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.
https://www.strava.com/routes/11851533

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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Xmas club ride 23rd Dec 2017

Caran Stephenson writes:

A massive turn out for this year’s festive ride, with about 40 riders arriving at Chevin Cycles. There were Santa hats, Christmas jumpers, a few elves, a fairy and a Christmas pudding too! The ‘Big Elf’ turned up with a few extra supplies for those who thought they’d escape the dressing up!

Everyone was in a great mood and the weather was especially kind, considering the previous week’s weather, so off we went!

Splitting into several smaller groups, we made our way up Grassington Road towards Linton, lots of friendly waves and horn tooting on our way too. From Linton to Grassington and following the Grass Woods Road to Conistone and Kettlewell.

Zarina was well prepared for us, even though the café was overflowing! The ‘emergency chairs’ made an appearance and it was a pretty tight squeeze, some of the early arrivals had to give up their seats after their food so that the later ones could sit down. A couple of late arrivals, Roy and just as we were leaving, Simon T, pushed the numbers up even further. Zarina and her team did a great job feeding us all whilst shimmying between the crowded tables and emergency chairs

After that, we set off along the back road again to Conistone then diverted to the Tennants Arms at Kilnsey for a refreshments and a warm by the log fire, then off we went again.

Our next stop was in Threshfield, the Old Hall, where we practically took over the pub, then we set off again to our final call at the Devonshire Arms at Cracoe, for a nice cup of tea or something.

Throughout the day there was banter and good cheer, for some riders it was their first Christmas ride, I think they really enjoyed it as much as all the regulars!

It’s always good to see members turning out for this ride, not sure we’d find a café for that number each Saturday but you never know!

Winter 2017-18: looking ahead

There has been a brief absence of ride reports posted since the weather turned colder, wetter and windier and that’s not because Skipton CC members haven’t been out. Normal service has now been resumed so look out for regular write ups of what we have been doing and check out what is planned in our Events posts on Facebook. Of course there is much more of the winter left which may have an impact on activity. Apart from the few occasions that snow and icy conditions made cycling too risky, club rides continued on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays albeit with smaller numbers involved. Although last weekend (13th and 14th Jan) enthusiasm for getting out saw 20 riders on the Saturday club rides. Thoughts are turning to the kinder weather that lies ahead and recalling what it feels like to get out in shorts rather than bib longs, thermal layers and all manner of jackets and capes allied with the perennial problems of keeping feet and hands from freezing. We are looking forward to running the 5th Le Petit Depart in June and individuals are beginning to identify which sportives they might challenge themselves to do in 2018.

Wednesday evening ride report 10th January 2018

Chris Gibbons writes:

Opening Wednesday night training for 2018 ridden by 6 of us at a keen 17mph pace. Perfect conditions on the favourite 24 mile Burnsall loop with a chaingang rotation back from the quarry. The usual sprint up to Craven Heifer saw some good watts being pumped out.

Sunday 14th Jan 2018 Sunday A Ride report

Chris Gibbons writes:
Over the big hill to Hebden Bridge and a nice warm Cafe stop
Cold ride but dry roads for the 3 of us out.
A few extra miles to tick off the first 100k of the year
Simon on his gravel bike headed off through Hardcastle Craggs on return trip = 1 bike that’ll need a wash!
NB. Out every Sunday at 9.00 from Dave Ferguson’s for those wanting a good paced ride @ 15/16 mph. Look in the Events for route.

 

Ride Report 13th January 2018

Despite the cold, dull and overcast weather there was a good turnout for the club rides today. 20 on the 50 miler and 4 on the shorter route. The longer route took us over the high ground from Airton to Settle via Scotsthrop Lane with the usual trepidation in passing the Highland cattle that seem to thrive up there. The fast descent of High Hill Lane delivered us to the Market Sq. in Settle where we regrouped before setting of for the cafe stop at the Knight’s Table in Stainforth. This is always a popular stop for us and plates full of beans , bacon and eggs were devoured before embarking on the return leg. The large group had split into 2 during the ride over the tops to minimise waiting time at regroups on the cold hilltop for those who’d managed to get there more speedily than the others. So we set off again in the same way.: 2 groups of riders.  As the second group travelled down Long Bank Lane near Halton West we had one of those incidents that spoils the enjoyment of cycling around these parts. A 4 x 4 driver sped towards us at an alarming speed on a very narrow stretch of road giving no space to manoeuvre except onto the verge. In fact, so close was the pass that he dragged one of the group along by the handlebars a short distance. A heated confrontation followed with the furious man, who clearly was incensed at being brought to a halt by us. After a few minutes of further “exchanges” he drove off and a decision was made to call the Police as we regarded this as a road traffic accident because of the collision and damage to a bike. Happily no injuries were caused but the Police dealt with the matter very sympathetically and the PC disclosed that he was a member of Pendle Forest CC. We await the outcome of his enquiries. On our return to Skipton and the usual post ride coffee in Bean Loved we learned that the other half of the group had also had a near miss with another vehicle near Swinden Hall.

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