Cononley and we all went back towards town.

There’s always one motorist who wants to put a downer on the day and we met him in town. He was quite abusive, but we put his bad mood down to owning a brown car, overtook him and got out of his way. After all, Bean Loved was calling and we had earned ourselves a proper coffee! 

Lots of climbing, lots of banter and lots of views.  

A grand day out.

Social Series – Saturday 28th June

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:

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30 mile route:

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And… last but not least, the GBITS route:

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