Unusually there was sunshine for a foray into Lancashire. Around twenty left Skipton in two groups with shouts of encouragement to the picketing train guards. It all went swimmingly with the 30 milers joining us until the end of Brogden Lane. Then to Rimmington – however yours truly misread her directions and lead one group on the wrong road. After a little consternation we ploughed on (after waiting for fast moving farm machinery to pass safely) only to be met by the other group not far from the turn to Chatburn. Through Clitheroe to Whalley where we carpet bombed three cafes being too large a group to fit in one or two, fortunately beans were available in two of the three (albeit in ramekin dishes). … keep on reading!
8 of us set off, just five minutes behind the 50 mile riders, headed up the Gated Rd and indulged in the new tarmac through the farm, ignoring the signs 😉 Headed on to Bolton Abbey then to Addingham on the main road, then Carter Lane. Caught up with the 50 milers at the bridge over the Wharfe in Ilkley, then let them get ahead. We then went on past the Lido, then turned left up past Westcliffe House School heading for Langbar, the gentler way. … keep on reading!
Route was down the Dale to Almscliffe Crag and then back through Stainburn to Farnley and after an alfresco café stop at Cockpit Farm, over the easy side of Langbar. Happily the new tarmac at Hesketh Farm gave us swift progress to Bolton Abbey. There are clearly more surface improvements to come along the Gated Road and how welcome that will be.
12 of us set off from Chevin Cycles with another 6 opting for the 30 mile route led by Andy Solloway. We didn’t realise how much the tailwind benefitted us until it was time to come back up the dale! … keep on reading!
11 of us had an excellent day on the 50+ miler, following the precise route I posted up earlier in the week. Tail wind going out with splendid quiet roads up from Bolton by Bowland, Holden, Lane Ends and down to Easington, carefully avoiding the quarry size potholes which could easily swallow a man or woman.
And then Waddington Fell!!! After cutting snow steps and bracing 150 mph winds, we finally made the summit. In fact it was fine. We regrouped at the top ready for the 2.5mile descent into Waddington, well worth waiting for the 40+ mph sections. … keep on reading!
This 55 mile ride was well attended with 12 taking part. 12 set off from Chevin quite promptly. The group was “very keen to tackle the climb up Black Park” as quickly as possible. On second thoughts perhaps I mistook the moans of apprehension for expressions of ecstasy that often accompany the ascent of hills on Social rides!! But there was more climbing to consider as the planned route was to climb Cote de Kidstones!
The ride up the Dale was into a headwind the whole way and it was a relief to get shelter from it as we travelled through the woods and beside stone walls. Jacqui and Martyn took the lead and kept the pace steady along to Consiton. The back road from Coniston to Kettlewell was a wise choice. There was some serious discussion at our next catch up in the village. … keep on reading!
Over the winter we all tend to ease up and bit, hide on the turbo and avoid windy hillsides. To get some intensity back in last year I ran a series of lumpy rides on a Wednesday night. They are based on around 30 minutes of climbing and an hour or so of steady riding. You’ll find that similar to many Sufferfest workouts, and quite frankly, you won’t wany any more than 30 minutes of upper threshold work of an evening.
So idea is, we all ride together, nice and steady to the bottom of the climb, then go at your own pace to the top and regroup. We then ride altogether again to the bottom of the next hill. There are 2 main hills on each route.
This year I’ve dropped it to just 2 routes to give you a chance to hit the same hills week on week. Both routes start with Black Park. On both routes the 2nd climb can be cut out if you’re not feeling it.
Route 1 – Starting 15/03 Black Park – Hartlington Raikes
Hartlington Raikes goes up from by Hebden, rather than turning left, you just head straight up the hill to the B6265. It’s a long climb with a steep start levelling off half way up. Hit the start hard as you’ll get some rest shortly after. Return via Linton, chain-gang down Grassington road if you’re feeling up for it.
Route 2 – Black Park – Langbar
Langbar is steep and doesn’t ease off for one minute. Wait until you can see the full climb ahead before going for it, the start from the turning is not the main hill. Return via Nesfield gated road.
Sunday the 5th March sees a return of the Skipton Reliability Ride. 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 9:30am.
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.
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.
This year we have a GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE result for the long route. Gold is 3hr 45, Silver is 4hr 15, and Bronze is 4hr 45. All finishers on both routes will be listed on the club website.
We have 2 distances to choose from, a 50km and a 100km route:
Similar to last year, but cuts out Hall Hill Lane at Whitewell, instead straight on, past Wildboar Park. Yes I know you all loved it, but it’s easier to navigate without. Greenberfield Lane down the back of Barnoldwick has also recently been resurfaced, so is not well worth riding to cut back toward Thornton. Distance remains at almost exactly 100km.
Pretty much exactly the same as last year, but I’ve amended the GPS track near Thornton to fix an irregularity. Again, Greenberfield lane is included. Newsholme to Horton (after Paythorne before Barnoldwick) is a bit rough in places, so take care. It’s a very small turning 200m up after turning left on the A682 from Paythorne. I’ve left the route going this way as it avoids almost all main roads (apart from the small section of A59) making it more suitable for younger riders.
The Ride London Club Challenge is running again this year. Entries open on the 27th February (although they don’t mention when they close!). Event is on Sunday 30th July 2017. You’ll need to be available on Saturday the 29th to sign-on.
It’s slightly different this year. We are NOT guaranteed a team entry. Full details (what there is) are on the Ride London site.
Teams are either mixed (2 men, 2 women) or just 4 men or 4 women. Last year we had 2 teams in, but we struggled to fill both teams, 1 team reaching the start incomplete. This year I think it best we just put forward 1 team, but we’ll see what the interest is.
Entry is £69. You’ll get an email about paying if/when the entry is accepted. You MUST be an SCC member and a British Cycling member to enter. Preference will be given to those who did not get a place on the team entry last year. Register via the button below by 27th February (yes, you’ve only got a few days).
Skipton Cycling Club membership runs from October to October, so renewal is due NOW. Membership is a bargain at £20 for adult membership and just £10 for juniors/youth riders.
Skipton Cycling Club now has a coaching partner, Smart Performance Coaching based in Steeton and run by local racer Chris Sherriffs.
What Chris and SMART Performance Coaching are about!
Chris has been in the sport of cycling for numerous years, both competing and coaching all over the UK and abroad. He has a keen eye for detail and is easily approachable, which makes him the ideal coach to come to and trust as he has that personal experience of setbacks, time constraints, overcoming illness barriers and many other factors which speaks volumes! He is looking to help every cyclist out there, from novice to elite by making every single training aid accessible to them via his fitness lab at a competitive price. He has thought of everything a cyclist would need in order to improve their performance, such as structured individual training programmes, nutritional supplements and guidance, strength and conditioning, altitude training, power profiling, lactate testing and much much more!
Below is a list of items/products in which members of the Skipton Cycling Club will be entitled to a 10% discount from the fitness lab, which is based on Russell Street, Keighley.
- Elite Package
- Performance Package
- Leisure Package
- Nutrition Package
- Strength Package
- RAMP Test (FTP, Power/HR Zones, Lactate Testing
Nutrition Products; Anything above £15 qualifies