Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ride-out Lunch & Presentation

As decided at the AGM we are again having a ride-out lunch and presentation at the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale. Sandy kindly took on the responsibility of sorting the finer details and it's booked for 1pm on Sunday the 14th of February. As quite a few were not totally happy with the buffet we had last year we've plumped for a traditional Sunday lunch, roast beef etc. and a choice of sweets. Cost is £12.50. It was a good 'do' enjoyed by all last year so we're expecting it to be as well supported again.
Please contact me on or on 07549821349 to book your place.

Chris and I had a super day last Sunday riding the Mere 200 Audax, so much so that we've committed ourselves to the Straight on at Rosie's 200 on Saturday 6th Feb (details on AUK website), entries on the day are being accepted.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sunday Run - 24 Jan

Thanks Pete for the write-up. Enjoy your 'mere' 200k on Sunday.

Meanwhile I suggest 09:30 in Keighley for Airton Cafe. We have plenty of route options there and back depending on how we feel.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Few Updates

When I looked outside on Sunday morning there were several inches of snow on the ground and a hard packed icy surface on the road. Simon contacted me to give his apologies saying he dare not risk his recently repaired shoulder in these conditions. I was in two minds myself but I knew that Chris would be battling his way up the Valley from Tod so I dragged my heavyweight Croix de Fer out of the garage to meet him in Brighouse.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the roads were clear and well gritted and I was even more surprised when there were 6 of us assembling in Brighouse, Ian, Chris, Pete Whitely, Richard, Martin Gargett and myself, for the proposed ride out into the flatlands to the east. We had intended taking refreshments at Selby but as Ian was on his 3rd new inner tube before we got to Castleford and Pete was having to reinflate his rear tyre at regular intervals, we modified our ambitions and aimed for Fairburn and Squires Café at Sherburn. A good decision as we all enjoyed the lunch hour spent there and it gave Richard chance to get some blood circulating into his feet once again after we had ridden through icy flooding on the (officially closed) Fairburn Ings road.

After lunch we came home via Lotherton Hall and Aberford, making an unintended diversion to Harehills before 'playing it by ear' navigating the outskirts of Leeds to find Harrogate Road and the welcome lanes round Eccup Reservoir to Bramhope, Esholt and a skirt round Bradford for what had turned out to be a very enjoyable days cycling at a much more relaxed pace than the previous few weeks.

On Monday evening our AGM was held at the Travellers, Hipperholme. I'm not going to put the minutes on here now but it was a successful get-together with 15 members being in attendance. It was decided that, as last year we would have our Annual Presentation in the form of a ride-out Sunday lunch. Sandy volunteered to explore the possibility of holding the event at the Robin Hood at Cragg Vale again and details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Early Season Reliability Rides & Audax's

This coming Sunday the 24th, Chris and I are riding the Mere 200 Audax from Cheadle, entries are closed now and no entries are being accepted on the day.

On Saturday the 30th Jan. Grimpy and myself have entered the Evans Cycles MTB Challenge from Wardle High School near Littleborough. Entries are still open for this event and entries on the day are being accepted.

Saturday 20th February - North West Passage Audax - see AUK website

Sunday 21st February - 3RT Reliability Ride, 60 miles from Ritz in Brighouse 9.30 start, finish Clough House, Rastrick, £3 to enter, food at finish.

Sunday 28th February - Imps Reliability Ride, another JK special from the Ritz - further details to follow.

Saturday 5th March - Evans Cycles Leeds MTB Challenge, Harewood House.

Sunday 10th April - Spoilt for choice, Spring into the Dales and Ronde van Caderdale

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sunday 17th Jan

Only Condors who turned up for last Sundays ride were Chris and myself. We were joined by 2 more Smith's, Sean and Niall and café racers Mark Mitchell and Adrian Jones. I'd endured rain and snow on my journey to Keighley so it was only right that we had floods, a head wind and hail storm on the road from Bank Newton over towards Halton West. Mark, Adrian & Niall left us and headed towards Hellifield as we continued westwards for our planned lunch stop at Waddington.
The weather had brightened up considerably after lunch and we completed the loop home via Whalley and Padiham, Chris and Sean turning off for the Long Causeway after Burnley by-pass whilst I went for the easier option of Tod and the Calder Valley.

This Sunday, on the suggestion of Chris, we are heading in a different direction, east, meeting by Sainsbury's roundabout in Brighouse at 9am for Selby and Wetherby.

AGM - Just a reminder for anyone who may have forgotten the AGM will be held 8.30pm at the Travellers, Hipperholme on Monday the 18th.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Notice of AGM, rides updates and Sunday the 10th

It's that time of year again when we have to have an Annual General Meeting. PG is working hard on the accounts and the decision has been made, 8.30pm Monday the 18th of January at The Travellers, Hipperholme.
Please let me know if you have a topic you wish to discuss and I will add it to the agenda. The racing secretary (I'm not too sure if that's JD or Grimpy) needs claims for trophy's - if you've been road racing, time trialling, MTB/Cyclo Xing or riding Audax's/Sportive's you qualify for the trophy's. 
We also need to decide about this years presentation. Please pass the word round and make every effort to attend.

Its been a mild but wet start to 2016 but the New Years Day ride over the Isle of Skye was ridden in better conditions than the previous few years. Steve, Chris and I were joined in Brighouse by Hoppy
from the Imps and numerous 3RT's. At Holmfirth the Condors & Imp decided to get over to Greenfield ahead of the formidable looking 3RT and thereby avoid celebrating the new year in serious oxygen debt (apologies to Garry and Ian who, unknown to us, were waiting for us to join them in Sids Café). There was a good turn out at The Works in Sowerby Bridge where Mr Gower was waiting to pounce, successfully extracting 2016 subs from anyone showing any weakness.

On Sunday we had the traditional ride up Wharfedale to turn  around the Buckden Triangle and head south again having lunch at The Old Schoolhouse at Hebden. I met Ian, Pete Whiteley and Sean and Niall Smith at Denholmgate from where we made our way to Keighley and picked up Chris and were caught up by Martin Gargett who'd got to Denholmegate a few minutes late.
A helping breeze assisted us to maintain a respectable pace as we travelled north through Skipton and Threshfield and past Kilnsey Cragg. Unfortunately for Niall, 3 years away at Uni. and a year or so sunbathing in the antipodes caught up with him by Kettlewell and his father volunteered to take him to Zarina's in an effort to revive him (Zarina's was closed so he had a gel instead and they rejoined us on our return journey).
From Kettlewell we took the back road down to Grassington and on to the café at Hebden where we commandeered several tables, in vain reserving 2 extra seats for Sean and Niall, who I think we lost round the Grass Woods area - hope you got home okay.
After spending too long drinking tea and chatting we set off on the home leg into driving rain with a bad case of café-legs. Down to Appletreewick and Cav. Pav. we were reasonably sheltered and Cringles was passing underwheel without too much pain until Ian slipped on a tempary traffic light cable, both he and Martin hitting the deck.
The rain was getting harder and the head wind stronger. Both Ian and Martin appeared to have recovered from their trauma as we battled on towards Keighley but all of a sudden Martin blew. I was sat on his wheel at the time and witnessed the dramatic loss of power together with a plea to be left to suffer alone.
We respected his request and I tucked in at the back as we hit Ingrow. Chris was at the front and obviously holding himself back, I was hanging on by the skin of my teeth as I suspect was Ian, but Pete was looking far too comfortable for one claiming to be in the first stages 'trying to get fit again'.

 The plan is to meet 9am Denholmegate/9.30 Keighley this coming Sunday, the 10th, and unless someone has a better idea heading out in the direction of Waddington.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Sunday 3rd January

Meet 9am Denholmgate / 9.30 Keighley for Buckden Triangle.
2016 subs due - £6.00