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Sometimes the usual 50 mile distance of the routine Saturday social ride just isn’t enough to satisfy the appetites of members who want to take advantage of the long summer days and get further afield. This route is a comparatively easy one that gets you out of the familiar zone and gives an opportunity for putting some distance in at a decent pace. A good cafe stop at half way point helps and then a run down to the Benthams gives great views of Ingleborough and Whernside from unfamiliar angles.
We had a slightly demanding schedule to meet as the cafe suggested that we get there before 1 as a large group of cyclist from Blackburn had booked in too. So we made a prompt start from Chevin Cycles at 9.30. 16 set off. 3 for the 30 mile and the rest for the long one. These numbers swelled as we picked up Kevan and Maurice en route and then Roy caught us leaving Swinden Hall. By this stage we had already had a delay for one puncture at the canal bridge outside Gargrave as Mike suffered a flat rear tyre for the second week running.
The 30 milers left us at Hellifield and we pressed on to Wigglesworth down Flat Lane and got a good pace going along to the A65 near Settle. … keep on reading!
My first go at ride leader on a Saturday went without a hitch (thankfully). Andy Solloway stood in again and led the 30 miler’s for which there seemed a good number of riders, which left me with the 50 miler to have a go at! With a route from Caran to follow we set of on time with 13 and decent weather, including some new faces to the 50 mile crew (Liz, Peter, Wendy and Carl).
A decent pace to Bolton Abbey then we were joined fashionably late by Mike at Barden to make a good group of 14 on the climb to Blubberhouses, where we regrouped. Cath and Martyn did a fantastic job of leading a well behaved pack at a sprightly pace all the way to the cafe at Fewston Farm shop. Refuelled and onto Askwith moor, battling a crosswind good progress was made by all. Down into Askwith and onto Ilkley in two tidy packs sheltered from the wind, good progress was made.
Quick pit stop for Edward and we were off to the infamous Cocking Lane. After a chance to catch our breath at the top we then made for Skipton via the old road from Silsden to Bradley. Back into Skipton before 3! So thank you all for making my job so easy and enjoyable!
As I cycled down to Skipton in the pouring rain I wondered how many others would be as dedicated to the cycling cause. I arrived soaked to the skin with water sloshing inside my shoes. I’m not sure if it was my route choice to Stainforth & Halton Gill, or the rubbish forecast that had put the usual Saturday crowd off today, but there were only 6 hardy cyclists gathered inside the doorway of Chevin Cycles this morning. 3 for the 50 miler & 3 for the 30 miles.
As soon as we set off the rain stopped and the sun came out – well almost… that’s how it felt, our spirits lifted. The 6 of us rode together until the routes divided at Hellifield, then Mike, Steve & I headed on to Settle via Wigglesworth & Rathmell, cracking on at a decent pace in the increasing sunshine. … keep on reading!
On arrival, the morning rain had finally subsided to leave damp roads but clear skies and with a forecast of sun on the horizon it was shaping up to be a good day.
5 of us met at Daves and after waiting for a while we decided to set off. Just as we rounded the corner we were met by Chris Gibbons and Roy Moorhouse. The Sunday rides seem to picking up a bit of momentum now so it was great to see 7 people this week.
We set off at a relatively subdued pace towards Colne via Thornton and Foulridge keeping a nice tight group with each rider taking their turn on the front. I mentioned to Nick Gillies that the pace seemed a little steadier this week which thinking back probably wasn’t my best idea for the moment – a minute later I was on the front with Nick and the pace was increased all the way to the beginning of the climb over the Moss. The pace would have been fine but as we started to climb I was already burned out and my legs didn’t want to play. As I watched Roy, Adam, Chris, Nick and Jayne attack it with gusto all I could do was get my head down and grind away. With Nick Shore just ahead of me he was a good marker to drag myself up and over – job done and PR beat! … keep on reading!
Another “glorious summer day” (not) for this ride was reflected in the throng of members who turned out = 12! The forecast was wrong again as it started grey, drizzly and breezy and stayed like that all day. Not a good omen for the evening club BBQ at Bolton Abbey. We set off with numbers split equally between the longer and shorter rides. It was good to see Simon T joining us again on these Saturday rides as he regains his fitness and enthusiasm for cycling. … keep on reading!
“After my 437th lap round the hub, I decided to start something new”
I was riding Tuesday nights over at the Stephen Burke Hub. 10 miles there, 20 miles round the track, 10 miles back, quality training. But, it was bit of a cliquey bunch, I didn’t really get on with them well. After my 437th lap round the hub, I decided to start something new, something local. Skipton CC Tuesday Night training was born. A fast paced, rain or shine ride up to Buckden and back. One, windy, wet Tuesday, it was just 4 of us. On a sunny evening we had riders from Ilkley, Skipton, Prologue, Bronte and others. 20 riders wasn’t unusual.
Come the summer, I was keen to reclaim my Tuesday nights, several were racing locally and numbers had dropped off. To me, it was spring training, preparation for racing. It was time to close Tuesday training until the next year. Nick (one of the regular Ilkley riders) dropped me a message on Facebook; “How about running the chain gang on a Wednesday?”; I wasn’t keen. We had our Wednesday night club ride, which I loved. It started without me. Andrew Fletcher had taken the initiative to run it alongside the club run with a group of the regular chain gang riders from Crosshills. Skipton CC riders wanted the chain gang and I relented.
Craig Scott writes:We met at Daves at 8:30 with the sun shining and a clear blue sky. Nick Shore was back after his crash in the WRC and Chris Gibbons is now back on his bike after 5 weeks off. With Nick Gillies and Stu Cowperthwaite the turn out was not bad.
My bike has had to go back to Trek so I was riding a friend’s spare bike. After a few miles it was clearly evident that something was not quite right – rattles from the front and rear of the bike and a dropped chain right in the middle of Cross Hills roundabout – this wasn’t going to be an easy day! Stuart on the other hand was riding a fixie (crazy man) and his legs were going ten to the dozen when speeds reached in excess of 24 mph much to the amusement of us. … keep on reading!
Unusually there was sunshine for a foray into Lancashire. Around twenty left Skipton in two groups with shouts of encouragement to the picketing train guards. It all went swimmingly with the 30 milers joining us until the end of Brogden Lane. Then to Rimmington – however yours truly misread her directions and lead one group on the wrong road. After a little consternation we ploughed on (after waiting for fast moving farm machinery to pass safely) only to be met by the other group not far from the turn to Chatburn. Through Clitheroe to Whalley where we carpet bombed three cafes being too large a group to fit in one or two, fortunately beans were available in two of the three (albeit in ramekin dishes). … keep on reading!
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!