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.
Last order date is 31st October 2014 then order will be processed. There is a 6 week lead time and kit will be delivered to Fit for Purpose for collection.
Place your order and pay online through the Milltag SCC kit site.
There are a range of men and women jerseys for sizing at Fit for Purpose; sizing seems more realistic than Giordana (i.e. more generous) and there is a sizing chart.
Please see the brochure Milltag brochure for kit descriptions.
Ladies only ride on Sunday 19th October 2014
Claire is running a ladies only ride on Sunday 19th October. This is a social ride with a distance of no more than 25 miles at a pace determined by the group. There will be a cafe stop and chattering none stop!
For anyone new to SCC or wishing to dip their toe in the water and take that first ride this is the ideal opportunity for you. There will be no rush, no pressure, just great cycling to be had. For the more experienced riders, why not just come out and enjoy the all important cafe and cake stop with the girls.
We’ve tied up with Milltag to provide our new club kit. Giordana has been great, but the minimum order requirements and manual administration has led us to change. Milltag is setting us up a site to select and buy your kit (details coming soon). Kit will be stocked at Fit for purpose (thanks Christine) and pricing will be on a par with the old kit.
It’s got an updated design, including socks, cap, skinsuit, jacket and all the usuals. I hope you all like it.
This week’s ride leader is Steve Wilkinson.
3 routes will leave Skipton at 9:30am from Dave Ferguson’s bike shop.
There are 3 levels to choose from: Get back in the saddle (20), Social 30 and Social 50.
Bring your coffee money, put your helmet on and come and join us. If you have any questions, please ask.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Get Back In The Saddle
Social 30 mile ride
Social 50 mile ride
A grand day out was had by all on the Skipton Cycling Club annual Steeplechase. Here’s some pics, read into them what you will 🙂
Hi all SCC members, GBITS, Social or otherwise inclined! There are prizes, there is food and quite possibly some pub stops!!
It is that time of year again, and to coincide with our summer ball, organised by the lovely Caran, the SCC annual Steeplechase will also take place during the day on the Saturday 12th July 2014.
Meeting place will be near the car park at Aireville Pool, under the SCC branded gazebo at 10am.
The point of the event is to mix all abilities together, all bike types and confidence, to work in teams to navigate around a course of approximately 30 miles, stopping at a number of checkpoints and taking team photos as proof.
Whats difficult about that? Well the checkpoints are in the form of clues, and you get these only on the day, the teams are selected out of the hat from all those that put their names in, each team will have GBIT/Social/B/A riders, so come on and put yourself up for it. The teams are of around 4 or 5 and will navigate together, they must all be at the check points together and finish together. So this is not about speed, but about team work, fun and working out which is the simplest route between points based on team ability as well as cunningly planning your routes.
As with last year, we ask for everyone to donate something to the lunch, fruit, sandwiches, pies, crisps, drinks, etc. etc. Last year we had everything including gluten free, if the weather is good we can even BBQ.
Please reply on the forum if you would like to enter. The is no maximum!
Today’s riders all set off from Dave’s shop as usual, the group was 12 strong but smaller than of late. This, we assumed, was down to the fact that there was something called ‘The White Rose Classic’ going on and some of our regular riders were taking part.
Anyway, we made our way along Grassington Road to Linton at some pace! We collected a rogue cyclist along the way too, who just happened to know exactly where to join us because of our excellent ride planning (pat on the back to self), so then there were 13 of us.
We continued up to Grassington and down the Grass Woods road to Coniston where we turned off to Kilnsey. The Crag looked spectacular against the moody skies, with climbers dotted around like colourful spiders.
Onwards and upwards we travelled, turning off to Arncliffe. I fell behind a bit on this road and the others became a speck in the distance. Then, all of a sudden, Gareth Evans appeared like Mr Ben (70s kids TV reference). Apparently I wasn’t the back marker, he and John Cahill had been nattering and it had slowed them down. We all got to Arncliffe and stuffed bananas and flapjack etc. down our necks and watched a couple of vintage tractors pass by, before riding up to Halton Gill and the climb up to Pen-y-ghent.
The views on this ride are amazing, even on a cloudy day. We live in such a beautiful part of the world, we are so lucky that we have hills to ride up in order to see such beauty. Then, you get to ride like the wind down the other side. Bonus!
After debating whether to visit Stainforth Foss we decided to leave it for a warmer day as it was too chilly to paddle and we needed our lunch. Off to Settle with instructions to turn left out of Langcliffe and along the High Road to Constitution Hill, we lost 2 of our boys. They rushed ahead and missed the turn. ‘Oh well, they’ll find us’ I said, and they did, although not until they’d done a tour of Langcliffe looking for us!
The Settle Down café was busy with cyclists from Southport, they were doing an Audax and said they would complete a route over 200k by the time they got home. I pretended not to be surprised by that and wished them well. They were asking about where the best place to view Le Tour would be as they were staying in Skipton next weekend to watch. We suggested somewhere up Buckden way!
The excellent waitress service at the café was top notch again, there’s enough tea in those pots to sink a ship!
After refuelling, off we went up the cobbled street to start the climb up Attermire towards Airton. Phew! Not recommended on a full stomach! One or two dismounted, as it is hard to get going again if you stop, but we all made it up there without revisiting our lunch.
Glorious decent into Airton and over the river bridge up towards Winterburn. We turned right here to Eshton and through to Gargrave. The final hills and swoops down into Broughton are always a good sign that you’re on your way home and a quick sprint along the main road to Carleton, where we all managed to get across the junction at the same time! We waved goodbye to 2 more riders at Carleton as they were heading home to Cononley and we all went back towards town.
There’s always one motorist who wants to put a downer on the day and we met him in town. He was quite abusive, but we put his bad mood down to owning a brown car, overtook him and got out of his way. After all, Bean Loved was calling and we had earned ourselves a proper coffee!
Lots of climbing, lots of banter and lots of views.
A grand day out.
This week’s Social Series Saturday ride is going to be full of views!
You will see Pen-y-ghent close up and we are going to visit Stainforth Foss too, over a very small bridge – we may need to dismount!
As usual we will meet at DF’s bike shop at 9.30am. All welcome, just choose your ride!
50 mile route:
30 mile route:
And… last but not least, the GBITS route:
Great TT last night, and some cracking pics from Karl. Fast time set by Steven Burke at 20:15!
From SCC we had Stephen Lloyd (23:49) Adam Holmes (23:44) and Liz Stefanuti (27:52). Well done to all.