- 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
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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!
“After my 437th lap round the hub, I decided to start something new”
I was riding Tuesday nights over at the Stephen Burke Hub. 10 miles there, 20 miles round the track, 10 miles back, quality training. But, it was bit of a cliquey bunch, I didn’t really get on with them well. After my 437th lap round the hub, I decided to start something new, something local. Skipton CC Tuesday Night training was born. A fast paced, rain or shine ride up to Buckden and back. One, windy, wet Tuesday, it was just 4 of us. On a sunny evening we had riders from Ilkley, Skipton, Prologue, Bronte and others. 20 riders wasn’t unusual.
Come the summer, I was keen to reclaim my Tuesday nights, several were racing locally and numbers had dropped off. To me, it was spring training, preparation for racing. It was time to close Tuesday training until the next year. Nick (one of the regular Ilkley riders) dropped me a message on Facebook; “How about running the chain gang on a Wednesday?”; I wasn’t keen. We had our Wednesday night club ride, which I loved. It started without me. Andrew Fletcher had taken the initiative to run it alongside the club run with a group of the regular chain gang riders from Crosshills. Skipton CC riders wanted the chain gang and I relented.
Sunday the 20th March sees a return of the Skipton Reliability Ride, this year run by Skipton Cycling Club. Start/Finish point is behind Chevin Cycles in Skipton. Sign-on from 9:00am, if we have a large number of riders, riders will be set off in groups. Please arrive by at least 9:20am to avoid getting mixed up with the wrong group!.
Full SCC membership is £20 or if you are a member of another club and wish to ride the reliability ride you can join SCC as a 2nd claim member for £10.
Very similar to the Otley reliability ride in structure. There is a route, a start point and time, a load of riders and you need to find your own way round the route and back to the start. The whole point is to prove (to yourself) that you and your bike are reliable. It’s not a race, or a group ride, but you’re welcome to ride it with your friends and it should be a great day out.
Finishers within the time limit will be listed on the Skipton Cycling Club website. If you want to ride the 100km at a more leisurely pace that’s fine, just let us know at sign-on.
We have 2 distances to choose from. A 100km with a 3 hour 45 minute time limit departing at 9:30am:
And a 50km with a 3 hour time limit leaving at 9:45am:
Le Petit Depart is back for 2015 on the 31st May. Highly successful in 2014 with over 900 riders, this year is again looking like a cracker. It celebrates the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and follows much of the Tour de France 2014 Stage 1 route. Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.
There are 2 rides, a Recreational Ride with 38 scenic miles on one of Skipton Cycling Club’s favourite routes, and a Sportive Ride with 80 miles of the best the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. Both rides start and finish at the Event HQ at Craven Cattle Mart.
Skipton Cycling Club members are volunteering again and will be at feed stations, out and about on the route and at the start/finish.
Full details are available over on Le Petit Depart website.