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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Wednesday Training night ride report for 10th Oct.

Chris Gibbons writes

An Indian Summer Night. Big hill efforts by 5 of us. Some cups earned on Strava and plenty of PR’s.
First main climb – Steeton up to the Tarn, a good opener to check if legs are good on the night.
Pole Road onto Cowling then climbing on the lanes to and through Lothersdale.
Maximum training effort by whole group tonight.Front light failure for me made last 6 miles interesting.
Note: check charge on lights regularly!
Thanks to everyone who could make it.

N.B. For those who showed initial interest in these Wednesday sessions, don’t be shy, we’re waiting to see you again. Look out for next Wednesday’s posting on FB 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.

Ride report for 29th Sept 2018

Good weather for our autumn club rides continues and so 24 members congregated at Chevin Cycles for the off. The cooler temperatures haven’t put  off some who are still sporting shorts and summer jerseys. However 3/4 bibs and winter jerseys are beginning to put in an appearance now with leg, knee and arm warmers completing the variety. The blustery NW winds later in the day favoured those opting for apparel in keeping with the season.

The routes were not quite accurately named this week: the 30 miler was 36 in length, the 50 miler was 48 long! The faster group set off consisting of 9 led by Jonathan W and joined by Kevan at the Duck Pond. The 30 milers set off  joined by a guest rider in Skipton for the Yarndale event making a small group of 4. The main bunch was 11 strong. The route took us up to Linton. Riding sensibly along this stretch is always a judgment call and we stopped in Cracoe to let the traffic that had built up behind us pass. A small group of 10 riding 2 breast is safer then a long string of 10 single file riders I think.

Catch ups in Linton and Burnsall kept the group together as much as is possible on these narrow lanes. The Red Lion provided a “convenience” stop too.

Eyes Right at Red Lion, Burnsall

The ascent of New Road gives wide open views across to Simon’s Seat and down into Troller’s Ghyll and despite its gradients seems to be so popular that most didn’t want to stop for a breather preferring to motor on to the T junction on the Pateley Bridge Road. Is this a case of Strava segment-its? The 30 milers went west at the top of New Road towards Grassington and then down through Hetton to Garagrave and back home.

With the wind behind us we moved up past Stump Cross caverns onto Greenhow and then in a tidy bunch, at pace, down to Fewston Farm shop. The benefits of riding in a group with close cooperation between all was clear to the majority as the wind whipped across the open terrain  above Thruscross and Stonetrough. Some shelter in the group to the right and in front made for an ecomonic use of energy before the welcome cafe stop at midday.

We met up with the faster group at the cafe who were about 20 mins ahead. We were served in reasonably quick time given the numbers. It wasn’t just the usual eggs, beans and bacon that were consumed as some were tempted by the cakes on sale to replenish their carbo reserves after the previous miles of effort in the hills and cross winds.

Off again and across the reservoir dam at Fewston to climb up to Timble crossroads.

All smiles at Timble!

A pause before the fast descent to the village of Askwith gave fantastic views of big skies across the area as far as Emily Moor TV mast to the South and over to Pendle Hill in the West.

Enjoying the panorama at Askwith Moor Lane top.

The closed section of road at the Devonshire Arms was negotiated with a short walk and then we headed up the Gated Road for what  was probably the most difficult bit of the whole day. Clearly a wedding at the Tithe Barn was bringing  a substantial number of cars down that way. But most annoyingly of all was a car towing a caravan oblivious to the problems that he was causing. Many of these car drivers were happy to pull aside to let us through and give space to pass safely but a few seemed intent on making life as difficult for us as possible. Caran was forceful in pointing out the errors of their ways and gave them  plenty of advise in doing so!

Gated road mayhem!

Eventually we made it back to Skipton with many recording their slowest ever Strava times for the Gated Road segments! A post ride debrief at the Clubhouse helped to restore some perspective and get back to “normal traffic”  in Skipton a Saturday afternoon.

Thoughtful reflections?

Pictures courtesy of Paula S and her new iPhone!

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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.

Report for Training Ride 19th Sept

Chris Gibbons writes:

A post storm Ali club training session, wind still keen on tops.
Another hill Training Wednesday night session ‘enjoyed’ by 5 riders.

Kicked off with Park Lane, followed by one challenging climb after another around Lothersdale area. A final sting in the tail up Priest Bank at Farnhill and then over to Bradley.

Welcome to Phil who has just joined the club, in at the deep end!

Double blow out puncture was quickly dealt with as was the last remains of storm Ali.
Thanks to everyone’s perseverance on a challenging set of hill loops.

Chris’s Strava route link

Ride Report for 15th Sept 2018

Phil Probst writes:

A large group assembled on Saturday morning behind Chevin Cycles for a wander up Wharfedale, my favourite ride. I could happily ride up there everyday. The weather forecast was favourable. Unusually there was no fast group and no takers for the 30 miler, so 19 of us set off towards Embsay and Bolton Abbey. I made a quick call to Zarina’s to update her with an accurate number for our lunch stop. We then headed to Barden, Appletreewick and Burnsall . Onwards to Kilnsey where we turned off up Littondale to Arncliffe. We doubled back down the dale and then onto Kettlewell. We arrived at Zarina’s in Kettlewell a little early and she was already quite full. Im glad that I’d booked us in advance as she quickly had us all seated and taking our orders.

After lunch we swiftly spun down the back road through Conistone and past Grass Woods to Grassington where we were taken back in time by people dressed in full 1940s costumes and paraphernalia: it was the annual 40’s weekend.

Onwards to Linton, Cracoe, Flasby, Gargrave and then finally over the hill to Broughton, Carleton and home. 14 of us then descended on the Clubhouse Cafe for coffee and brownies.
A great ride out, with weather and cafe to order.

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