Thursday, June 28, 2007


A good picture of Mick Collins shortly before he was caught on the last lap at the Brighouse Town Centre races last Tuesday (pic. from BC website). Note the map holder left attached to his bars after the 3 Coasts 600 Audax. Just proves that all that beer at the Catty must be good for you. Mick attacked with 4 laps to go - if he'd waited another lap he may have won the £200 first prize.

As Ian mentions, last Saturdays Rumble was a tough course but its only as hard as you make it. The photo's are approaching the summit of Blakey Bank, a climb that has been used for the National Hill Climb Champs. There was a really long descent following that climb along Blakey Ridge and down to Castleton and then east down Eskdale. Then a loop over the moors took us to Rosedale and the 2nd 'Hors' category climb up Rosedale Chimney ( 1 in 3 and another former National Hill Climb Champs climb). Following the Chimney it was down to a feed station at Hutton-le-Hole. Some big gear work followed as the course headed south and into the Howardian Hills around Castle Howard. The third feed was at Ampleforth School. Only 20 miles to go from Ampleforth but they were not easy miles. Another Hors' cat climb up White Horse Bank to bring us out at the top of Sutton Bank and I was expecting a steady run in for the last 10 miles or so but with only three or four miles to go to the finish we were turned left to visit Rievaulx Abbey and the steep climb from Rievaulx to the main road - I was beginning to lose my sense of humour and I know Melvyn felt the same. As mentioned by Ian, Melvyn recorded the third fastest time, what Ian did'nt know was that if Mel had'nt soft peddeled riding with me for the first 20+ miles he would without doubt have recorded the fastest time of the day. I was quite happy with 18th overall and 1st over 50. A very good route, everything well organised and a lovely change of scenery - put it in your diary for next year ( its going to be in August in '08).


Sunday 8th July - Brimham Rocks 200k Audax, one of the CTC West Yorkshire Series, a nice steady ride with checks at cafe's at Knaresbourough, Howstean & Otley.

Sunday 5th August - Pendle Pedal Sportive - did this last year, its a really good route and well organised.

IMPORTANT!!!!!! Entry forms for the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross go live on the web on Sunday the 1st of July - you must enter early to avoid disappointment.
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26 June - Brighouse Criterium

It was a good night and very enjoyable to watch from the sidelines. There were quite a few local riders to cheer on, including Daniel Shaw (Hx Imps), John Dogherty and Paul Dixon (VS Cycles) and of course our ex-member Andy Marshall (VS Cycles). Photos from the British Cycling website

Start of the Elite race

The lead group. Tom Barras is third wheel and went on to win the sprint finish.
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23 June - Rydale Rumble

Peter and Melvyn both had a fine ride in the Rydale Rumble on Saturday 23 June. The detailed results show Melv finishing in third place just five minutes outside the top time. Peter took the steadier option but wasn't far behind at the finish in 18th place. The only comment I've heard from them was that it was "hard".
Thanks to for the sample photos. They have big versions available to buy there for this and several other rides.