Unusually there was sunshine for a foray into Lancashire. Around twenty left Skipton in two groups with shouts of encouragement to the picketing train guards. It all went swimmingly with the 30 milers joining us until the end of Brogden Lane. Then to Rimmington – however yours truly misread her directions and lead one group on the wrong road. After a little consternation we ploughed on (after waiting for fast moving farm machinery to pass safely) only to be met by the other group not far from the turn to Chatburn. Through Clitheroe to Whalley where we carpet bombed three cafes being too large a group to fit in one or two, fortunately beans were available in two of the three (albeit in ramekin dishes). … keep on reading!
8 of us set off, just five minutes behind the 50 mile riders, headed up the Gated Rd and indulged in the new tarmac through the farm, ignoring the signs 😉 Headed on to Bolton Abbey then to Addingham on the main road, then Carter Lane. Caught up with the 50 milers at the bridge over the Wharfe in Ilkley, then let them get ahead. We then went on past the Lido, then turned left up past Westcliffe House School heading for Langbar, the gentler way. … keep on reading!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
See you there!
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