Ride Report 29th Dec 2018: a game of two halves!

This was the last Saturday ride of 2018 and despite forecast of strong and even gale force winds 12 turned up prepared to face whatever the weather could throw at them. And it did! We were joined by Geoff as a guest rider who will probably be joining the club.

If ever there was a compelling case to be made for riding in a compact group this was it. Whatever shelter could be found from the winds was worth seeking out. The first few miles out to Nappa were hard work with our North Westerly route in direct line with where the weather was coming from! You become very aware of the hedgerows and walls and the sudden sideways swipes when passing gates and other gaps.

Occasional bursts of rain were quickly swept away though and from Hellifield onwards we made better progress and arrived at Elaines T room at precisely 1200 as planned. What a great cafe stop this is with plenty of room, speedy service and the ever popular cheesy-chips (to Edwards delight!). Nick succumbed to a huge slice of coffee cake and regretted it all the way back!

Elaines t room 2

The sun shone on us and we set off with the prospect of a tailwind all the way back to Skipton! If the way out was hard work the return trip was more pleasurable as we rolled along at speed to Wigglesworth and down to the river and “up” Flat Lane before crossing the A65 to Otterburn and onto Bell Busk. Christine was determined to bag herself a PB on the segment and even rode back a few hundred yards to start it accurately. Phil had joined us for the last leg on this stretch of the route as he had been unable to set off earlier.

And so we finished off with a Clubhouse coffee and congratulated ourselves on sticking to the plan and enjoying yet another memorable Saturday club ride, the last one of the year!

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Phil P writes:

The weather forecast for our first December ride was not looking promising so wasn’t sure how many would turn up to brave the elements, so I was surprised to see 12 people.
I made an executive decision to alter the planned route and go via the gated road to Bolton Abbey then onto Addingham instead of going over Bradley moor and Cringles, the faster group opted to stick with the original route. In Bolton Abbey we had to carry out major emergency repairs to Mark’s mudguards!
The rain varied throughout the first part of the ride with some heavy showers and plenty of that fine stuff that wets you through – as Peter Kay would say.
After Addingham we went to Ilkley, crossed the river and along the back road to Bolton Bridge and back up into Bolton Abbey. At Barden the faster group caught us up as we had got ahead of them due to a puncture early in the ride at Bradley.

Stunning view up the Wharfe valley.

From Barden to Appletreewick and Burnsall into the Wharfeside Café, a café that we rarely use on club rides. It’s under new ownership and has been refurbished and we received a very warm welcome, a god menu with good prices, with free Flapjacks. We will have to go back.
At Burnsall, Mark and Dave headed for home.

Beautiful Burnsall

It’s never easy getting back on the bike in the rain after a good café stop, but we headed back over the river and up to to Hebden and into Grassington, rammed with tourists for the slightly damp Dickensian Christmas festival.

Grassington Christmas festival

We plodded on through to Grasswoods and Conistone, crossed the river, and back down to Threshfield, Linton and Cracoe. At Cracoe we were all getting a bit cold and wet and it didn’t take much of a discussion to go straight back down Grassington Road to town rather than the planned route back via Hetton, Gargrave etc.

Back in Town we descended into the Clubhouse Café for post-ride coffees. Sorry about the wet floor and soggy furniture Kane.

43 wet miles ridden, well done all.
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Ride Report 26th Nov 2018

Caran S writes

19 riders assembled behind Chevin Cycles this week, maybe some had been put off by the 1433m of climbing over the 50 mile ride, although it could have been the grey, murky morning too! However, the murkiness didn’t last long and it ‘turned out nice again’ once we were up and over Sidegate Lane in Lothersdale. ‘Where?’ I hear you cry, well I’d never heard of it either and I planned the route! It wasn’t the hill I’d intended but a pleasant error, of sorts!
A watery blue sky could be seen and everyone was feeling much warmer by the time we got to a heavenly stretch of new black stuff on the tops at Black Lane Ends. A smooth and sleek descent towards Colne, where we said Bon Voyage to Mark and new rider Matthew – who were off to Café Cargo in Foulridge for a brew. Alas, they failed to find it so goodness knows where they stopped or if they did, they did get home though and Matthew said he may even join us on the 50 miler next time.
The remaining 8 riders continued along Red Lane, a lovely country road that is great to ride on but often plagued by the ‘rat-run’ drivers. On this occasion though it was pretty empty and all was well.
Riding down into Barrowford, we were all trying to remember which right turn to take, luckily we took the right one and another climb (then descent) into Roughlee. Then onwards to Barley, climbing the fabulous road alongside Pendle Hill (famous for being on Doctor Who), which looked splendid in the sunshine. We stopped at the crossroads for a photo and chatted to a few chaps that had climbed up the road that we were (rather sensibly) riding down.

There’s always a bonus or two to climbing a hill, the view from the top and the joy of the descent, we are so lucky to have such varied terrain on our doorstep.
Off we went, following the twists and turns to Downham village – apparently the toilets there are something to behold, next time you’re there pop in! We arrived at Greendale View Café earlier than expected, the faster group had arrived and had the comfort of their own dining room! I apologised to them for the ‘mistake’ hill but they’d enjoyed it anyway and can’t wait to do it again!
After a lovely brunch with lashings of tea, we left the comfort of the log-burner and ventured outside again, brr! It was still sunny outside but you could feel a slight chill in the air so we headed quickly off through Chatburn, Grindleton and Sawley to keep warm. We needn’t have worried though, as there was another climb out of Bolton-by-Bowland towards Wigglesworth, we do like a hill or three! With a right turn towards Settle Lane and Halton West, with no traffic for a change, we joined the main road to Hellifield.
Along familiar, well ridden roads we headed to Airton and the lovely ‘kick’ to Calton, Phil’s fave! Shortly afterwards, Cath got a puncture and several riders wrestled with her tyre to free the busted tube, they managed eventually. Christine headed off alone as the dogs would be cross-legged!
Meanwhile, just down the road, a few of us watched in surprise as a herd of hairy cattle walked up the road towards us! Nobody was leading them, they just appeared but they were scared of us and started running down the hill – towards our puncture people! Cows were going rump over udder all over the place on the slippery road surface, then the farmer arrived on his quad bike but he didn’t seem that bothered when we told him. Apparently he was walking them to Malham!
We reassembled at the wonky Winterburn Bridge, all safe, fully inflated and cow injury free for the home run. We formed a tight group on Grassington Road and stuck together rather impressively, avoiding all those bath tub sized holes and arriving back in town with smiles on our faces. ‘That was such good fun!’ was the first comment and I think it just about summed up the whole ride! Perfect!
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Ride Report Nov 10th 2018

Special Club Ride to a house-warming Cafe Stop

We were heading today for Karl and Wendy’s new place near Lawkland where we had been invited to assist in house-warming them  in their new abode. There was a good turnout of 24 for today’s rides. A measure of the main attraction was reflected in only 2 opting for the shorter route.

It helped our hosts that the faster group of 6 set off 10 mins ahead of the main bunch. They were chased and eventually caught by a late starting Jo who gained yet more Strava Cups in doing so on her new bike! The catering facilities would have been a little overwhelmed if we had arrived en masse! However soon after the turn off at Halton West we caught the others up as an unfortunate meeting with a hedge cutter, strewing the road with thorns, had brought them to a halt with 3 punctures. They soon passed us  at pace as we headed over the hill to Wigglesworth. Our route took us to Rathmell and then off up past the village school and on to the lanes to Wham. This road was a great way to get across to our destination without needing  to use  the busy A65 at Giggleswick which we  saved for the way back! The wide views of the 3 Peaks were a little obscured by low cloud today.

 

We were warmly welcomed into the spacious barn conversion  and met by a room full of the faster group tucking into beans on toast and Aga eggs prepared by Wendy  

and served by Karl

When the main course was finished out came the cakes and if that wasn’t enough Wendy provided carry outs of the left overs!

 

A very enjoyable time was had by all and in appreciation a donation  was made: £120 to the Alzheimer Society.

We dragged ourselves away from this comfortable “cafe stop” to resume our ride over to Buckhaw Brow and down to Giggleswick. But we had to get up this hill first!

The rain held off until we reached Carleton and we had clocked up 57 miles. Probably just enough to burn off the lunch that we enjoyed so much. Be warned Wendy and Karl this might become a habit!

 

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Ride Report for 27th Oct.

Cath Wightman writes:

A large group ignored the freezing weather and gathered for the ride this week. A faster group of 9 left first and were followed by 15 who battled into a northerly wind to get to Tosside Vicarage tearooms for lunch.

A fair bit of cheating (or a swift redirection) got us to the cafe on time. After a long, languid lunch the sun came out and a pleasant ride back to Skipton ensued  stopping briefly to “let my armpits out” as the temperature reached a balmy 7 degrees.

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Ride Report for 15th Sept 2018

Phil Probst writes:

A large group assembled on Saturday morning behind Chevin Cycles for a wander up Wharfedale, my favourite ride. I could happily ride up there everyday. The weather forecast was favourable. Unusually there was no fast group and no takers for the 30 miler, so 19 of us set off towards Embsay and Bolton Abbey. I made a quick call to Zarina’s to update her with an accurate number for our lunch stop. We then headed to Barden, Appletreewick and Burnsall . Onwards to Kilnsey where we turned off up Littondale to Arncliffe. We doubled back down the dale and then onto Kettlewell. We arrived at Zarina’s in Kettlewell a little early and she was already quite full. Im glad that I’d booked us in advance as she quickly had us all seated and taking our orders.


After lunch we swiftly spun down the back road through Conistone and past Grass Woods to Grassington where we were taken back in time by people dressed in full 1940s costumes and paraphernalia: it was the annual 40’s weekend.

Onwards to Linton, Cracoe, Flasby, Gargrave and then finally over the hill to Broughton, Carleton and home. 14 of us then descended on the Clubhouse Cafe for coffee and brownies.
A great ride out, with weather and cafe to order.

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Ride report for 25th August 2018

Well, the weather proved to be much better than forecast and this, as well as the route, proved to be a big draw for those out today. 20 odd members were joined by 2 newby guests Delia and Steve. Both were experienced cyclists but new to us! It was nice to see Simon out again on a club ride after a long absence.

We managed to get nearly every one assembled for 9.30 so that we could make a prompt getaway but there are always one or two who have issues with time keeping! They know who they are.

Only 3 opted for the 30 miler. 10 set off at a faster pace and the rest followed. All were following the same route up to the turn off for Halton West. Kevan and Martyn joined the ride at Gargrave. Then between Bank Newton and Swinden the first mechanical of the day occured when Will suffered a rear wheel puncture.

The sun shone all the way to Tosside via Grunsagill and those that had chosen  warmer gear were beginning to feel the heat.

A cafe stop had been booked at the Vicarage tearoom at Tosside and the faster group sped their way to arrive a full 30 minutes earlier than planned. They were just finishing when the rest arrived but by then the warmth of the sun enabled these later arrivals to sit outside and admire the extensive views to the south and west.

Tosside: Tea rooms

The route took us across the expanse of Rathmell and Giggleswick Commons to the wonderfully named Wham. Apart from the unlikely connections with the 80s rock group a little research informs disappointingly, that it’s “old English” for  “the marshy valley or hollow’’.

Big sky

 

This stretch of the route gives views great across to Penyghent , Ingelborough and all the lesser hills around Settle and Clapham.

It’s a real pleasure to travel  these 4 or 5 miles to Giggelswick station on quiet lanes with little or no traffic to worry about before it dishes us up on the A65 for a short distance.

the road from Wham

From here we followed the wide road to Rathmell and onto Wiggelsworth in good order with Caran and John setting the pace. Up Flat Lane (that isn’t), and onto Hellifield next.  At Otterburn an excited discussion began amongst some of the women in the group focusing on the question of the Strava QOM for the stretch to Bell Busk. Without  much delay off they went at pace leaving others trailing behind. Di and Caran  respectively achieved 3rd and 6th fastest women times. So as a result so they will probably be trying their hand in next week’s faster paced group (or maybe not!)

After that the rest of the ride back to Skipton was done at a more normal speed. We finished off the afternoon’s activity in the Clubhouse with the excellent brownies that Kane imports from Leeds.

 

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RIDE REPORT: 30 miler 11th August 2018

Steve W writes:

Only 4 of us did the shorter club ride today which was described as a 30 miler as opposed to the other ride today to Wetherby which was nearly 70 and on which the majority set off in 2 groups led by Caran.

We followed the same route through Embsay and Bolton Abbey and along the back road as far as Cockpit Farm near Otley. This back road is a veritable highway of cyclists heading up the dale: riders in club groups, in 2 or 3s or on their own. It was good to see so many youngsters out with these groups too.

Happily despite the notices about road dressing we didn’t have to contend with those evil grey chippings on still wet tar. That will be something to tackle in the near future no doubt. It seems recently that most of the roads and back lanes favoured by local cyclists have been “dressed”: what an inappropriate word that is to describe the ugliness that it is.

We said adieu to the 50 /70 milers and visited Cockpit Farm café for coffee and cake al fresco (too early for lunch). We decided to abandon the planned return route as we had arrived comparatively early and all had time to consider extending the way back. Kevan had to make his way back home up the dale whereas Andy, Jayne and me worked out a hillier option returning via West Chevin, Ilkley Moor and down Cow and Calf, through Addingham and over Cringles to Draughton and home to Skipton down Otley Road.

 

It was a ride of 2 halves with the rolling valley bottom to start with and then climbing up the other side. So we all felt that we had done a good ride and had extended the distance to nearly 40 which all goes to show that you can get in a decent ride locally without spending a lot of time doing it.

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Ride report 4th August 2018

Phil Probst writes:

A good turnout for another fine day. 4 set off on the faster paced ride and were joined by Kevan in Gargrave.  Another 10 (or was it 11?) set off on the 30/50 rides. It was a bit cool initially but we quickly warmed up, Martyn and Maurice joined us Gargrave, then 2 dropped off at Airton Farm shop to do the 30 miler. By this point I had totally lost count, Lol!

We opted for the climb on the right side of the Malham Cove (the Raikes Road). It was hard going in the heat and then as we turned west across Malham Moor we were met by a full-on head wind. We had a chance encounter with the Waddicors on the Silverdale Road. I think they were trying to put-off a family member from ever cycling again!

We descended to Knight Stainforth caravan site for the cafe stop and met up briefly with the fast group. The café was incredibly efficient and were delivering food to the tables before people got sat down from ordering – maybe they were trying to get rid of us?

A different way back: a bit “round the houses” to Rathmel, Wigglesworth then to Paythorne, Horton, Bracewell, Barlick, Thornton, Marton and Gargrave. Just when we thought we were on the home run, we turned back towards Eshton, Flasby, Hetton and Rylstone followed by good, well organised thrash back on the G-Road to Skipton. We were especially grateful to the lady car passenger who leant half way out of the car window and give us some coaching on the benefits of riding in single file – something like that anyway.

On returning to town we adjourned for a coffee to the new Cyclist café on Newmarket Street for a de-brief. A good time was had by all.

The Clubhouse coffee bar

Even the bikes get a rest!

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Ride Report 21st April 2018

We were blessed today with some of the best weather so far this year and it was reflected in the turnout of members at Chevin, all fit and raring to go! The featured ride was another extended distance with a route of 70 miles over the Cross of Greet from Slaidburn. It needs to be attempted on a decent day and today it was.

18 opted for this route and a further half dozen did the shorter one as far as Halton West. This group, led by Di, was joined by guest riders, Fiona and Paul. So keen was John, that he flew back from India just to get out on his bike in the sunshine and enjoy some good, fresh, northern air!

Chris setting the pace

The faster group, numbering 10, set off ahead picking up Kevan waiting at Gargrave. Making their way to the Riverbank Tearooms at Slaidburn, they arrived about 1130. Advance booking proved to be a wise call as the place was vey busy. The women in this group had apparently set a lively pace to this point!

The other group of 8 riders arrived about 30 mins later and had to join a queue out of the door to order their food. Strangely, just has Steve parked up his bike, the front wheel punctured with a loud hiss. With Rick’s help this was speedily repaired in time his consume eggs on toast! Service at the tearooms was good today despite the large numbers arriving for lunch.

The climb of Cross of Greet is in “100 Greatest Climbs” page 79,

So it has a bit of a reputation that means it must be tackled at some point in a cyclist’s life or there has to be a good reason why it hasn’t!

It”s like the climb over Buttertubs from the Hawes side with some sharp bits but generally not too demanding. [See this link for more info about the climb and some background : Cycling uphill 

Smiles of satisfaction

Edward was  “Cross” when he reached the top!

No fear of flying!

 

Although the view of the 3 Peaks and the Lakeland hills from the summit was obscured by haziness, there was a real sense of altitude gained and wide open space. After a catch up and a photo call we descended to Mewith Lane and the way back to Giggleswick Station and the A65. The descent from the top is fast and thankfully the tarmac isn’t too bad, adding to the fun!

With the temptation of a second cafe stop at Hazy Days in mind, we pressed onto Hellifield via Rathmell and Wigglesworth in good order. Water bottles and energy needed topping up, so we were more than a little disappointed to find that the cafe had shut at 3! However Karl came to the rescue with an invite to his place on the route back.

@ Karl and Wendy’s “cafe”

Coffee, tea and Haribos were on the menu and were gratefully consumed  fuelling the last few miles back home.

So a memorable day out with a sense of achievement and more than a few very happy cyclists.

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