Monday, May 31, 2010

Weds 2 June - Skipton and Back

Ride Report: It was a very pleasant sunny evening for the 40 odd riders that assembled at the start (sorry, I think that should have been "40-odd" ...; no, hang on, maybe I was right the first time). Anyway, this bunch included a small smattering of blue Condors among the yellow jerseys of the Imps, VS, CTC and other friends.

The steady start through Denholme and down into Keighley gradually wound up (and up, and up) until we were flying along the Skipton Road with Chris Thompson doing most of the work into the breeze while I and a dozen or so others hung on behind. The turn put the wind behind us and the pace went up again as the Smiths, Sean and Niall, took turns with Chris.

After the hospital I was amazed to still be in touch and feeling good, so it seemed a good idea at the time to help out. Well I tried ... and then I blew. Straight from my turn on the front to out the back just in a few metres. The lights in Keighley saved me ( a patented "make the lights stay at red for ages" zapper in my pocket saw to it that the front group would wait until I was back on) . The big guns then pulled away up Ingrow as expected while Daniel Shaw, Everard and myself took it in turns to drop each other until we saw sense and settled into our own chasing group by Tip Top. I was slightly surprised to see a waving flag at the finish, but it turned out to be an Imps rider pulling a kiddie-trailer. It was a struggle, but just about I got past him in the sprint for the line ...

Thanks to the Imps & CTC for organising this joint outing. We must do it again next year.


Jointly promoted by CTC Calderdale & Halifax Imperial Wheelers

The Start Point: - Whitaker & Co, Denholme Gate, ride via Crosshills (DO NOT GO THE LEVEL CROSSING WAY) to the Bay Horse Roundabout where re-trace the route again you go via Crosshills & not the level crossing back beyond Whitakers where you veer left to -

The Finish Point: - at the Keelham Bank Farm Shop.

£3.00 entry fee to include Pie & Pea Supper at The Pineberry, Queensbury. Supper will be served to you on presentation of your Numbered Ticket (given on entry).

Meet at 6.45pm for 7pm start

30 May - Spring Bank

Just so you don't think that there aren't any Condors riding bikes here is what 've heard recently:

1. The Etape du Dales was "hard".

2. Melv rode to Dalbeattie in Scotland last weekend. Just because he could.

3. Its been very quiet on Wednesday nights with just a couple of riders each time, though apparently last week the two of us went up Cragg just behind Damian & the VS Cycles brigade and just in front of Emma from Hebden Bridge, so maybe all that's needed is a bit more coordination.

4. This Saturday the hard men rode a long audax from Richmond. If you want your name on the trophy then you'd better start logging some serious miles. Mind you there has even been a suggestion that our audax cup should be for average mph rather than miles in total - or is Melv getting mixed up with the BAR?

5. There was no ride posted on the blog so I went out on mtb with Robin this Sunday. We explored the delights of Todmorden Moor (after Studeley Pike & the rock garden) crossing the road at Portsmouth and then doing Upper Gorple, Walshaw Dean, Crimsworth Dean, top of stairs & water channel to finish downhill to home for once. The first two hours went really well - if mostly uphill and into a stiff westerly. The three hours after that I began to flag just a little. Arrived home as an empty husk. Revived later by Timothy Taylor.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Condor Hilly TT - 9 June 2010

CANCELLED - due to roadworks. Sorry chaps.
If you want to ride the club hilly TT its on 9 June. Ring Brian for entry details on Hx 376 136. There is club silverware at stake for the fastest Condor. Even Ian won the trophy a couple of years ago. Mind you he was also the slowest Condor that year as well - down to being the only club member to take part.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

22 May - Condor (off-) Road Club

For want of a better suggestion its the Orange again for me tomorrow starting 9am from mine. In shorts and short sleeves -woo hoo. Must remember the suncream ...
Ride report - hot and steady. 28 degrees as we left home. Up over Withens and along the drainage channel to top of Stairs Lane with a pleasant westerly keeping us cool. We caught up with some keen chaps but Nige insisted we let them go on the climb to poo barn. Walshaw and then Upper Gorple including a great singletrack diversion that was new to me (is this the famous "Burnley Bumps"?) . Short hop along the road. Duke's cut and into Heptonstall for a stop at the superb Towngate Tearooms.
Blue pig descent, bit of a walk up to Pecket Well and then more dry singletrack across Warley Moor. Down into Luddenden's happy valley where slight boggy patch grabbed my front wheel and I was over the bars (again), but fortunately had a very soft landing in said bog.
Home dirty & happy - can't wait for next time. Ian

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Well?? - what happened?

I'm still eagerly waiting for a blog report of our alternative Fred Whitton ride last week. And I'd be delighted to get a blow by blow account of the duel in the Dales Etape.
C'mon chaps - get typing. Either that or I'm hoping to keep you talking all the way up Cragg Vale ...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Summer MTB Challenge for Overgate Hospice

I've been emailed details of the Summer Mountain Bike Challenge for Overgate Hospice.

It's on June 20th from 9am at Elland Recreation Ground, Hullen Edge Road, Elland, HX5 0QY
A personal challenge over 23 miles of testing terrain around some of Calderdale’s best bridleways and tracks. Elland - Greetland - Copley - Norland - Barkisland - Krumlin - Scammonden - Sowood - Stainland - Lindley Moor - Elland
£12 per person or £15 on the day - contact Laura Ramsden, Overgate Hospice, 30 Hullen Edge Rd, Elland, HX5 0QY - or ask Ian for an entry form.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Tuesday 11th May message for Pete Horne


You mentioned a "Fred Whitton" ride this Tuesday starting at Staveley. Is this still on? If so could you post the details - starting time and starting location. I'll try to contact you tomorrow but I don't seem to have your 'phone number.

You could try and contact me tomorrow evening on 01484 602288 after 7 if you prefer (mobile currently out of action)

Many thanks


Saturday, May 08, 2010

Sunday 9 May - MTB again!

Hi chaps it feels more like March than May but I suppose we should still make the effort.
Good luck to Pete on the Audax from Richmond, and anyone else who is on for the long miles.
Robin has demanded mountain bikes again. Apologies. 08:30 at Robin's. Ring me if you need directions. The route is open for discussion but let's see if we can get this wind behind us all day.
Ride report - mostly for my record because it was a great route. Mytholmroyd, Spencer Lane, Studley Pike, rock garden, Warland reservoir (Melv put the hammer down now that we were on a flat track), cross at The White House & through the "badlands" to Pennine Way bridge over the M62, descent round & down under mway to Hollingworth Lake (and we got here all off road!) . Quick road section to the canal bank the past Summit locks to Tea wagon (at last). Right over canal bridge up Deanroyd Lane onto steep climb (part of Mary Towneley loop) . Walk and & admire the view. Lumbutts Rd to Mankinholes. London Road again. Descent to Hebden Bridge including the little underpass (be careful here on this slightly technical descent - or else be a better rider than I am. Never mind only my pride was hurt). Sustrans back to Lud Foot & Goitside track up from Ludd to home.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Sun 2 May - mtb nine at mine

The suggestion for this Sunday is to get the mountain bikes out again. So far its Nige, Steve & myself starting from my house in Wainstalls from 9am. Route to be decided but Copley and the Deer Park have been mentioned. Ian.
Ride Report - Withens, Ogden, Back Lane, Manywells Brow (past the tip - we get to all the best places, you know), pick up signs for "Calder-Aire Link", through the woods, Wilsden Old Lane, Narrow Lane, R&L onto climb to St Ives (cafe!), "Altar Lane", L&R across sandy moorland onto Bingley Rd to Crosshills, Haworth, out to Stairs Lane (& some walking for me) , drainage channel to Fly Flats & 2nd drainage channel to finish off Warley Moor.