Xmas club ride 23rd Dec 2017

Caran Stephenson writes:

A massive turn out for this year’s festive ride, with about 40 riders arriving at Chevin Cycles. There were Santa hats, Christmas jumpers, a few elves, a fairy and a Christmas pudding too! The ‘Big Elf’ turned up with a few extra supplies for those who thought they’d escape the dressing up!

Everyone was in a great mood and the weather was especially kind, considering the previous week’s weather, so off we went!

Splitting into several smaller groups, we made our way up Grassington Road towards Linton, lots of friendly waves and horn tooting on our way too. From Linton to Grassington and following the Grass Woods Road to Conistone and Kettlewell.

Zarina was well prepared for us, even though the café was overflowing! The ‘emergency chairs’ made an appearance and it was a pretty tight squeeze, some of the early arrivals had to give up their seats after their food so that the later ones could sit down. A couple of late arrivals, Roy and just as we were leaving, Simon T, pushed the numbers up even further. Zarina and her team did a great job feeding us all whilst shimmying between the crowded tables and emergency chairs

After that, we set off along the back road again to Conistone then diverted to the Tennants Arms at Kilnsey for a refreshments and a warm by the log fire, then off we went again.

Our next stop was in Threshfield, the Old Hall, where we practically took over the pub, then we set off again to our final call at the Devonshire Arms at Cracoe, for a nice cup of tea or something.

Throughout the day there was banter and good cheer, for some riders it was their first Christmas ride, I think they really enjoyed it as much as all the regulars!

It’s always good to see members turning out for this ride, not sure we’d find a café for that number each Saturday but you never know!

Winter 2017-18: looking ahead

There has been a brief absence of ride reports posted since the weather turned colder, wetter and windier and that’s not because Skipton CC members haven’t been out. Normal service has now been resumed so look out for regular write ups of what we have been doing and check out what is planned in our Events posts on Facebook. Of course there is much more of the winter left which may have an impact on activity. Apart from the few occasions that snow and icy conditions made cycling too risky, club rides continued on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays albeit with smaller numbers involved. Although last weekend (13th and 14th Jan) enthusiasm for getting out saw 20 riders on the Saturday club rides. Thoughts are turning to the kinder weather that lies ahead and recalling what it feels like to get out in shorts rather than bib longs, thermal layers and all manner of jackets and capes allied with the perennial problems of keeping feet and hands from freezing. We are looking forward to running the 5th Le Petit Depart in June and individuals are beginning to identify which sportives they might challenge themselves to do in 2018.

Wednesday evening ride report 10th January 2018

Chris Gibbons writes:

Opening Wednesday night training for 2018 ridden by 6 of us at a keen 17mph pace. Perfect conditions on the favourite 24 mile Burnsall loop with a chaingang rotation back from the quarry. The usual sprint up to Craven Heifer saw some good watts being pumped out.

Sunday 14th Jan 2018 Sunday A Ride report

Chris Gibbons writes:
Over the big hill to Hebden Bridge and a nice warm Cafe stop
Cold ride but dry roads for the 3 of us out.
A few extra miles to tick off the first 100k of the year
Simon on his gravel bike headed off through Hardcastle Craggs on return trip = 1 bike that’ll need a wash!
NB. Out every Sunday at 9.00 from Dave Ferguson’s for those wanting a good paced ride @ 15/16 mph. Look in the Events for route.

 

Ride Report 13th January 2018

Despite the cold, dull and overcast weather there was a good turnout for the club rides today. 20 on the 50 miler and 4 on the shorter route. The longer route took us over the high ground from Airton to Settle via Scotsthrop Lane with the usual trepidation in passing the Highland cattle that seem to thrive up there. The fast descent of High Hill Lane delivered us to the Market Sq. in Settle where we regrouped before setting of for the cafe stop at the Knight’s Table in Stainforth. This is always a popular stop for us and plates full of beans , bacon and eggs were devoured before embarking on the return leg. The large group had split into 2 during the ride over the tops to minimise waiting time at regroups on the cold hilltop for those who’d managed to get there more speedily than the others. So we set off again in the same way.: 2 groups of riders.  As the second group travelled down Long Bank Lane near Halton West we had one of those incidents that spoils the enjoyment of cycling around these parts. A 4 x 4 driver sped towards us at an alarming speed on a very narrow stretch of road giving no space to manoeuvre except onto the verge. In fact, so close was the pass that he dragged one of the group along by the handlebars a short distance. A heated confrontation followed with the furious man, who clearly was incensed at being brought to a halt by us. After a few minutes of further “exchanges” he drove off and a decision was made to call the Police as we regarded this as a road traffic accident because of the collision and damage to a bike. Happily no injuries were caused but the Police dealt with the matter very sympathetically and the PC disclosed that he was a member of Pendle Forest CC. We await the outcome of his enquiries. On our return to Skipton and the usual post ride coffee in Bean Loved we learned that the other half of the group had also had a near miss with another vehicle near Swinden Hall.

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Ride report for 11th November 2017

This ride was lead by Rik Boon. This is one of the most popular routes that the club does as it covers the best parts of the nearby Dales. The weather was kind  to us; the sun shone highlighting the late autumn oranges and  browns on the hillsides and of the fallen leaves. We stopped for a few minutes of remembrance at 11.00 near Burnsall. The route travels the length of Wharfedale from Bolton Abbey to Arncliffe in Littondale and then to Buckden Triangle as far as Hubberholme. It was to Zarina’s in Kettlewell that we then sped to enjoy a cafe stop with lots of Aga eggs consumed along with overflowing plates of beans on toast for some. Along the Kilnsey road to Linton we travelled. Then from the quarry to town we kept an inclusive pace (18+mph) using an inside line chain change-over until the sprint down the hill to the High Street.

All smiles at Arncliffe

 

Simon’s face tells the story!

A significant milestone was achieved by Simon on this ride.  He reached a 1000 miles of cycling for the year as he continues his recovery from last year’s setbacks. Everyone witnessed his joy and enthusiasm for his cycling!

More of the same please will make the winter tolerable.

 

 

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Ride report Saturday Club Ride to Keasden Knotts

Jonathan White writes:

A longer Saturday social ride this week with a tough climb which everyone did with smiles and banter (once at the top 😀). All enjoyed the long downhill to the great cafe stop at The Old Reading Rooms, Clapham. It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the open fire there. We were accompanied by blue skies and a gentle breeze all the way back. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Kevan at Settle due to an injury picked up from last week’s very windy ride. The rest of us all stayed together and got back before it got too dark. Thank you all for making it an enjoyable ride.

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Oct 21st Saturday club 50 miler

  • Rick Small writes:
    Apparently everyone survived the effect of Brian or Bryan (not sure which) on today’s weather. Many opted for the 30/35 mile route – different to the one planned,see Steve Wilkinson’s Report. Five of us followed the 50 mile route over Waddington Fell where conditions weren’t too bad,just rather gusty. Excellent cafe stop in Waddington , most people on – guess what,beans on toast! No great surprise that it was going to rain on the way back. Great for myself to get the waterproof out after 11 days of sun in Mallorca (got the dust washed off!) We all kept together,most of the time and had a fine ride.Cheers – Rick.(as dictated to and typed by his secretary CR)
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Ride Report 21st Oct, short club ride

With Storm Brian threatening to blow a gale, seven chose the shorter route and an earlier finish today rather than suffer the hostile elements of the longer route over Waddington Fell with the SW headwind and rain. So Rick Small set off with an intrepid  4 to tackle the 50 miler. The shorter route was revised at Barnoldswick to keep off the high ground over Brogden Lane opting for the smooth and sheltered tarmac of the lane through Horten to Newsholme where we were joined the 50 milers making their way along the advertised route.  Then we amended the route direction again after Paythorne Bridge and Halton West as we didn’t want to turn for home just yet. The rain had kept away and so we went on to Hellifield, Otterburn and Bell Busk where Grahame punctured. A repair was effected speedily on his front tyre and then we made our way to Winterburn and Hetton . The usual “dash”down Grassington road was reduced somewhat by the strenghtening headwind making a refuelling stop at Bean Loved an absolute must. Good to see Alistair out with us and Simon  getting in the miles and enjoying his Saturday rides again. The rain came down as we departed Bean Loved making it a wet ride home for those not Skipton based.

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Sunday ride 15th October

Chris Gibbons writes:
A bit of a hill fest this week with 1000ft every 10 miles. 64 miles. Is winter cancelled, felt like an early Summer ride, shorts, 18 degrees, sitting outside for coffee in Ripon!
7 rider strong at beginning with hills & time constraints causing an agreed split of the pack as ride continued.
Nidderdale and beyond always delivers on a good leg work out. I enjoyed it, feed back on ride welcomed, keep it clean though!