Ride Report for Club Ride 10th Feb 2018

Written by Jo Biott:

Seven members (Edward, John, Jonathan, Rick, Simon, Steve and I) arrived at Chevin for the not quite 50-miler Saturday Social Ride to Kettlewell. There were no takers for the 30-miler this week. Caran had just come to pick up her bike, so wasn’t riding. But it was nice to see her and we hope to see her out riding again soon!

There were a couple of firsts. It was my first time as ride leader and Steve’s first time with his new lenses, so things could have gone awry. But thankfully there were no mishaps and we all had a good time! The weather was as forecast, but that hadn’t put the seven of us off.

It was cold as we set off down the High Street in light rain; rain that kept us company throughout the ride. That said, we couldn’t complain of lack of variety. We had vertical freezing rain, blustery sideways eye-stinging rain, misty soaks-you-through and gets into your socks rain and the ‘hey look, the sun’s come out’ rain.

We rode an anti-clockwise loop, taking in Carleton, Gargrave, Flasby, Hetton, Cracoe, Linton, Grassington and Conistone, before arriving at Kettlewell two hours after setting off. Although the roads had been very wet until that point, luckily we’d not encountered ice. But as we cycled along the back road into Kettlewell, the road was spread with sleet and hidden ice dangers. A few of our back wheels skidded a time or two and we felt very lucky to have arrived at Zarinas with no accidents!

We slotted our bikes into the stands outside and enthusiastically headed into Zarinas for our staple club-ride diet of eggs and/ or beans on toast, with tea or coffee. Zarina had kindly reserved the big solid wooden table near the toasty fire for us from half-eleven. We sat down in good humour, ordered and engaged in some friendly banter about future club cycle events and riding in warmer weather. A few of us hung our wet gloves on the fire surround to dry. Given how cold and wet we were, it didn’t take long before we’d completely steamed up Zarina’s windows and nobody could see out!

Although torturously cold putting wet outer garments back on and coming out of a cosy, fire-warmed cafe on a winter’s day, there were no complaints. We pulled out of Kettlewell and headed towards the iconic Kilnsey Crag in good spirits. We didn’t see any climbers out on the Crag today, but admittedly we did pass half-blind from the sideways-stinging rain.

We took a left at Threshfield and headed down into beautiful Burnsall, (where the toilets are threatened with closure if nobody pays, despite there being no obvious payment mechanism available). We then pedalled back over to the far side of the Wharfe, through Appletreewick in brightening sunshine and towards Bolton Abbey.

As the road passed close to the Bolton-Abbey/Barden Bridge footpath, a spritely young dog dived into the road in front of us. We narrowly avoided a collision, which was lucky. But instead of a simple sorry, we were shouted at by the dog-owner! Anyway, moving on.

We crossed the wooden bridge and cycled through the pavilion area amongst families and dog-walkers. We made our way up and over the gated road, past Billy-Bobs and into Embsay, where we took a count of the Bean-Loved goers. We said goodbye to two and five had coffee at Bean-Loved. Simon got £1.90 cake to share between the five. But it was so tiny, that he ate it all himself

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Ride report for 28th January 2018

About 10 club members met at Chevin this morning: a reflection on the forecasted weather which turned out to be worse as constant rain fell accompanied by an increasingly strong  wind! The numbers split fairly evenly into the 50 and 30 miles ride distances.  All set off together up the Grassington road and then via Hetton and on to Winterburn and Hellifield via Bell Busk and Otterburn. The roads are in a pretty poor state now requiring constant vigilance and frequent call-outs of ‘Hole or Gravel, or water.”  The numerous water filled holes make cycling on the country lanes a bit of a gamble and following a middle of the road line is the smartest move in these conditions. Both groups regrouped at Hazy Days and here the 30 milers took a break to enjoy the low fires warmth and free hot drinks (with food orders) that Hazy Days offers cyclists. The 50 milers took off to make their ways to Tosside to their cafe stop where they had to arrive before 1.00 as a Hen Party was booked in! Hopefully the arrival of men ( and 2 women) in wet lycra didn’t detract from their celebrations! Hopefully we will get a first hand account of the 50-ers experience. ( Thats a hint!). We  set off again into the rain and strengthening wind heading for Nappa and that ever “popular” ascent over the railway bridge to Swinden Hall and eventually on to Gargrave. Typically the rain stopped for the last few miles of the day with a strong tailwind propelling us along the A59 and down Heslaker to Carleton. On  refection, finishing a ride like this is much more rewarding than setting out.  No-one  opted for a Bean Love debrief.  Roll on the improving weather!

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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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75 mile Saturday Special 12th August 2017

Sometimes the usual 50 mile distance of the routine Saturday social ride just isn’t enough to satisfy the appetites of members who want to take advantage of the long summer days and get further afield. This route is a comparatively easy one that gets you out of the familiar zone and gives an opportunity for putting some distance in at a decent pace. A good cafe stop at half way point helps and then a run down to the Benthams gives great views of Ingleborough and  Whernside from unfamiliar angles.

We had a slightly demanding schedule to meet as the cafe suggested that we get there before 1 as a large group of cyclist from Blackburn had booked in too.  So we made a prompt start from Chevin Cycles at 9.30. 16 set off. 3 for the 30 mile and the rest for the long one. These numbers swelled as we picked up Kevan and Maurice en route and then Roy caught us leaving Swinden Hall.  By this stage we had already had a delay for one puncture at the canal bridge outside Gargrave as Mike suffered a flat rear tyre for the second week running.

The 30 milers left us at Hellifield and we pressed on to Wigglesworth down Flat Lane and got a good pace going along to the A65 near Settle. … keep on reading!

50 miler Ride report 29th July 2017

My first go at ride leader on a Saturday went without a hitch (thankfully). Andy Solloway stood in again and led the 30 miler’s for which there seemed a good number of riders, which left me with the 50 miler to have a go at! With a route from Caran to follow we set of on time with 13 and decent weather, including some new faces to the 50 mile crew (Liz, Peter, Wendy and Carl).

A decent pace to Bolton Abbey then we were joined fashionably late by Mike at Barden to make a good group of 14 on the climb to Blubberhouses, where we regrouped. Cath and Martyn did a fantastic job of leading a well behaved pack at a sprightly pace all the way to the cafe at Fewston Farm shop. Refuelled and onto Askwith moor, battling a crosswind good progress was made by all. Down into Askwith and onto Ilkley in two tidy packs sheltered from the wind, good progress was made.

Quick pit stop for Edward and we were off to the infamous Cocking Lane. After a chance to catch our breath at the top we then made for Skipton via the old road from Silsden to Bradley. Back into Skipton before 3! So thank you all for making my job so easy and enjoyable!

Jonathan

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50 miler Ride Report 22nd July

As I cycled down to Skipton in the pouring rain I wondered how many others would be as dedicated to the cycling cause. I arrived soaked to the skin with water sloshing inside my shoes. I’m not sure if it was my route choice to Stainforth & Halton Gill, or the rubbish forecast that had put the usual Saturday crowd off today, but there were only 6 hardy cyclists gathered inside the doorway of Chevin Cycles this morning. 3 for the 50 miler & 3 for the 30 miles.

As soon as we set off the rain stopped and the sun came out – well almost… that’s how it felt, our spirits lifted. The 6 of us rode together until the routes divided at Hellifield, then Mike, Steve & I headed on to Settle via Wigglesworth & Rathmell, cracking on at a decent pace in the increasing sunshine. … keep on reading!

Ride Report for the ( nearly) 50 miler on 15th July

Another “glorious summer day” (not) for this ride was reflected in the throng of members who turned out = 12! The forecast was wrong again as it started grey, drizzly and breezy and stayed like that all day. Not a good omen for the evening club BBQ at Bolton Abbey.  We set off with numbers split equally between the longer and shorter rides. It was good to see Simon T joining us again on these Saturday rides as he regains his fitness and enthusiasm for cycling. … keep on reading!