RIDE REPORT: 30 miler 11th August 2018

Steve W writes:

Only 4 of us did the shorter club ride today which was described as a 30 miler as opposed to the other ride today to Wetherby which was nearly 70 and on which the majority set off in 2 groups led by Caran.

We followed the same route through Embsay and Bolton Abbey and along the back road as far as Cockpit Farm near Otley. This back road is a veritable highway of cyclists heading up the dale: riders in club groups, in 2 or 3s or on their own. It was good to see so many youngsters out with these groups too.

Happily despite the notices about road dressing we didn’t have to contend with those evil grey chippings on still wet tar. That will be something to tackle in the near future no doubt. It seems recently that most of the roads and back lanes favoured by local cyclists have been “dressed”: what an inappropriate word that is to describe the ugliness that it is.

We said adieu to the 50 /70 milers and visited Cockpit Farm café for coffee and cake al fresco (too early for lunch). We decided to abandon the planned return route as we had arrived comparatively early and all had time to consider extending the way back. Kevan had to make his way back home up the dale whereas Andy, Jayne and me worked out a hillier option returning via West Chevin, Ilkley Moor and down Cow and Calf, through Addingham and over Cringles to Draughton and home to Skipton down Otley Road.

 

It was a ride of 2 halves with the rolling valley bottom to start with and then climbing up the other side. So we all felt that we had done a good ride and had extended the distance to nearly 40 which all goes to show that you can get in a decent ride locally without spending a lot of time doing it.

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Ride report 4th August 2018

Phil Probst writes:

A good turnout for another fine day. 4 set off on the faster paced ride and were joined by Kevan in Gargrave.  Another 10 (or was it 11?) set off on the 30/50 rides. It was a bit cool initially but we quickly warmed up, Martyn and Maurice joined us Gargrave, then 2 dropped off at Airton Farm shop to do the 30 miler. By this point I had totally lost count, Lol!

We opted for the climb on the right side of the Malham Cove (the Raikes Road). It was hard going in the heat and then as we turned west across Malham Moor we were met by a full-on head wind. We had a chance encounter with the Waddicors on the Silverdale Road. I think they were trying to put-off a family member from ever cycling again!

We descended to Knight Stainforth caravan site for the cafe stop and met up briefly with the fast group. The café was incredibly efficient and were delivering food to the tables before people got sat down from ordering – maybe they were trying to get rid of us?

A different way back: a bit “round the houses” to Rathmel, Wigglesworth then to Paythorne, Horton, Bracewell, Barlick, Thornton, Marton and Gargrave. Just when we thought we were on the home run, we turned back towards Eshton, Flasby, Hetton and Rylstone followed by good, well organised thrash back on the G-Road to Skipton. We were especially grateful to the lady car passenger who leant half way out of the car window and give us some coaching on the benefits of riding in single file – something like that anyway.

On returning to town we adjourned for a coffee to the new Cyclist café on Newmarket Street for a de-brief. A good time was had by all.

The Clubhouse coffee bar
Even the bikes get a rest!

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Phil Probst

Ride Report: 21st July. Five Dales In A Day

Andy Solloway writes: 

Good turn out for the ride this morning under less than summery skies. A baker’s dozen met up in Horton in Ribblesdale and headed off over the gravelly, redressed road to Ribblehead. Up to Newby Head well before the fast motorcycles and then turned off for the lovely descent down to Cowgill and along the back road to Dent.

Artengill Viaduct into Cowgill

Not having clocked up enough miles to justify lunch we then took an extra loop towards Sedbergh and back to stop at a different cafe than planned, which turned out to have a rather unique approach to customer service.  

Dent Heritage Centre for lunch

I guess 13 hungry cyclists arriving took them off guard. We overheard another diner who had been left waiting by our arrival, who had to abandon the food they had cooked for him being told “Don’t come back!”.

After a slightly oddly served lunch (baked beans in bowls anyone?), we headed out to the real climb of the ride, the tough ascent of Deepdale.

The lower part of the climb
Its getting steeper
nearly there

Two gates to negotiate, plus the road having a liberal covering of cow poo, resulted in one of us spinning a wheel and taking a tumble! Rudimentary first aid given, we prepared ourselves for the cracking rollercoaster of a descent down Kingsdale, a great four mile blast to Thornton in Lonsdale and on to Ingleton.


I’d kind of forgotten the plotted route after that, but a combination of Garmin and an old school map guided us a meandering route to Clapham, Austwick and on to Helwith Bridge and back to Horton. Great ride, stunning scenery even under the clouds, very social, yet challenging

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Ride Report for 15th July 2018

The fine weather continues to enhance the weekly club rides and today there were approximately 20 members out for the 3 rides set up by Cath. All went out to Laneshawbridge through Cowling and then the 50 milers set off to climb past Widdop to Heptonstall and then onto Hebden Bridge. The shorter route doubled back to Skipton.  There were half a dozen in the faster group led by Jo and 7 in the other group led by Cath.

Cath always makes an effort to create routes that are out of the ordinary and today’s was no exception! The sharp climb out of Coldwell was a real leg stretcher and left us all reaching for lower gears immediately! From the summit it was a fast and breezy descent to Hardcastle Crags and on to Heptonstall’s cafe stop. A few hundred yards of cobbles shook us up to enjoy the delights of lunch. French Toast, bacon and maple syrup was delicious!

The slow crawl through Hebden Bridges gave some unusual sightings of several steam punkers in outrageous costumes ( but they are all aren’t they?)

Cock Lane to Oxenhope was hard work on such a warm day but the panoramic views from the top are worth the effort (I think).

The route continued uncertainly with more climbing up to Oakworth and then we made a decision to get back and go through Keighley to Crosshills and then over to Kildwick and Bradley.

Despite the many climbs and effort there was an amazing number of cups gained by those who use Strava to record their rides. 302 in all on the 50 miler

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Thanks Cath for sharing your love of all things uphill!

 

 

Ride Report: Away Day to Ripon

Kirby Malzeard

A fine and sunny day for a return visit to this route from Ripon out to Bedale then to Jervaulx Abbey with a stately finish through Studley Royal deer park! Given its previous popularity it was surprising that only 6 club members turned up. The A59 closure, Grassington Festival and other distractions may have put off the regulars.

Those that did take part had a wonderful day out on quiet lanes much less busy than our home patch and with a cooling breeze from the NE, it was not too hot! There were some unwelcome stretches of recently “dressed” road surfaces through Thirn and Thornton Steward which caused some problems for Di has her wheels clogged with the combination of hot tar and chippings.

The planned cafe stop at Jervaulx Abbey Tea Rooms was a mixed experience depending on your views on value for money, the definition of a crumpet and the time of day!  We didn’t really need a second cafe stop but the  “not to be missed” Sun Parlour Cafe in Ripon Park was too tempting on such a warm day.

So all agreed that the extra effort of coming out this way was well worth it and gave us a cycling experience quite different from our usual routes of hills and dales.

https://www.strava.com/routes/14090521

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies Only Ride

       Ladies Only Ride – Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st May  

Starting at 7pm, this short ride will give you the chance to

improve your fitness – like a spin class but better!

Meet outside Dave Ferguson’s bike shop, Skipton. Helmets are   essential, as are lights, appropriate clothing and a road worthy road bike.

Heavy mountain bikes, shopper bikes and Ebikes are unsuitable.

Ladies Only Ride

 

2nd Ride Report for 28th April 2018

Written by Karl W.

Given the bulk of riders had opted to go on the Away-Day Event, just 10 of us opted to do a lumpy-bumpy hybrid 42 mile route in place of the usual 30 and 50 milers. We were joined on the day by Rob, returning to riding with the club after a layoff, and Richard, doing his first Saturday Social Ride.

 

Heading out to Embsay, we then set out to climb Black Park (a good warm-up indeed) before hurtling down the other side to Barden. After crossing Barden Bridge, we embarked on the second climbing challenge past Appletreewick and Skyreholme and on up to the Grassington-Pateley Bridge road. At this point Steve (who had a prior engagement) and Rob (still building up his fitness) opted to head back to Skipton via Grassington. The rest of us cycled on to Greenhow Hill and turned down to Fewston on Redlish Road. Good style was adopted on the long, fast seven-mile descent to Fewston – a compact group of eight riders two-abreast. And Di and Wendy kept us royally entertained with their constant chatter although I’m not sure either of them drew breath!

Spot the SCC strip!
Fewston Farm Shop: breathe in after the fry up!

Copious quantities of beans, eggs, toast and teacakes were consumed at the Fewston Farm Shop café stop before embarking on the second half of the ride taking in Fewston Reservoir en-route to Askwith. Striking out for Ilkley from Askwith, we enjoyed a rare treat – the road was closed to traffic while workmen repaired the surface for the Tour de Yorkshire but were allowing cyclists through. Cue several members racing a couple on a tandem! From Ilkley we headed towards Bolton Abbey via Nesfield at a spirited pace and then turned up Gated Road to return to Embsay and then Skipton. Interestingly Wendy and Di stopped talking as we reached the top of Gated Road and launched themselves off the front of the group at a pace that would have impressed Marcel Kittel. They proceeded to jointly record the women’s second fastest time this year on the one-mile Strava segment from the quarry to Embsay bend – motivated by the thought of cake at Bean Loved perhaps?

 

Overall it was a very enjoyable ride; the weather was decent (certainly by the standards of this spring) we had climbing challenges and fast sections and the enthusiasm of those taking part made it an enjoyable day.

 

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Ride Report 29th April

Chris G writes:

Sunday fast club ride to Wray.
6 set out with some enthusiastic riding helped with a tail wind. Nasty spill at a notorious blind junction before Wray Cafe stop. Bacon butties & Cake were essential medicine for our man down.
Return push via Clapham and Austwick with a final push back over Nappa. 77 miles at 16/17 average and glad on this occasion we all made it back.

 

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Ride Report 21st April 2018

We were blessed today with some of the best weather so far this year and it was reflected in the turnout of members at Chevin, all fit and raring to go! The featured ride was another extended distance with a route of 70 miles over the Cross of Greet from Slaidburn. It needs to be attempted on a decent day and today it was.

18 opted for this route and a further half dozen did the shorter one as far as Halton West. This group, led by Di, was joined by guest riders, Fiona and Paul. So keen was John, that he flew back from India just to get out on his bike in the sunshine and enjoy some good, fresh, northern air!

Chris setting the pace

The faster group, numbering 10, set off ahead picking up Kevan waiting at Gargrave. Making their way to the Riverbank Tearooms at Slaidburn, they arrived about 1130. Advance booking proved to be a wise call as the place was vey busy. The women in this group had apparently set a lively pace to this point!

The other group of 8 riders arrived about 30 mins later and had to join a queue out of the door to order their food. Strangely, just has Steve parked up his bike, the front wheel punctured with a loud hiss. With Rick’s help this was speedily repaired in time his consume eggs on toast! Service at the tearooms was good today despite the large numbers arriving for lunch.

The climb of Cross of Greet is in “100 Greatest Climbs” page 79,

So it has a bit of a reputation that means it must be tackled at some point in a cyclist’s life or there has to be a good reason why it hasn’t!

It”s like the climb over Buttertubs from the Hawes side with some sharp bits but generally not too demanding. [See this link for more info about the climb and some background : Cycling uphill 

Smiles of satisfaction

Edward was  “Cross” when he reached the top!

No fear of flying!

 

Although the view of the 3 Peaks and the Lakeland hills from the summit was obscured by haziness, there was a real sense of altitude gained and wide open space. After a catch up and a photo call we descended to Mewith Lane and the way back to Giggleswick Station and the A65. The descent from the top is fast and thankfully the tarmac isn’t too bad, adding to the fun!

With the temptation of a second cafe stop at Hazy Days in mind, we pressed onto Hellifield via Rathmell and Wigglesworth in good order. Water bottles and energy needed topping up, so we were more than a little disappointed to find that the cafe had shut at 3! However Karl came to the rescue with an invite to his place on the route back.

@ Karl and Wendy’s “cafe”

Coffee, tea and Haribos were on the menu and were gratefully consumed  fuelling the last few miles back home.

So a memorable day out with a sense of achievement and more than a few very happy cyclists.

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Ride Report 14th April 2018: 60 miler to Clapham

At last, the Saturday club rides enjoyed really good weather for this longer but very enjoyable route to Clapham devised by Cath and appreciated by all. There was a  sizeable gathering outside Chevin for the pre ride meeting of about 25.

The numbers were large enough to split into 2 groups for the longer route. The 30-40 milers were going as far as Wigglesworth and followed the same route until they turned back heading for Hellifield and a cafe stop at Hazy Days no doubt!

A minority of optimistic souls had opted for shorts and summer tops but although they didn’t admit to it they looked decidedly chilled despite the emerging sunshine! “Ne’er cast a clout until May is out” they say!

Rick didn’t miss an opportunity for posting LPD posters at each notice board we passed!

For change there were no mechanicals to slow down our progress and we arrived at Clapham tearooms before midday having made good time, riding well together and maintaining steady pace. The second group arrived shortly after: all in good spirits. Service in the tearooms was speedy and large amounts of beans, eggs and bacon was consumed.

It was a case of diminishing numbers on the return leg as firstly Nick opted for High Hill Lane out of Settle. (He’s getting in the miles for the Fred). Then we said goodbye to Kevin at Airton and Tara at Gargrave.

The post ride drinks at BL was upbeat after the day’s rewarding efforts and a  great day out!

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