Ride London 2017 SCC Team

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).

I want to be on the team

Membership renewals due now

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.

Renew your SCC membership now

Full membership information is available over on our Membership page along with some specific information for Youth membership.

Skipton CC members get discounts with all SCC partner companies (along with free British Cycling Bronze membership in your first year.

New Partner – Smart Performance Coaching

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!

Club Discount

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.

Training Plans

  • Elite Package
  • Performance Package
  • Leisure Package
  • Nutrition Package
  • Strength Package
  • RAMP Test (FTP, Power/HR Zones, Lactate Testing

Nutrition Products; Anything above £15 qualifies

Autumn/winter 2016 kit order closes soon!

The autumn/winter kit order is closing on the 26th September, you’ve got less than a week to get your order in.

There is a full range of kit including rain jackets, gilets and even a new cyclocross specific skinsuit. Milltag sizing is pretty spot on (similar to Castelli). I’m 6ft, 76kg and wear a large jersey and shorts which are a comfortable fit. If you need to exchange unused kit for a different size, we can swap with stock kit (depending on what we have available).

Youth Kit: SCC subsidises youth kit by 50%. Email simonl@skiptoncyclingclub.org.uk with what kit you need and we’ll get it added to the stock order.

Closing date is 26th September, delivery will take approx 5 weeks. Order direct from the Milltag SCC site, payment by PayPal.

Order your SCC kit today

Skipton Cyclocross 2016 – Volunteers needed

SCC are proud to once again be hosting the first round of the Yorkshire Cyclocross Association Winter Series. The event will be in Aireville Park on Sunday 4th September and will include races for all ages and abilities.

The event was a huge success last year, due in no small part to the support from SCC, turning out in great numbers on the Saturday and Sunday to help with the event set up. We’d like to match that this year and need a show of hands for volunteers for the following jobs:

  • Saturday 3rd September: Course setup in Aireville Park
  • Sunday 4th September: Sign-on, Marshalling, Course take-down

As always, many hand will make light work. If you can spare any time either day, it would be greatly appreciated and add to the reputation we gained for last year’s event. Register to help by clicking the button below. Any questions drop Stephen Hannigan an email at sjhannigan@gmail.com.

Volunteer to help

SCC Velodrome Trip

Stephen Hannigan has very kindly organised us a club velodrome session over at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester!

It’s 2 hour club booking, 13:00 – 15:00, Sunday 17th July.

We can take a maximum of 16 riders (minimum age being 9). Younger riders should be confident cyclists, ideally with some competitive experience or previous experience on the velodrome.

Cost is £35 per rider for a 2 hour session with a qualified coach. Bike hire is included. The bikes use Look Keo compatible pedals, so if you’ve got Look Keo cleats on your shoes, you can use them, otherwise shoe hire is an additional £4.

Register for Velodrome trip

Any questions, please contact Steve Hannigan at sjhannigan@gmail.com.

Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Skipton Chain Gang starts 4th May

Every Wednesday night, starting from the 4th May, we’re going to be doing the Skipton Chain Gang. It’s the same route every week (Skipton to Buckden and back), total of 36 miles. Meet at 6:30PM outside Dave Ferguson Cycles. Pace will be about 20mph, so we should be back for 8:30.

We’ll aim stay together on the way out, but pace will be high, so you’ll need to be able to hold a high speed (think 18mph on a solo ride). The way back will be a chain gang from Buckden all the way back.

A few rules:

  1. Ease up the climbs: 3 main climbs on the way back, Kettlewell, Long Ashes and Threshfield Bank. If you kill it on the climbs, we’ll split up and all be doing a time trial home, which is not the point.
  2. Ease up when you go past: Don’t go past the group like a steam train, you’ll split the group up. Ease up a tiny bit as you pass, but don’t brake and don’t stop pedalling or everyone will crash into you.
  3. Keep it tight: We’ll be riding 2 abreast, so cars can get past we need to ride tight together. There should be no more than half a foot between you and the rider beside you or in front.
  4. Don’t overlap wheels: If the guy in front moves out unexpectedly and your front wheel is overlapping their rear, they will take you out and everyone else behind you.
  5. Don’t line out:: If we’re 10+ riders, lining out just makes for an impassable long line of riders. There are only a couple of narrow sections on this route, cars are safer to wait until it opens up than squeeze past.
This is a dropping ride. Don’t worry if you get dropped. Some of it is fitness, some of it is practice holding a wheel and some of it is getting used to that horrible feeling of going into the red zone for just a few seconds. All will improve the more you do it.

Youth riders welcome. You will need your parents consent, and if you are under 16, you will need to be accompanied by a nominated adult club member to be responsible for you for the duration of the ride. See Youth Membership for more details.

Le Petit Depart 2016 – Volunteers Needed

Sunday 5th June is the 2016 Le Petit Depart. Skipton Cycling Club needs your help.

Le Petit Depart has proved to be an enormous success, not just because of the super route through amazing countryside but due to the exceptional support from our club members. Past entrants have commented on the friendly, helpful and well organised people who give up their time to drive the event and make it such a success.

This year’s event is less than 2 months away!. We need get all of our volunteers organised as soon as possible.

There are many roles to play before and during Le Petit Depart, if you can help in any way then please click the button below. Any questions please contact Gareth Evans on Facebook or by email at gareth410@btinternet.com.

Become a LPD 2016 Volunteer today!

Thank you in advance for your continued support with events that our club get involved with, they couldn’t go ahead without you.

Kind Regards,

Caran Stephenson (Chairperson SCC)

2016 Skipton Reliability Ride Report

What a brilliant day for it! Unlike the grey skies and gale force winds of 2015, we had sunshine. I had no idea how many people to expect so I was all ready with 2 sign-on sheets just in-case. Bumped into Dave at Dave’s getting ready and Sean bringing the SCC flags, soon we were ready for sign-on. A few riders had already gathered behind Chevin Cycles, it was great to see some old faces and new shiny summer bikes. Sign-on went smoothly, route cards handed out, rider briefing done and the 100km were away on time at 9:30 with the 50km following on shortly after.

A coffee, a walk in the woods and a pretzel from Marks & Sparks later and I was waiting in anticipation for the first riders back. 5 minutes after I’d arrived Diane, Neil and John rolled in and seemed to have enjoyed the 50, wasn’t long before all the 50s were back. Expecting to see Stuart rolling in first, I was surprised to see Martin arrive in good time and promptly collapse on the floor, not long followed by Bruce then a steady stream of the rest. Stuart tipped up with a group just missing the cut-off by 6 minutes having taken several wrong turns and back-tracking at least twice! Just as I was packing away Neil and Gareth turned up, bang on 2pm and just within the 4hrs 30. Time for Bean Loved, another coffee and some cake!

I know several people took wrong turns, back-tracked and got it wrong in places. The Skipton Reliability Ride is a much tougher than many others, partly due to the twisty, lumpy terrain and party due to the care required to navigate it. If you got round and got the route mostly right, you did well.

Particular thanks go to Stephen H for helping the SCC youth riders round and Sean M for setting up and hanging about with me much of the day.

50km finishers within 3hrs – not in order

John Tinker
Neil Smith
Diane Craven
Pete Dolan

50km finishers within 3hrs 30mins – not in order

Christine Buckley
Andy Hartley
Claire McKibben
Matilda McKibben
Paul Norman

100km finishers within 3hrs 45mins (2016 cut-off) – not in order

Gareth Frankland
Martin Humphris *
Bruce Dinsmore *

* route cut short due to wrong turn

100km finishers within 4hrs – not in order

Stuart Cowperthwaite
David Ferguson
Chris Gibbons

100km finishers within 4hrs 30mins (2015 cut-off) – not in order

Sam Potter
Stephen Hannigan
John Preston
Christine Preston
Nick Gillies
Lawrence Solloway
Jayne Butterworth
Adam Thompson
Matthew Lister
James Chew
James Sanderson
Gareth Evans
Neil Wilson

Summer Classic Kit Special Order – Closes 4th April

Ready for the summer we’ve got a special order going in for the Skipton Cycling Club Classic Kit. This is a new take on the classic white design, re-created with the help of Ed at Milltag. The design has been simplified, cleaned up and is looking great.

Note: the bibs will have the Skipton Cycling Club text on the bum, not the white ram as pictured on the Milltag site.

Milltag sizing is pretty spot on (similar to Castelli). I’m 6ft, 74kg and wear a large jersey and shorts which are a snug fit. If you need to exchange unused kit for a different size, we may be able to swap with stock kit (depending on what we have available).

For those of you racing this summer, we’ve also got an order going in for SCC racing skin suits. Perfect for cyclocross, road racing and time trials. Look the part and save a few watts to boot!

Youth Kit: SCC subsidises youth kit by 50%. Email simonl@skiptoncyclingclub.org.uk with what kit you need and we’ll get it added to the order.

Closing date is 4th April, delivery will take approx 5 weeks. Order direct from the Milltag SCC site, payment by PayPal.

Order your SCC Classic Kit today