Chris Rose writes
Chris Rose writes
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pictures courtesy of Paula S and her new iPhone!
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.
Continue reading “Training Ride Report. 26th 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.
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.
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.
Well, the weather proved to be much better than forecast and this, as well as the route, proved to be a big draw for those out today. 20 odd members were joined by 2 newby guests Delia and Steve. Both were experienced cyclists but new to us! It was nice to see Simon out again on a club ride after a long absence.
We managed to get nearly every one assembled for 9.30 so that we could make a prompt getaway but there are always one or two who have issues with time keeping! They know who they are.
Only 3 opted for the 30 miler. 10 set off at a faster pace and the rest followed. All were following the same route up to the turn off for Halton West. Kevan and Martyn joined the ride at Gargrave. Then between Bank Newton and Swinden the first mechanical of the day occured when Will suffered a rear wheel puncture.
The sun shone all the way to Tosside via Grunsagill and those that had chosen warmer gear were beginning to feel the heat.
A cafe stop had been booked at the Vicarage tearoom at Tosside and the faster group sped their way to arrive a full 30 minutes earlier than planned. They were just finishing when the rest arrived but by then the warmth of the sun enabled these later arrivals to sit outside and admire the extensive views to the south and west.
The route took us across the expanse of Rathmell and Giggleswick Commons to the wonderfully named Wham. Apart from the unlikely connections with the 80s rock group a little research informs disappointingly, that it’s “old English” for “the marshy valley or hollow’’.
This stretch of the route gives views great across to Penyghent , Ingelborough and all the lesser hills around Settle and Clapham.
It’s a real pleasure to travel these 4 or 5 miles to Giggelswick station on quiet lanes with little or no traffic to worry about before it dishes us up on the A65 for a short distance.
From here we followed the wide road to Rathmell and onto Wiggelsworth in good order with Caran and John setting the pace. Up Flat Lane (that isn’t), and onto Hellifield next. At Otterburn an excited discussion began amongst some of the women in the group focusing on the question of the Strava QOM for the stretch to Bell Busk. Without much delay off they went at pace leaving others trailing behind. Di and Caran respectively achieved 3rd and 6th fastest women times. So as a result so they will probably be trying their hand in next week’s faster paced group (or maybe not!)
After that the rest of the ride back to Skipton was done at a more normal speed. We finished off the afternoon’s activity in the Clubhouse with the excellent brownies that Kane imports from Leeds.
Steve W writes:
Only 4 of us did the shorter club ride today which was described as a 30 miler as opposed to the other ride today to Wetherby which was nearly 70 and on which the majority set off in 2 groups led by Caran.
We followed the same route through Embsay and Bolton Abbey and along the back road as far as Cockpit Farm near Otley. This back road is a veritable highway of cyclists heading up the dale: riders in club groups, in 2 or 3s or on their own. It was good to see so many youngsters out with these groups too.
Happily despite the notices about road dressing we didn’t have to contend with those evil grey chippings on still wet tar. That will be something to tackle in the near future no doubt. It seems recently that most of the roads and back lanes favoured by local cyclists have been “dressed”: what an inappropriate word that is to describe the ugliness that it is.
We said adieu to the 50 /70 milers and visited Cockpit Farm café for coffee and cake al fresco (too early for lunch). We decided to abandon the planned return route as we had arrived comparatively early and all had time to consider extending the way back. Kevan had to make his way back home up the dale whereas Andy, Jayne and me worked out a hillier option returning via West Chevin, Ilkley Moor and down Cow and Calf, through Addingham and over Cringles to Draughton and home to Skipton down Otley Road.
It was a ride of 2 halves with the rolling valley bottom to start with and then climbing up the other side. So we all felt that we had done a good ride and had extended the distance to nearly 40 which all goes to show that you can get in a decent ride locally without spending a lot of time doing it.
Phil Probst writes:
A good turnout for another fine day. 4 set off on the faster paced ride and were joined by Kevan in Gargrave. Another 10 (or was it 11?) set off on the 30/50 rides. It was a bit cool initially but we quickly warmed up, Martyn and Maurice joined us Gargrave, then 2 dropped off at Airton Farm shop to do the 30 miler. By this point I had totally lost count, Lol!
We opted for the climb on the right side of the Malham Cove (the Raikes Road). It was hard going in the heat and then as we turned west across Malham Moor we were met by a full-on head wind. We had a chance encounter with the Waddicors on the Silverdale Road. I think they were trying to put-off a family member from ever cycling again!
We descended to Knight Stainforth caravan site for the cafe stop and met up briefly with the fast group. The café was incredibly efficient and were delivering food to the tables before people got sat down from ordering – maybe they were trying to get rid of us?
A different way back: a bit “round the houses” to Rathmel, Wigglesworth then to Paythorne, Horton, Bracewell, Barlick, Thornton, Marton and Gargrave. Just when we thought we were on the home run, we turned back towards Eshton, Flasby, Hetton and Rylstone followed by good, well organised thrash back on the G-Road to Skipton. We were especially grateful to the lady car passenger who leant half way out of the car window and give us some coaching on the benefits of riding in single file – something like that anyway.
On returning to town we adjourned for a coffee to the new Cyclist café on Newmarket Street for a de-brief. A good time was had by all.
Andy Solloway writes:
Good turn out for the ride this morning under less than summery skies. A baker’s dozen met up in Horton in Ribblesdale and headed off over the gravelly, redressed road to Ribblehead. Up to Newby Head well before the fast motorcycles and then turned off for the lovely descent down to Cowgill and along the back road to Dent.
Not having clocked up enough miles to justify lunch we then took an extra loop towards Sedbergh and back to stop at a different cafe than planned, which turned out to have a rather unique approach to customer service.
I guess 13 hungry cyclists arriving took them off guard. We overheard another diner who had been left waiting by our arrival, who had to abandon the food they had cooked for him being told “Don’t come back!”.
After a slightly oddly served lunch (baked beans in bowls anyone?), we headed out to the real climb of the ride, the tough ascent of Deepdale.
Two gates to negotiate, plus the road having a liberal covering of cow poo, resulted in one of us spinning a wheel and taking a tumble! Rudimentary first aid given, we prepared ourselves for the cracking rollercoaster of a descent down Kingsdale, a great four mile blast to Thornton in Lonsdale and on to Ingleton.
I’d kind of forgotten the plotted route after that, but a combination of Garmin and an old school map guided us a meandering route to Clapham, Austwick and on to Helwith Bridge and back to Horton. Great ride, stunning scenery even under the clouds, very social, yet challenging