Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sunday 28th Sept

The mountain bike section (Garry Traviss and me so far) are meeting at the Calder & Hebble junction at 9am Sunday We're planning to ride out to Holmfirth to recce' the Holme Valley MTB Challenge route.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Brian Wins Vets National 25

Congratulations to Brian who on Sunday overcame the previous weeks disappointment at 'only' taking silver in the VTTA National 50 by conquering all before him in the National 25. Below pic. and report copied from the VTTA Facebook page.   
The last of the Association’s Championships took place on a course near Alcester in Warwickshire on the 21 August.
It was promoted ostensibly by the National Committee but its success was down wholly to the work of the Midlands Group under the guiding hand of ex-president Alan Colburn.
Brian Sunter was a clear winner on a windy morning although the threatened rain did not materialise. Brian, a previous champion at 30 miles 100 miles and 50 miles (six times) was delighted to record a gold medal at this popular distance.
David Hargreaves from North Lancashire proved the trip was worthwhile with second, whilst local rider, Philip Brown, took the bronze.
Liz Powell, also a local, was a clear winner from the women with Alison Vessey, a medal winner in every Championship this year, gaining another silver medal. Sarah Soden, from Nottingham was third.
The team prize went to the Yorkshire trio of Brian Sunter, Blair Buss and Tony Stott.

Whilst Brian has been chasing national honors Chris Smith has been riding more local roads taking 3rd place in the Malcolm Eccles Memorial 2 stage TT. Well done Chris, no wonder you dropped me up Park Rash last Sunday (although I'm sure I would have beaten you to the top if I had one of those helmets). Thanks to Jessica Talbot for the photos from the event.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Updates & forthcoming events & MTB for sale

Glad to report that Phil has been plated and screwed and kicked out of LGI on Thursday. He may be bloodied but sounds unbowed, he even called in at Evans on his way home from hospital and bought a new bike. I think it may be a while before we see him tucking into a plate of chips on a Wednesday lunch stop but he was beginning to get too fit anyway. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

I think everyone enjoyed our trip to Wensleydale last Sunday, thanks to Ian for the above pic. taken outside our lunch spot. Can I suggest that we meet at the same times this coming Sunday, 8am Denholmgate, 8.30 Skipton Road roundabout, Keighley for another trip up into the Dales. I'm suggesting Coverdale, Jervaulx and Nidderdale but this can be amended dependent on the weather.

Veterans TTA National 50 mile Championships.
Brian took 2nd place on the podium at last Sundays Vets 50 Champs in Hampshire. Whilst we are all in awe of his achievements Brian himself was disappointed not to retain the trophy he had won for the previous 4 years.

A few imminent local events -

Saturday 27th August - The Old 240 Audax, 5.30am Mytholmroyd, a scenic 260 mile challenge organised by Chris Crossland and his CTC Calderdale team. Gary Mitchell is keen to ride, so am I dependent on the weather. Chris Smith may also be joining the fun.

Sunday 4th September - I've entered the Evans King of the Pennines sportive, a superb route and 1st class organisation from Skipton College. Unfortunately, and I did'nt know at the time I entered the Evans event it clashes with the Ravensthorpe 120 miler to Sutton Bank, a really good day thats very well supported by many local clubs. On top of that its also the Mary Townley Loop Challenge. A case of all the buses coming at once.

Sunday 11th September - Holme Valley MTB Challenge.

Sunday 18th September - Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge, Oxenhope.

Whyte 629 MTB for sale, excellent condition, 2 x 10 Sram gearing, lock out forks, 29" wheels, never crashed, immaculate, bargan at £450. email or contact me on 07549821349

Monday, August 15, 2016

News Update

Still waiting for news as to how Brian fared in his defense of the Vets National 50 mile TT Champs.

Unfortunately I have to report some bad news, our club mate Phil Haigh (pictured above shaking hands with Paul) was knocked off his bike yesterday on his way home from work. He was descending Godley Cutting when a taxi pulled across his path. He required surgery for injuries including broken elbow and hand, dislocated shoulder, 2 x chipped vertebrae, bruised and swollen forehead and other bruising and grazing and is currently detained at LGI. I know I speak for all his cycling mates when I wish him a speedy recovery.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday 14th August

Best wishes for Brian who defends his Veterans National 50 mile time trial title in Hampshire on Sunday.

For those not otherwise engaged, the club run takes us to Wensleydale this Sunday. Meet at Denholme Gate 8am or Skipton Road roundabout, Keighley 8.30. Straight up Wharfedale, Langstrothdale, Fleet Moss, lunch at Bainbridge, Thornton Rust, Bishopdale, Kidstones and back down Wharfedale. A great days ride in the offing - don't miss it - should be home by 3 ish,

Friday, August 05, 2016

Sunday 7th August

Good luck to Peter and Paul and any other disciples joining them for Saturdays challenge.

Anyone fancying a ride of less biblical proportions is welcome to meet 09.00 at Keighley roundabout on Sunday for a ride to Feizor.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Whats Happening

Friday 5th August - Mountain bike morning, meeting Causeway Foot 9.30am for Thornton Moor, Stairs & Hardcastle Craggs.

Saturday 6th August - Fancy a challenge ? Paul and I are having a bash at doing the West Yorkshire Cycle Route in a day. The .GPX file states 158 miles; it doesn't mention the climbing but I don't think its flat. We're meeting up at King Cross at 6.15am to join the route at Mytholmroyd for a clockwise circuit. I've told Paul we're doing it in steady touring mode - I may have to keep  reminding him.

Sunday 7th August - Think I may be staying in bed all day so I'm relying on someone else posting a ride.