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.






Ladies Only Ride

       Ladies Only Ride – Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st May  

Starting at 7pm, this short ride will give you the chance to

improve your fitness – like a spin class but better!

Meet outside Dave Ferguson’s bike shop, Skipton. Helmets are   essential, as are lights, appropriate clothing and a road worthy road bike.

Heavy mountain bikes, shopper bikes and Ebikes are unsuitable.

Ladies Only Ride


2nd Ride Report for 28th April 2018

Written by Karl W.

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!

Spot the SCC strip!
Fewston Farm Shop: breathe in after the fry up!

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.


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Ride Report 29th April

Chris G writes:

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.


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Ride Report 14th April 2018: 60 miler to Clapham

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!

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