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

Ride London 100 SCC Team Entries 2016

Another year, another Ride London. It was by all accounts a great event last year. We had a team last year, so should get one this year (although they are not guaranteeing that this year). I’ve put in a request for 1 men’s team and 1 mixed team, the men’s team is 4 men, the mixed team is 2 men and 2 women.

To give everyone a chance who may be interested, if you want to be part of the SCC team entry please email simonl@skiptoncyclingclub.org.uk by the 21st March. Specify if you are happy to be part of the men’s or the mixed team, or if you’re not bothered either way.

Preference will be given to those who were not part of the team entry last year. We will find out if we got our team entries on the 21st March. If we have more riders than spaces, we’ll pick names out of a hat. First ones drawn will get the entries, the rest will go onto a waiting list in the order drawn.

The event costs £58, and payment will be due by the 8th April. You must be an Skipton Cycling Club member and a British Cycling member to be part of the SCC team entry.

Last year we struggled to actually get a team of 4 together, so there is a very good chance that if you want to ride, you will get to.

SCC Casual Kit

Skipton Cycling Club now has casual kit available to buy direct from MC Sports in Skipton. Perfect to wear down the pub!

The casual kit is based around a coloured embroidered badge on your choice of a hoody, t-shirt or polo shirt. T-shirts are £9.99, the Polo Shirt is £13.99 and the nice warm Hoody is £12.99. You can go down to MC Sports and buy in person or order direct on their website below.

Order direct from MC Sports

SCC Mud Flaps for sale

The Skipton Cycling Club mud flap is ready to order. The mud flap almost reaches the floor so provides excellent protection for those behind, along with looking great.

Comes with 2 push fit fixings, washers and full fitting instructions. Fixings are are pretty low profile, so shouldn’t rub on your tyre. You’ll need a drill and a 4.5mm drill bit (plus a set of mud guards to fit it to of course). It takes about 30 minutes to fit.

£8.50 posted to your door. Delivery within 4 days. Only 20 available!

SCC Mud Flap

Fitting the mud flap

Mine is all nicely fitted, so if you’re riding behind me you’ll no longer be splattered with cow poo. I took some picture in the process which might be useful when you’re fitting yours.

Skipton Reliability Ride 2016

NEW! Download the 100km route card
NEW! Download the 50km route card

Sunday the 20th March sees a return of the Skipton Reliability Ride, this year run by Skipton Cycling Club. Start/Finish point is behind Chevin Cycles in Skipton. Sign-on from 9:00am, if we have a large number of riders, riders will be set off in groups. Please arrive by at least 9:20am to avoid getting mixed up with the wrong group!.

This year the reliability ride is a free event for existing Skipton Cycling Club members and potential new Skipton Cycling Club members (under the 3 rides rule). You can register your interest over on the SCC facebook group Skipton Reliability Ride 2016 event.


Full SCC membership is £20 or if you are a member of another club and wish to ride the reliability ride you can join SCC as a 2nd claim member for £10.

Join SCC today

Very similar to the Otley reliability ride in structure. There is a route, a start point and time, a load of riders and you need to find your own way round the route and back to the start. The whole point is to prove (to yourself) that you and your bike are reliable. It’s not a race, or a group ride, but you’re welcome to ride it with your friends and it should be a great day out.

Finishers within the time limit will be listed on the Skipton Cycling Club website. If you want to ride the 100km at a more leisurely pace that’s fine, just let us know at sign-on.

We have 2 distances to choose from. A 100km with a 3 hour 45 minute time limit departing at 9:30am:

And a 50km with a 3 hour time limit leaving at 9:45am:

SCC 2015 Survey Results

Back in November 2015 a survey went out of SCC club members to see what they thought about the club. There was also a paper version available at the AGM. The survey was completely anonymous and asked 10 simple questions about the club with the opportunity to comment.

It’s taken me a while to compile the results (including manually entering the 30+ paper surveys), but it’s now complete and the results are up for all to see.

See the Survey Results

We had 72 responses from around 150 members, although only about 100 of those members are actively involved with the club. So a pretty good response rate of just under 50%. I’m not going to do an analysis of the responses, I’ll let you draw your own conclusions, but all in all I think we did pretty well in 2015.

Thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey.

Spring Wednesday Training

Spring is coming! You wouldn’t think it with the weather we’ve been having, but I’m confident we’ll have warm evenings and dry roads from March until May.

Come spring, you want to be getting some strength back in those legs. Now I’m not a fan of endless hill reps, but like a hilly ride as much as the next man. So I’ve devised 4 new routes to run from March 2nd until April 27th for our Wednesday training rides. Same meeting point (Dave’s) 6:30PM every Wednesday night.

All the routes are pretty lumpy so we’re not going to be able to keep it together all the way round. The aim is to build up strength and climbing ability, so go at your own pace on the major climbs but re-group as needed. I’ve included some suggested re-group points in the descriptions below.

Langbar – Week 1

A steady ride out via gated road takes us to the long classic Langbar climb. One of the toughest climbs in the area for sure, re-group at the top. Return route is via Cocking Lane (you’ve got to love that name), actually higher than Langbar at just over 900ft but far more gradual. Again, re-group at the crossroads at the top. A short up and down through Bradley brings us back to Skipton.

Nappa Winterburn – Week 2

A fairly simple variation on the classic Nappa-Hetton loop taking in Airton and Winterburn rather than the valley road to Bell Busk. There’s a proper climb out of Otterburn, so re-group at the top and it’s endless lumps between Airton and Hetton so there will be a re-group in Hetton. The rest of the way round, let’s try and keep it together.

Hartlington Raikes – Week 3

This route is all about Hartlington Raikes, a seldom used climb over by Appletreewick. One great thing about Hartlington Raikes is that it misses out Dibbles Bridge while still taking us right to the top of the moors. We go out via Black Park, but return via Grassington Road for a flattish route back. Feel free to go mad up Black Park and Hartlington Raikes, but you might be waiting a while at the top, they are both long climbs.

Cowling Hill – Week 4

Sort of like going Over t’Moss, but harder. Cowling Hill gives us a long steady climb to Skipton Old Road but with a nice lumpy warm up via Cononley rather than heading straight up from Carleton. Re-group once we hit Skipton Old Road at the top. Fast and flat back via Earby, but let’s try and keep it together there.

Autumn/Winter Wednesday Training

With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder and wetter, we’ll be moving the Wednesday training ride to something shorter, more varied, sheltered and sedate. Chain gang will be back in the spring.

There will be 4 routes which we will alternate starting from October. Pace will be 16-17mph, aim will be to keep it together and keep it moving all the way round. If you’re struggling or dropping off the back, please shout up! The routes are:

Espresso (Linton Variant) – Week 1

24 miles, up to Kilnsey, across the bridge to Conistone and back via Grassington and Linton.

Nappa Hetton 30 – Week 2

30 miles, out to Nappa via Gargrave and Bank Newton, up to Hellifield, Flasby and back. Option to cut short if it’s grim by heading straight back to Gargrave from Bell Busk.

Burnsall Loop – Week 3

23 miles, classic Burnsall route via gated road. Short but quiet with one climb coming up to Burnsall. Usually a quick regroup in Burnsall.

Over t’Moss – Week 4

25 miles, short and easy to keep the pace up. Much of the road from Crosshills through Cowling has been resurfaced. Considerable amount of the route has street lighting. Good fun when you get a tail wind through Kelbrook.

SCC Winter Kit Order

The kit order site is live for those who want kit, including a new Milltag pro stretch rain jacket at a very reasonable £66. There will be a stock kit order going in of £1500 also, mostly common sizes (L/XL), but some youth stock in there too. Milltag sizing is pretty spot on (similar to Castelli).

Milltag sizing is pretty spot on (similar to Castelli). I’m 6ft, 76kg and wear a large jersey and shorts which are a snug 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 13th September, delivery will take approx 5 weeks. Order direct from the Milltag SCC site, payment by PayPal.

Order your SCC kit today