8 of us set off, just five minutes behind the 50 mile riders, headed up the Gated Rd and indulged in the new tarmac through the farm, ignoring the signs 😉 Headed on to Bolton Abbey then to Addingham on the main road, then Carter Lane. Caught up with the 50 milers at the bridge over the Wharfe in Ilkley, then let them get ahead. We then went on past the Lido, then turned left up past Westcliffe House School heading for Langbar, the gentler way. … keep on reading!
11 of us had an excellent day on the 50+ miler, following the precise route I posted up earlier in the week. Tail wind going out with splendid quiet roads up from Bolton by Bowland, Holden, Lane Ends and down to Easington, carefully avoiding the quarry size potholes which could easily swallow a man or woman.
And then Waddington Fell!!! After cutting snow steps and bracing 150 mph winds, we finally made the summit. In fact it was fine. We regrouped at the top ready for the 2.5mile descent into Waddington, well worth waiting for the 40+ mph sections. … keep on reading!
This 55 mile ride was well attended with 12 taking part. 12 set off from Chevin quite promptly. The group was “very keen to tackle the climb up Black Park” as quickly as possible. On second thoughts perhaps I mistook the moans of apprehension for expressions of ecstasy that often accompany the ascent of hills on Social rides!! But there was more climbing to consider as the planned route was to climb Cote de Kidstones!
The ride up the Dale was into a headwind the whole way and it was a relief to get shelter from it as we travelled through the woods and beside stone walls. Jacqui and Martyn took the lead and kept the pace steady along to Consiton. The back road from Coniston to Kettlewell was a wise choice. There was some serious discussion at our next catch up in the village. … keep on reading!
Over the winter we all tend to ease up and bit, hide on the turbo and avoid windy hillsides. To get some intensity back in last year I ran a series of lumpy rides on a Wednesday night. They are based on around 30 minutes of climbing and an hour or so of steady riding. You’ll find that similar to many Sufferfest workouts, and quite frankly, you won’t wany any more than 30 minutes of upper threshold work of an evening.
So idea is, we all ride together, nice and steady to the bottom of the climb, then go at your own pace to the top and regroup. We then ride altogether again to the bottom of the next hill. There are 2 main hills on each route.
This year I’ve dropped it to just 2 routes to give you a chance to hit the same hills week on week. Both routes start with Black Park. On both routes the 2nd climb can be cut out if you’re not feeling it.
Route 1 – Starting 15/03 Black Park – Hartlington Raikes
Hartlington Raikes goes up from by Hebden, rather than turning left, you just head straight up the hill to the B6265. It’s a long climb with a steep start levelling off half way up. Hit the start hard as you’ll get some rest shortly after. Return via Linton, chain-gang down Grassington road if you’re feeling up for it.
Route 2 – Black Park – Langbar
Langbar is steep and doesn’t ease off for one minute. Wait until you can see the full climb ahead before going for it, the start from the turning is not the main hill. Return via Nesfield gated road.
Sunday the 5th March sees a return of the Skipton Reliability Ride. 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 9:30am.
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.
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.
This year we have a GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE result for the long route. Gold is 3hr 45, Silver is 4hr 15, and Bronze is 4hr 45. All finishers on both routes will be listed on the club website.
We have 2 distances to choose from, a 50km and a 100km route:
Similar to last year, but cuts out Hall Hill Lane at Whitewell, instead straight on, past Wildboar Park. Yes I know you all loved it, but it’s easier to navigate without. Greenberfield Lane down the back of Barnoldwick has also recently been resurfaced, so is not well worth riding to cut back toward Thornton. Distance remains at almost exactly 100km.
Pretty much exactly the same as last year, but I’ve amended the GPS track near Thornton to fix an irregularity. Again, Greenberfield lane is included. Newsholme to Horton (after Paythorne before Barnoldwick) is a bit rough in places, so take care. It’s a very small turning 200m up after turning left on the A682 from Paythorne. I’ve left the route going this way as it avoids almost all main roads (apart from the small section of A59) making it more suitable for younger riders.
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).
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.
Any questions, please contact Steve Hannigan at email@example.com.
Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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
50km finishers within 3hrs 30mins – not in order
100km finishers within 3hrs 45mins (2016 cut-off) – not in order
Martin Humphris *
Bruce Dinsmore *
* route cut short due to wrong turn
100km finishers within 4hrs – not in order
100km finishers within 4hrs 30mins (2015 cut-off) – not in order
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.