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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Report for Wednesday Club training ride Oct.

Chris Gibbons writes:
Emphasis on consistent high pace as a group tonight.
Nappa loop with 5 club riders saw alternating turns at the front of the group to keep pace consistent and riding at tempo.
No regroups required with the 17.5 mph average and 1800ft of climbing.
Good workout for everyone on this undulating loop, a change from the intense hill efforts of recent weeks.
Thanks to all those who made it and thanks for apologies from those unable to make it on the night.
Looking forward to next Wednesday’s Training night, route will be posted soon.


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SCC at the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race 30th Sept 2018

Chris Rose writes


Four representatives of Skipton Cycling Club took part in the challenge of the Three peaks Cyclo Cross on Sunday: Rick S, Sean McK, Steve H and Adam W.
It was a chilly day with grey cloud but no rain. There was a bit of a discussion at the start about how much kit to wear followed by a warm up ride up Stackhouse Lane.
Paul N and Chris R (support Team) took possession of a variety of gels, bananas and drinks with  a list of projected timings at the two key “dibber” points: Cold Coats and Ribblehead.
We left the riders for the race briefing and headed off to Cold Coats, via the Community shop for a breakfast snack.
From 10.30 am onward the leaders came through at great speed, some interesting bike swaps, speedy repairs and fuel handovers occurred. Sean was through first, quickly followed by Adam then Steve and Rick (bang on 11.08 am as predicted).
We then joined the convoy of cars heading up to Ribblehead (with a quick stop over in Ingleton for – a not great – coffee!)
Sean was so speedy we missed him at the dibber point but were able to cheer Adam along and hand over the drinks and gels to Steve and Rick (again, bang on time 12.47)
The final check for us was Pen Y Gent Lane. Paul was stationed strategically with spare wheels and final emergency rations.
I continued to the finish to see the riders complete the course.
Sean had a noticeable tuft of grass attached to the top of his helmet! He had fallen off, landing head first.
That slight delay plus the need to mend a snapped chain, did not prevent him from coming in first for the SCC team . Splendid!
Adam completed next, his rear mech still intact – well done!
Steve was ahead of the MV60/Rick for the majority of the race until, on finding  a final burst of energy, Rick finished 2 minutes ahead of him.
A most creditable showing for the club. All finishing in under five hours!
It is the most amazing event, a real challenge, to say the least, and certainly a ‘high end’ competition.

Training Ride Report. 26th Sept

Chris G writes:

Wednesday night training – Warmer evening than expected. A good turn out tonight, 7 riders ready for hills and speed work. Good to welcome Simon Lerpiniere back to Wednesday’s training.
Tonight’s appetiser was Ellers Road out of Sutton, always seems steeper and goes on for longer than last time, but at least traffic free riding due to a road closure.
Turning right across to Cowling then over the moss to Colne, we then picked up the pace a bit with a fast Group ride back through Earby and Thornton.
Thanks to everyone who could make it.
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Ride Report for 22nd Sept

Karl W writes:

Skipton CC descends on the Old Vicarage Tearooms, Tosside … en masse!

A phenomenal turnout for Saturday’s social ride saw 29 members (including a couple of welcome new faces) gather outside Chevin Cycles for the Saturday Social Ride. Given the large numbers, we opted to split into three groups with Jonathan W. keeping an eye on the speed merchants and Caran S. watching over the first of the ‘normal pace’ groups; yours truly bringing up the rear with the third bunch of riders. Setting out from Skipton, we headed over to Gargrave via Carleton, a short section of the A59 and Broughton Road. Kevan and Maurice joined us in Gargrave bringing the total to 31 (did people think this was the Christmas ride?).

From Gargrave, we took the road through Bank Newton onto Nappa then a quick stint on the A682 to the Halton West turnoff. At this point we waved goodbye to two riders who were doing the 30 miler due to time pressures while the rest of us hurtled over to Bolton by Bowland before climbing (at a much steadier pace) up the long, long hill (four miles no less!) on Holden Lane before joining the road to Tosside and the Old Vicarage Tearooms for lunch.

The third group of riders arrived at The Old Vicarage around the time the speedy group was just finishing, which no doubt helped the hard-pressed staff at the tearooms who were coping well with our excessive numbers (double what was expected). However, once ensconced in the warm fug, the ladies table began to lower the tone with conversations about ‘sausages’ and ‘respective girths’ accompanied by loud, raucous laughter!

Sated after plates of beans on toast, fried eggs and fish finger butties, we headed back out in to the cool air and continued on through Wigglesworth, up Flatt Lane to Hellifield and on to Otterburn where, with a challenge thrown down, the ladies decided to go for a Strava time on the ‘Otterburn to Bell Busk’ and ‘Bell Busk Sprint’ sectors. Heading off like they were breaking from the peloton on a Grand Tour, the ladies barrelled along, aiming for record times but had a string of ready excuses at the end (headwind, my tyres were a bit low, wasn’t at my best!) but despite this, several clocked up PBs.

The rest of the route was pretty steady, picking up the Malham – Gargrave road to Eshton, then up to Hetton, on to Rylstone and back down Grassington Road to Skipton for an end of ride coffee stop at Bean Loved. Unfortunately in the fast group, Rick had had a major back wheel mechanical near Eshton which ended his ride, but well done Paul N for taxiing Rick and his bike home.

Ride Report: 21st July. Five Dales In A Day

Andy Solloway writes: 

Good turn out for the ride this morning under less than summery skies. A baker’s dozen met up in Horton in Ribblesdale and headed off over the gravelly, redressed road to Ribblehead. Up to Newby Head well before the fast motorcycles and then turned off for the lovely descent down to Cowgill and along the back road to Dent.

Artengill Viaduct into Cowgill

Not having clocked up enough miles to justify lunch we then took an extra loop towards Sedbergh and back to stop at a different cafe than planned, which turned out to have a rather unique approach to customer service.  

Dent Heritage Centre for lunch

I guess 13 hungry cyclists arriving took them off guard. We overheard another diner who had been left waiting by our arrival, who had to abandon the food they had cooked for him being told “Don’t come back!”.

After a slightly oddly served lunch (baked beans in bowls anyone?), we headed out to the real climb of the ride, the tough ascent of Deepdale.

The lower part of the climb
Its getting steeper
nearly there

Two gates to negotiate, plus the road having a liberal covering of cow poo, resulted in one of us spinning a wheel and taking a tumble! Rudimentary first aid given, we prepared ourselves for the cracking rollercoaster of a descent down Kingsdale, a great four mile blast to Thornton in Lonsdale and on to Ingleton.

I’d kind of forgotten the plotted route after that, but a combination of Garmin and an old school map guided us a meandering route to Clapham, Austwick and on to Helwith Bridge and back to Horton. Great ride, stunning scenery even under the clouds, very social, yet challenging

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Ride Report for 15th July 2018

The fine weather continues to enhance the weekly club rides and today there were approximately 20 members out for the 3 rides set up by Cath. All went out to Laneshawbridge through Cowling and then the 50 milers set off to climb past Widdop to Heptonstall and then onto Hebden Bridge. The shorter route doubled back to Skipton.  There were half a dozen in the faster group led by Jo and 7 in the other group led by Cath.

Cath always makes an effort to create routes that are out of the ordinary and today’s was no exception! The sharp climb out of Coldwell was a real leg stretcher and left us all reaching for lower gears immediately! From the summit it was a fast and breezy descent to Hardcastle Crags and on to Heptonstall’s cafe stop. A few hundred yards of cobbles shook us up to enjoy the delights of lunch. French Toast, bacon and maple syrup was delicious!

The slow crawl through Hebden Bridges gave some unusual sightings of several steam punkers in outrageous costumes ( but they are all aren’t they?)

Cock Lane to Oxenhope was hard work on such a warm day but the panoramic views from the top are worth the effort (I think).

The route continued uncertainly with more climbing up to Oakworth and then we made a decision to get back and go through Keighley to Crosshills and then over to Kildwick and Bradley.

Despite the many climbs and effort there was an amazing number of cups gained by those who use Strava to record their rides. 302 in all on the 50 miler

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Thanks Cath for sharing your love of all things uphill!



Ride Report: Away Day to Ripon

Kirby Malzeard

A fine and sunny day for a return visit to this route from Ripon out to Bedale then to Jervaulx Abbey with a stately finish through Studley Royal deer park! Given its previous popularity it was surprising that only 6 club members turned up. The A59 closure, Grassington Festival and other distractions may have put off the regulars.

Those that did take part had a wonderful day out on quiet lanes much less busy than our home patch and with a cooling breeze from the NE, it was not too hot! There were some unwelcome stretches of recently “dressed” road surfaces through Thirn and Thornton Steward which caused some problems for Di has her wheels clogged with the combination of hot tar and chippings.

The planned cafe stop at Jervaulx Abbey Tea Rooms was a mixed experience depending on your views on value for money, the definition of a crumpet and the time of day!  We didn’t really need a second cafe stop but the  “not to be missed” Sun Parlour Cafe in Ripon Park was too tempting on such a warm day.

So all agreed that the extra effort of coming out this way was well worth it and gave us a cycling experience quite different from our usual routes of hills and dales.