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This ride was lead by Rik Boon. This is one of the most popular routes that the club does as it covers the best parts of the nearby Dales. The weather was kind to us; the sun shone highlighting the late autumn oranges and browns on the hillsides and of the fallen leaves. We stopped for a few minutes of remembrance at 11.00 near Burnsall. The route travels the length of Wharfedale from Bolton Abbey to Arncliffe in Littondale and then to Buckden Triangle as far as Hubberholme. It was to Zarina’s in Kettlewell that we then sped to enjoy a cafe stop with lots of Aga eggs consumed along with overflowing plates of beans on toast for some. Along the Kilnsey road to Linton we travelled. Then from the quarry to town we kept an inclusive pace (18+mph) using an inside line chain change-over until the sprint down the hill to the High Street.
A significant milestone was achieved by Simon on this ride. He reached a 1000 miles of cycling for the year as he continues his recovery from last year’s setbacks. Everyone witnessed his joy and enthusiasm for his cycling!
More of the same please will make the winter tolerable.
Rick Small writes:
Apparently everyone survived the effect of Brian or Bryan (not sure which) on today’s weather. Many opted for the 30/35 mile route – different to the one planned,see Steve Wilkinson’s Report. Five of us followed the 50 mile route over Waddington Fell where conditions weren’t too bad,just rather gusty. Excellent cafe stop in Waddington , most people on – guess what,beans on toast! No great surprise that it was going to rain on the way back. Great for myself to get the waterproof out after 11 days of sun in Mallorca (got the dust washed off!) We all kept together,most of the time and had a fine ride.Cheers – Rick.(as dictated to and typed by his secretary CR)
With Storm Brian threatening to blow a gale, seven chose the shorter route and an earlier finish today rather than suffer the hostile elements of the longer route over Waddington Fell with the SW headwind and rain. So Rick Small set off with an intrepid 4 to tackle the 50 miler. The shorter route was revised at Barnoldswick to keep off the high ground over Brogden Lane opting for the smooth and sheltered tarmac of the lane through Horten to Newsholme where we were joined the 50 milers making their way along the advertised route. Then we amended the route direction again after Paythorne Bridge and Halton West as we didn’t want to turn for home just yet. The rain had kept away and so we went on to Hellifield, Otterburn and Bell Busk where Grahame punctured. A repair was effected speedily on his front tyre and then we made our way to Winterburn and Hetton . The usual “dash”down Grassington road was reduced somewhat by the strenghtening headwind making a refuelling stop at Bean Loved an absolute must. Good to see Alistair out with us and Simon getting in the miles and enjoying his Saturday rides again. The rain came down as we departed Bean Loved making it a wet ride home for those not Skipton based.
Chris Gibbons writes:
A bit of a hill fest this week with 1000ft every 10 miles. 64 miles. Is winter cancelled, felt like an early Summer ride, shorts, 18 degrees, sitting outside for coffee in Ripon!
7 rider strong at beginning with hills & time constraints causing an agreed split of the pack as ride continued.
Nidderdale and beyond always delivers on a good leg work out. I enjoyed it, feed back on ride welcomed, keep it clean though!
Neil Wilson writes: Well, what a pleasant and eventful Saturday social ride! As ride leader, I scored two ‘firsts’: this was the first club ride where we had a rider on an e-bike; and this was the first club ride where the ride leader took a tumble (thanks to a wet road and some freshly laid cow crap) and in the process brought down the e-bike and rider. Emma – sincere apologies again. Add to this Cath’s troublesome rear tyre/tube and it’s fair to say there was plenty going on. Problems aside, it was a grand day out where the pulses of rain didn’t detract from a splendid route (thanks Caran), an excellent cafe stop (Elaine at Feizor delivered to her usual high standard), and great company – thanks to all who participated today.
For the 3rd year running the club had organised a weekend away in the summer. We returned to the bunkhouse at Brigsteer this year because we were so impressed with the facilities in 2016 that it was a no-brainer to return. Not only is the accommodation of a high standard but the local pub lays on a minibus to pick us up and return us on Saturday evening. The South Lakes has a lot of routes to offer and the roads are fairly quiet. The weather this year was a considerable improvement on 2016 which was literally a washout. This year we enjoyed sunshine and only a little rain. 3 routes were organised: Cartmel and Grange over Sands, Kirkstone, Shap and Lakeside to Coniston via Grizedale.
The weekend got off to a great start with the Friday evening shared meal. All appetites catered for with generous helpings and choice of sweets too.
Each ride was undertaken at an inclusive social pace and had obligatory cafe stops on the way.
All agreed that it had been a great success and as a feature of club activity will be repeated annually.
A dozen out on a bank holiday Monday evening ain’t bad. Plenty of enthusiasm up Black Park climb. Sun shone till it got dark. Note to self, bring lights.
Good to see you out for a guest appearance Andy Hartley.
We had our very own personal photographer in the form of Andy Spencer tonight, pics and vids are sure to pop up somewhere in the next few days
Good steady group ride back from Linton, keep it together we said…..and we did ….until the traditional last sprint to the Craven Heifer. 🏁🇬🇧
Same time next week for more Monday Club fun
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!
On arrival, the morning rain had finally subsided to leave damp roads but clear skies and with a forecast of sun on the horizon it was shaping up to be a good day.
5 of us met at Daves and after waiting for a while we decided to set off. Just as we rounded the corner we were met by Chris Gibbons and Roy Moorhouse. The Sunday rides seem to picking up a bit of momentum now so it was great to see 7 people this week.
We set off at a relatively subdued pace towards Colne via Thornton and Foulridge keeping a nice tight group with each rider taking their turn on the front. I mentioned to Nick Gillies that the pace seemed a little steadier this week which thinking back probably wasn’t my best idea for the moment – a minute later I was on the front with Nick and the pace was increased all the way to the beginning of the climb over the Moss. The pace would have been fine but as we started to climb I was already burned out and my legs didn’t want to play. As I watched Roy, Adam, Chris, Nick and Jayne attack it with gusto all I could do was get my head down and grind away. With Nick Shore just ahead of me he was a good marker to drag myself up and over – job done and PR beat! … keep on reading!
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!