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Given the bulk of riders had opted to go on the Away-Day Event, just 10 of us opted to do a lumpy-bumpy hybrid 42 mile route in place of the usual 30 and 50 milers. We were joined on the day by Rob, returning to riding with the club after a layoff, and Richard, doing his first Saturday Social Ride.
Heading out to Embsay, we then set out to climb Black Park (a good warm-up indeed) before hurtling down the other side to Barden. After crossing Barden Bridge, we embarked on the second climbing challenge past Appletreewick and Skyreholme and on up to the Grassington-Pateley Bridge road. At this point Steve (who had a prior engagement) and Rob (still building up his fitness) opted to head back to Skipton via Grassington. The rest of us cycled on to Greenhow Hill and turned down to Fewston on Redlish Road. Good style was adopted on the long, fast seven-mile descent to Fewston – a compact group of eight riders two-abreast. And Di and Wendy kept us royally entertained with their constant chatter although I’m not sure either of them drew breath!
Copious quantities of beans, eggs, toast and teacakes were consumed at the Fewston Farm Shop café stop before embarking on the second half of the ride taking in Fewston Reservoir en-route to Askwith. Striking out for Ilkley from Askwith, we enjoyed a rare treat – the road was closed to traffic while workmen repaired the surface for the Tour de Yorkshire but were allowing cyclists through. Cue several members racing a couple on a tandem! From Ilkley we headed towards Bolton Abbey via Nesfield at a spirited pace and then turned up Gated Road to return to Embsay and then Skipton. Interestingly Wendy and Di stopped talking as we reached the top of Gated Road and launched themselves off the front of the group at a pace that would have impressed Marcel Kittel. They proceeded to jointly record the women’s second fastest time this year on the one-mile Strava segment from the quarry to Embsay bend – motivated by the thought of cake at Bean Loved perhaps?
Overall it was a very enjoyable ride; the weather was decent (certainly by the standards of this spring) we had climbing challenges and fast sections and the enthusiasm of those taking part made it an enjoyable day.
Sunday fast club ride to Wray.
6 set out with some enthusiastic riding helped with a tail wind. Nasty spill at a notorious blind junction before Wray Cafe stop. Bacon butties & Cake were essential medicine for our man down.
Return push via Clapham and Austwick with a final push back over Nappa. 77 miles at 16/17 average and glad on this occasion we all made it back.
At last, the Saturday club rides enjoyed really good weather for this longer but very enjoyable route to Clapham devised by Cath and appreciated by all. There was a sizeable gathering outside Chevin for the pre ride meeting of about 25.
The numbers were large enough to split into 2 groups for the longer route. The 30-40 milers were going as far as Wigglesworth and followed the same route until they turned back heading for Hellifield and a cafe stop at Hazy Days no doubt!
A minority of optimistic souls had opted for shorts and summer tops but although they didn’t admit to it they looked decidedly chilled despite the emerging sunshine! “Ne’er cast a clout until May is out” they say!
Rick didn’t miss an opportunity for posting LPD posters at each notice board we passed!
For change there were no mechanicals to slow down our progress and we arrived at Clapham tearooms before midday having made good time, riding well together and maintaining steady pace. The second group arrived shortly after: all in good spirits. Service in the tearooms was speedy and large amounts of beans, eggs and bacon was consumed.
It was a case of diminishing numbers on the return leg as firstly Nick opted for High Hill Lane out of Settle. (He’s getting in the miles for the Fred). Then we said goodbye to Kevin at Airton and Tara at Gargrave.
The post ride drinks at BL was upbeat after the day’s rewarding efforts and a great day out!
The prospect of better weather brought out plenty of riders today and I put up my hand to lead the 30+ group (miles not age!) this included first time rider Rob, and Kevin who we haven’t seen for many months. We set off in mildly damp conditions ahead of the 50s and Caran joined us at Elslack taking a short cut to catch us up.
The advance riders of the 50 group were on our coat tails most of the way and just about catching us at each junction. We all regrouped on the Bolton by Bowland road where we all parted ways and we headed for Hazy days café in Hellifield for the usual excellent service, with the 50s heading for Slaidburn. I dropped off a box of LPD cards at Hazy days.
The sun them came out for a slightly warmer return leg back into town via Bell Busk and Gargrave.
I didn’t have much to do as ride leader and was really pleased with the group riding on the main roads when we paired and grouped up very nicely.
Back into town for the customary debrief at Bean Loved
Another weekend of weather related decisions. I thought I would see who was daft enough to come out. In the end six of us took the road up to Kettlewell via Grassington accompanied by sleet and snow. It wasn’t settling so we pressed on. Unfortunately Zarina’s was closed so we went to the other cafe for much needed hot drinks and food. A nice steady run back to Skipton where we said goodbye to half our group at Brackenley Lane.
to Wray via Ingleton.
Riding under blue skies for a change. 80 miler out to Ingleton, then onto Wray on roads I’ve never ridden before. Great Cafe stop at Wray to refuel then back via Keasdon and Eldroth. The only dark cloud and hail over Nappa. Just me and Simon on this one.
Great day out. https://www.strava.com/routes/11851533
Watch out for Sunday ride details posted on SCC Facebook page.
There has been a brief absence of ride reports posted since the weather turned colder, wetter and windier and that’s not because Skipton CC members haven’t been out. Normal service has now been resumed so look out for regular write ups of what we have been doing and check out what is planned in our Events posts on Facebook. Of course there is much more of the winter left which may have an impact on activity. Apart from the few occasions that snow and icy conditions made cycling too risky, club rides continued on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays albeit with smaller numbers involved. Although last weekend (13th and 14th Jan) enthusiasm for getting out saw 20 riders on the Saturday club rides. Thoughts are turning to the kinder weather that lies ahead and recalling what it feels like to get out in shorts rather than bib longs, thermal layers and all manner of jackets and capes allied with the perennial problems of keeping feet and hands from freezing. We are looking forward to running the 5th Le Petit Depart in June and individuals are beginning to identify which sportives they might challenge themselves to do in 2018.
Opening Wednesday night training for 2018 ridden by 6 of us at a keen 17mph pace. Perfect conditions on the favourite 24 mile Burnsall loop with a chaingang rotation back from the quarry. The usual sprint up to Craven Heifer saw some good watts being pumped out.