Ride Report 7th April

The 50 miler this week was a 70 miler! Taking advantage of the longer days and the spring weather (we thought!). Today’s was a “special” to Wetherby.  This route has the bonus of the extra distance without too much more effort than our usual 50 would involve. The numbers who turned up this morning were surprisingly low and only 7 set off on the longer route with a similar number undertaking the shorter distance route to Weston.

One of the challenges of a club ride to Wetherby is to find a cafe that will accommodate us all.  However Caran, who was leading the ride, persisted and just when it looked as though we were going to have sit outside, she swooped on 3 newly vacated tables inside. I think the sight of us lycra clad and mud spattered individuals may have distracted the “ladies lunching” there.

A recurring feature of recent club rides has been mechanical breakdowns and today was no exception with Simon suffering a rear tyre puncture at Farnley and Mike, for the second week in succession, limping back to Skipton with only one gear working after a cable snapped. The toll that winter takes out on our bikes!

Around the Lowe Wharfe valley there are frequent sightings of the red kites that live in Harwood estate and today we were treated to several close ups. As they only consume carrion we were safe from these impressive predators as long as we kept moving!

We returned at some pace along the back road with Christine taking the front wheel and giving us a helpful tow into a staff breeze.

 

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50+ mile Ride Report for 31st March 2018

Another challenging route for those who like to go up and do it in Lancashire. Actually for once the weather was better there than in Skipton with dry roads and some brightness. The poor weather saw a drop in expected numbers with only 7 undertaking the longer route and about the same on the shorter one. We were joined by a guest rider who was no slouch on her Canyon and who we hope will be applying for membership.

Today’s leader Rick nearly always goes West for the quieter roads and today was no exception. We followed a familiar line up to Hellifield through Eshton and Bell Busk and then from Wigglesworth down to near Bolton by Bowland. From there the roads began to slant up and soon we were ascending Waddington Fell from the north side. Then our mechanical issues started with both Mike and Rick suffering form dysfunctional free hubs within 50 yards of each other. What chance of it happening like that? Thankfully both managed to get to the top of the climb without any further problems but not for long.  Our Cafe stop at the Country Kitchen in Waddington was amazingly quick as we were the only customers and so we were served within minutes of our arrival!

Setting off from Waddington and heading for Clitheroe in an increasing headwind was a bit of a surprise because we hadnt noticed it pushing us along on the outward run. Isn’t that always the case though?

Rick and MIke’s problems worsened and on the outskirts of Clitheroe, Mike had to abandon, hoping he could be rescued by his family. (He subsequently reported he was safe and sound at home).

After the ups and downs of Twiston Lane from Downham, we topped out on Brogden Lane with its long distance views to Penyghent and Ingleborough and the welcome descent to Barnoldswick. It was here that Rick’s freehub finally gave in and with some assistance and scooting reached “Barlick” and made a rescue calls home. He too was safely at home within the hour,

So from a start list of 7 only 3  made the return to Skipton ( one turned off home near Broughton). A real Agatha Christie Script?

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30 mile Ride Report 24th March 2018

 

The 30 milers get motivated to climb up Gordale Lane

The promising weather forecast for today tempted out a large number of members for today’s rides which Caran had created to make sure that we made the most of the opportunity! The 30 milers had the climb out of Malham up Goredale Lane to look forward to. The 50 milers had this and then up and over to Halton Gill from Stainforth having descended into Ribblesdale down Langcliffe Brow! There was particular joy for Simon T who claimed the climb out of Malham as his biggest since getting back on his bike! A cafe stop at the Old Barn Cafe was justified reward for our efforts. We then finished off with the rolling route to Winterburn and a tidy return along the Grassington Road.

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30 miler Ride Report 17th Feb 2018

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

Phil Probst

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50 miler Ride Report Feb 17th 2018

It makes a change to be able to record a ride that was done in weather that at times was positively spring like. Clearly sufficient club members thought the effort worthwhile as a total of 22 turned up at Chevin  for the 2 rides. 8 opted for the 30 miler that was led by Phil and 13 undertook the 50 miler led by Steve. A new rider Rob introduced himself and went on the short route. Caran joined at Elslack riding on her expensively repaired bike and Rick caught up with us at the Swan in Carleton. Both rides were following the same route as far as the Hellifield Road junction above Paythorne. I’m told that the 30 milers had a cafe stop at Hazy Days and again at the end of the ride at Bean Loved!

This junction seemed to be club ride central as the 20 odd of us were joined by a dozen or more cyclists from another club. We parted company with the 30 milers and rode onto Bolton by Bowland for the traditional toilet stop there.

We had already had our fair share of potholed roads up to this point but the climb of Holden Lane to the Slaidburn Road was further evidence of the crumbling infrastructure and dangerous conditions on Lancashire’s roads. Can they be worse that NYCC? Today’s evidence suggests Yes!

 

This long climb split the group in to two and at the catch up the faster lads and lass set off to get to the cafe stop at Slaidburn. We had booked ahead but this didn’t seem to have much effect on the speed of service which was both slow and confusing. Drinks were served first followed by food, eventually. The sausage sandwiches were the slowest even though ordered first  and were not of very good quality. It was a surprise when Mark reported that he could pay with his Apple Pay app!

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Those who hadn’t visited  Slaidburn before were somewhat fazed that the extra miles to the cafe from the top of the hill had to be ridden back up hill  to do the second half of the ride back to Tosside and Wigglesworth, The effort of climbing up the hills all the way back to Tosside took its toll of those who had opted for sausage sandwiches as the group was straddled across about half a mile when we had a catch up. There are obviously some lessons to be learnt from this. Reconsider sausage sandwiches for lunch before riding up  a hill or let non-sausage eaters have their head and forget about catch ups!

up Flat Lane?
From Bell Busk to Eshton in good order!

The exhilarating descent from Tosside down to Wigglesworth and the River Ribble beyond is one of the writers favourite stretches of road as speed is built up and sustained for about 2 or 3 miles. 

From Hellifield we cut across to Otterburn, Bell Busk and over to  Eshton before the final  ever “popular” hill to Broughton and the A59 along to Heslaker and then a coffee in Bean Loved. to finish off.

54 miles and over 4000′ of climbing but a great day out!

More of these please .

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Ride Report for Club Ride 10th Feb 2018

Written by Jo Biott:

Seven members (Edward, John, Jonathan, Rick, Simon, Steve and I) arrived at Chevin for the not quite 50-miler Saturday Social Ride to Kettlewell. There were no takers for the 30-miler this week. Caran had just come to pick up her bike, so wasn’t riding. But it was nice to see her and we hope to see her out riding again soon!

There were a couple of firsts. It was my first time as ride leader and Steve’s first time with his new lenses, so things could have gone awry. But thankfully there were no mishaps and we all had a good time! The weather was as forecast, but that hadn’t put the seven of us off.

It was cold as we set off down the High Street in light rain; rain that kept us company throughout the ride. That said, we couldn’t complain of lack of variety. We had vertical freezing rain, blustery sideways eye-stinging rain, misty soaks-you-through and gets into your socks rain and the ‘hey look, the sun’s come out’ rain.

We rode an anti-clockwise loop, taking in Carleton, Gargrave, Flasby, Hetton, Cracoe, Linton, Grassington and Conistone, before arriving at Kettlewell two hours after setting off. Although the roads had been very wet until that point, luckily we’d not encountered ice. But as we cycled along the back road into Kettlewell, the road was spread with sleet and hidden ice dangers. A few of our back wheels skidded a time or two and we felt very lucky to have arrived at Zarinas with no accidents!

We slotted our bikes into the stands outside and enthusiastically headed into Zarinas for our staple club-ride diet of eggs and/ or beans on toast, with tea or coffee. Zarina had kindly reserved the big solid wooden table near the toasty fire for us from half-eleven. We sat down in good humour, ordered and engaged in some friendly banter about future club cycle events and riding in warmer weather. A few of us hung our wet gloves on the fire surround to dry. Given how cold and wet we were, it didn’t take long before we’d completely steamed up Zarina’s windows and nobody could see out!

Although torturously cold putting wet outer garments back on and coming out of a cosy, fire-warmed cafe on a winter’s day, there were no complaints. We pulled out of Kettlewell and headed towards the iconic Kilnsey Crag in good spirits. We didn’t see any climbers out on the Crag today, but admittedly we did pass half-blind from the sideways-stinging rain.

We took a left at Threshfield and headed down into beautiful Burnsall, (where the toilets are threatened with closure if nobody pays, despite there being no obvious payment mechanism available). We then pedalled back over to the far side of the Wharfe, through Appletreewick in brightening sunshine and towards Bolton Abbey.

As the road passed close to the Bolton-Abbey/Barden Bridge footpath, a spritely young dog dived into the road in front of us. We narrowly avoided a collision, which was lucky. But instead of a simple sorry, we were shouted at by the dog-owner! Anyway, moving on.

We crossed the wooden bridge and cycled through the pavilion area amongst families and dog-walkers. We made our way up and over the gated road, past Billy-Bobs and into Embsay, where we took a count of the Bean-Loved goers. We said goodbye to two and five had coffee at Bean-Loved. Simon got £1.90 cake to share between the five. But it was so tiny, that he ate it all himself

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Ride Report Saturday Club Ride : 3rd Feb 2018

Jonathan White writes:

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.

All in all a nice run out!

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Ride Report for 4th. Feb 2018

Chris Gibbons writes:

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.
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Watch out for Sunday ride details posted on SCC Facebook page.

Ride report for 28th January 2018

About 10 club members met at Chevin this morning: a reflection on the forecasted weather which turned out to be worse as constant rain fell accompanied by an increasingly strong  wind! The numbers split fairly evenly into the 50 and 30 miles ride distances.  All set off together up the Grassington road and then via Hetton and on to Winterburn and Hellifield via Bell Busk and Otterburn. The roads are in a pretty poor state now requiring constant vigilance and frequent call-outs of ‘Hole or Gravel, or water.”  The numerous water filled holes make cycling on the country lanes a bit of a gamble and following a middle of the road line is the smartest move in these conditions. Both groups regrouped at Hazy Days and here the 30 milers took a break to enjoy the low fires warmth and free hot drinks (with food orders) that Hazy Days offers cyclists. The 50 milers took off to make their ways to Tosside to their cafe stop where they had to arrive before 1.00 as a Hen Party was booked in! Hopefully the arrival of men ( and 2 women) in wet lycra didn’t detract from their celebrations! Hopefully we will get a first hand account of the 50-ers experience. ( Thats a hint!). We  set off again into the rain and strengthening wind heading for Nappa and that ever “popular” ascent over the railway bridge to Swinden Hall and eventually on to Gargrave. Typically the rain stopped for the last few miles of the day with a strong tailwind propelling us along the A59 and down Heslaker to Carleton. On  refection, finishing a ride like this is much more rewarding than setting out.  No-one  opted for a Bean Love debrief.  Roll on the improving weather!

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