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.

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SCC Summer Ball – 8th August!

There are 2 main social events every year in Skipton Cycling Club. The Christmas Do and the Summer Ball. Well, this year the Summer Ball is on the 8th August.

It’s a great chance to spend some time with your fellow cyclists while they are not in Lycra (warning! some may still be in Lycra). There’s a 3 course meal at the excellent Herriots Hotel in Skipton, and SCC has hired a DJ so you can burn off those vino calories on the dance floor.

Wear whatever you like, smart, glam or casual. It’s a bargainous £15 each plus a small booking fee. Your other half can come too!. It was excellent last year so please come again and let your hair down.

Book now on Event Brite!

Wednesday Night Training

Basically the same as the Tuesday night training rides were, but on a Wednesday. 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 approx 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 chaingang from Buckden all the way back with the pace gradually increasing up to full pace coming out of Rylestone.

A few rules:

  1. Back off on the climbs! The ride won’t work if you pull on the climbs, weaker riders will lose your wheel and end up in the wind with no chance of catching up.
  2. Hold a wheel. At times you’ll need to push very hard to get on a wheel. It will hurt, but whatever happens don’t lose the wheel in front of you. Once you’re on a wheel it will get easier, in the wind it will only get harder. It’s worth the effort.
  3. Point out potholes. When riding close at 20mph you won’t get any chance to see a pothole or load of gravel on the road. If you’re on the front you are the eyes of the group. Point out any potholes or other surface imperfections (shout “big hole” or “gravel” if needed).
  4. Don’t worry if you get dropped. Everyone gets dropped at some time or another. If you’re dropped on the way out, spin for a bit, turn around and jump on a wheel when the bunch comes passed on the way back. If you’re dropped on the way back, just follow the road back to Skipton, meet back at Dave‘s after the ride. Either way, don’t worry, you’ll get fitter, faster and more used to holding the wheel in front. Soon you won’t be dropped!
  5. Keep it tight. You should be able to put your arm round the rider beside you and spit on the rider in front. It’s a wide road so we won’t be lining out.
  6. Don’t overlap wheels. The road is full of holes and covered in puddles. Riders often have to move out quickly. If you’re overlapping their rear wheel, they’ll take you out when they move and we’ll all be in a heap on the floor.
  7. It’s not a race. There will be a final sprint up to the Craven Heifer coming into Skipton, but other than that, keep the pace up but don’t attack.

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.

Return of the Sunday Steady 50

Earlier in the year I ran a series of Sunday rides aimed squarely and time strapped Saturday riders and chilled out Sunday riders. It was very popular, the last in the series seeing 17 riders out. Alas, commitments meant I couldn’t keep it running all year round.

Well, people have been on at me to bring it back… and what’s more, we’ve even got some people interested in leading the rides. So we’re re-launching the series!

Same format as before, a series of 4 rides, on the first Sunday of each month, 50 miles max, 14-15mph average, aim to keep the ride together, keep it moving and be back around lunch time. Café stop at Bean Loved after the ride.

Here are the dates (and suggested rides, actual routes will be posted on the SCC facebook group):

  1. 5th July – Halton Gill
  2. 2nd August – Norwood Edge
  3. 6th September – Waddington Fell
  4. 4th October – Hebden Bridge

New Saturday meeting point

Albion Place

Back on the 26th of March, I sent out a proposal for a change of meeting point. I’ve received quite a bit of feedback, here is a sample:

Would endorse change, as I think it,s only a matter of time before an accident occurs @ Dave,s, and I think we are seen as a bit of a nuisance to shoppers and general public. Not good for club image.

We have definitely outgrown the available space

We are causing a lot of congestion which can result in a bad image of the club

I think it is a great idea to change the meeting point to Albion Place- this looks like it was designed as a meeting place/amphitheater and since the powers that be have provided such a good spot it is a shame not to use it.

Albion place has cycle stands and is sheltered more than the place on Rope Walk

I’ve spoken to many other members, the only negative raised by a few people was:

We’ve always met there and I don’t see the need to change it

…which is totally valid. Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings even, no-one is about.

So, initially we’re going to change the Saturday meeting points only. All Saturday rides will now be advertised as meeting at Albion Place. Access Albion place via Jerry Croft (turn left before Cotswolds). There is vehicular access, so you do not need to dismount unless you wish to (although watch the dropped curb).

Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday evening and Sunday rides will continue to meet at Dave Ferguson Cycles.

Note: This consultation has been done via email to ensure all get an equal say, and to be as inclusive of the membership as possible. With such a fundamental decision, I (and the rest of the committee) thought the club meetings did not attract a wide enough audience.

Le Petit Depart – Kidstones

Come day of Le Grand Depart, Kidstones became the place people wanted to be. It’s the categorised climb on Stage 1 and situated in the most beautiful countryside in the Yorkshire Dales (plus there is a pub at the bottom). It also become a hub of fun and silliness. Richard from SCC captured some great pics of the day.

So what about the climb itself?

Kidstones isn’t the toughest climb in the area (I think that award goes to Park Rash), but it is (in my opinion) the best. Starting off relatively easy and ramping up to a harsh 17% for final corner) it’s a climb that needs a bit of strategy, but one you can really have a good go at. I generally go deliberately slow at the bottom then give it the beans as you get past the waterfall (which probably won’t be a waterfall if last year’s weather is anything to go by). I promptly regret giving it the beans when I realise I’ve got another 100 metres to go, but all is soon forgotten for the fast, smooth downhill getting ever closer to the grub spot.

Steep final corner

The stats

Stava has got it down as a Category 3 climb (Le Tour classed it as Category 4), but as UK climbs go, I’d say it’s a medium. 6,500 people have had a go a getting up Kidstones on their bike since Strava began, personally I’ve been up at least 20 times.

Professional riders can get up Kidstones (or Cote de Cray if you will) in under 8 minutes, my best is over 10, but anything between 10-15 minutes is excellent. In fact, if you can get up Kidstones without getting off and walking, thats a good achivement in my book. I’ve certainly thought of getting off more than once. The Skipton Cycling Club record is currently held by resident whippet, Stuart Cowperthwaite at 8:11.

Kidstones gradient

Distance: 2900m
Evelation gain: 185m
Average gradient: 6.3%

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Tuesday night training rides

Tuesday night training has now finished. Keep an eye out on our facebook group for ad-hoc training rides throughout the summer.

Starting from 31st March Skipton Cycling Club be running Tuesday night training rides. The idea is to get ready for a summer of racing. Initiallty running for just 4 weeks with the final session being on Tuesday 21st April.

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 approx 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 chaingang from Buckden all the way back with the pace gradually increasing up to full pace coming out of Rylestone.

A few rules:

  1. Back off on the climbs! The ride won’t work if you pull on the climbs, weaker riders will lose your wheel and end up in the wind with no chance of catching up.
  2. Hold a wheel. At times you’ll need to push very hard to get on a wheel. It will hurt, but whatever happens don’t lose the wheel in front of you. Once you’re on a wheel it will get easier, in the wind it will only get harder. It’s worth the effort.
  3. Point out potholes. When riding close at 20mph you won’t get any chance to see a pothole or load of gravel on the road. If you’re on the front you are the eyes of the group. Point out any potholes or other surface imperfections (shout “big hole” or “gravel” if needed).
  4. Don’t worry if you get dropped. Everyone gets dropped at some time or another. If you’re dropped on the way out, spin for a bit, turn around and jump on a wheel when the bunch comes passed on the way back. If you’re dropped on the way back, just follow the road back to Skipton, meet back at Dave‘s after the ride. Either way, don’t worry, you’ll get fitter, faster and more used to holding the wheel in front. Soon you won’t be dropped!
  5. Keep it tight. You should be able to put your arm round the rider beside you and spit on the rider in front. It’s a wide road so we won’t be lining out.
  6. It’s not a race. There will be a final sprint up to the Craven Heifer coming into Skipton, but other than that, keep the pace up but don’t attack.

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 2015 – Enter today!

Le Petit Depart is back for 2015 on the 31st May. Highly successful in 2014 with over 900 riders, this year is again looking like a cracker. It celebrates the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and follows much of the Tour de France 2014 Stage 1 route. Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.

There are 2 rides, a Recreational Ride with 38 scenic miles on one of Skipton Cycling Club’s favourite routes, and a Sportive Ride with 80 miles of the best the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. Both rides start and finish at the Event HQ at Craven Cattle Mart.

Skipton Cycling Club members are volunteering again and will be at feed stations, out and about on the route and at the start/finish.

Full details are available over on Le Petit Depart website.

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Get Back In The Saddle (GBITS) is back!

Not been out on your bike for ages? Need just the thing to get you back into it?

The ever successful GBITS is back for 2015 starting with 4 rides, one every week from 21st March 2015.

All you need is:

  • a roadworthy bike (road, mountain or tourer, either will be fine)
  • a helmet
  • a spare tube for your bike (just in case)
  • a bit of money for the café stop

We will lead, encourage and support you on your ride whether you’re a beginner or returner to cycling.

Meet at the Craven Pool, Aireville Park every Saturday @ 9:30am March 21st and 28th, April 4th and 11th.