Wednesday, September 28, 2016

AGM Date Amendment & a few forthcoming activities

The notice of AGM I posted recently gave the wrong date, it should have read Monday the 10th of October (not Monday the 11th) thanks to Phil Haigh for noticing this mistake.

Saturday 1st October - As part of Simon's build up to next years London-Edinburgh-London he's wanting to do at least one 200k ride a month over the winter months. We're going to kick off the series this coming Saturday with the Flat Earth Fortune's 200, a 200k ride round the Vale of York, starting and finishing in Brighouse. Meeting 8am outside Websters, adjacent to the Sainsbury's roundabout. The route can be viewed and uploaded from

Sunday 9th October - Season of Mists Audax or Calderdale MTB Challenge.

Sunday 30th October - National Hill Climb Champs, Matlock.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Weekend Roundup

Busiest Condor this past weekend was Chris Smith, pictured above at the first of his four hill climb events, the Rivington Pike climb on Saturday morning. Chris finished 7th overall on the climb, at least thats what the finish sheet says, but Chris is not so sure. He has reason to believe that the timekeeper completely missed him crossing the line and he was awarded his time of 8min 40.8secs only after a protest.

After a quick lunch of salmon and pasta Chris was back to more familiar ground at the Halifax Imps climb on Stocks Lane at Luddenden, a very well supported event where he had, not just numerous Imps to race against but also opposition from within our own ranks in the form of Gary Mitchell, seen above on his way to knocking over 20 seconds from his best time on the climb. Chris finished with a time of 6min 00.6secs for 15th overall whilst Gary was 27th with a time of 7.42.5.

On Sunday Chris went west, taking part in the Lancaster Road Club's double header. Kicking off with the well known Jubilee Tower climb at mid day Chris grabbed 7th overall with 8.35.6. Then a couple of hours later he faced the shorter but steeper climb of Conder Bottoms where he recorded 9th place with 2.21.7. Well done Chris !

Whilst Chris and Gary were sprinting up short hills Adrian Lord had taken on a very different challenge, the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross. Billed as 'the hardest 'Cross in the world', few would argue with that description. Adrian recorded a time of 4hr 54min 48secs to place 399th out of the 537 finishers in the race where finishing at all is a huge achievement. If you look at this blog Adrian, we'd like you to do a write up of your day - I know you're a 1st class blogger.

Whilst Phil Haigh continues his recovery from the recent accident he is spending his time either buying new bikes or travelling to bike shows. The below snap is taken on Sunday at the NEC Bike Show at Birmingham where he spotted himself and Neil King on a poster on the stage where Ned Boulting was interviewing Callum Skinner. The picture shows them on the Nick o' Pendle watching last years TOB.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Notice of AGM and whats happening this weekend.

Monday 11th October - We're having our AGM on Monday the 11th of October, 8pm at the Travelers, Hipperholme, all members to attend if possible.

Saturday 24th Sept - Its the Imps Hill Climb up Stocks Lane at Luddenden, 1st man off at 1pm. Our own climbing specialist Chris Smith is off number 31, this year he has competition from within the Condor in the form of Gary Mitchell, last man off at number 43. Presentations will take place afterwards at the Lord Nelson.

Sunday 25th Sept - Its the 3 Peaks Cyclo X, I've arranged to meet Simon at 8am at Denholme Gate, so we'll be at the Skipton Road Roundabout, Keighley 8.30. This will give us plenty of time to get to Cold Cotes in time to see the leaders hit the road after Ingleborough. From Cold Cotes we'll ride the course to Ingleton and Chapel-le-Dale then up to Ribblehead to see the leaders come off Whernside. Then its down to Horton and Helwith Bridge for lunch at the finish line.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sunday 18th Sept. West Marton

All welcome to meet at Keighley roundabout 09.00 for a "steady potter" to West Marton with Ian and myself.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Weekend Roundup & Mountain Bike for sale

Bad weekend for the recently crowned TLI National Road Race Champion (over 70's), John Ginley who was brought down in a crash on the first day of the Audlem CC 2 day 3 stage road race in south Cheshire. Thankfully it resulted in cuts and bruises rather than broken bones but it forced him to retire and spend the rest of his weekend repairing his bike. 

Gary Mitchell and John Lumb the 2nd had a good day on Sunday taking part in the Ravensthorpe CC 120 mile Sutton Bank ride staying with the fast group of this popular ride which is held to raise funding for the Kirklees Cycling Acadamy. I understand Simon was also there but as KCA Coach dedicated himself to shepherding the youngsters.

Oakworth Steve and his mate Andy Myers managed to get more for their money than the rest of us when they strayed off course in the Evans Cycles King of the Pennines Sportive from Skipton College on Sunday, adding some extra miles to what was already a challenging route taking in some classic Dales climbs including Malham Cove, Darnbrook, Fleet Moss and Park Rash. I was happy with my ride in this event finishing 8th fastest out of the 100 or so on the long route according to the results (although several of those ahead of me hadn't stuck to the official route).

Mountain Bike For Sale

Specialized Rockhopper, 26" wheels with new tyres, XT gears, good condition £250.
Contact Steve Stanger on 07587 176418