Monday, October 31, 2016

Weekend Updates

Congratulations to Paul Daly who on Saturday was flying the Condor Road Club colours at the main race at the Arc Adventure K2 Road Cycling Classic in New Zealand. Its a hilly 192km course which had attracted almost 600 riders. Paul proved once again that he is the man to beat in his age category defending his 2015 title with another 1st place in the 'Vintage' category. Congratulations Paul from all your Condor team mates - now get back here and push PG up them hills (although Nigel & Ian weren't doing a bad job last week).

Whilst Paul was giving out some pain in NZ our home based star rider, Chris Smith was flying the colours nearer home, in the 2016 National Hill Climb Championship up Bank Road in Matlock (thanks to Tom Brabbin for the pic.). Chris finished the steep climb in 3.10.3, about 50 seconds down on the outstanding winner Adam Kenway. Chris tells me he was totally spent at the end and if it hadn't been for the finish line catchers he would have collapsed in a heap. Chapeau to Chris; I just hope he remembers to slow down for the social season.

Simon and I had a superb day out on Saturday riding the Peculiar Old 200 km Audax from Darlington. Above pic is at the Theakston's brewery at Masham, about 130 k into the ride. We enjoyed many new roads (to us) in Co.Durham north of Teesdale with great views and good weather.

Also racing on Sunday, making his 2016 season cyclo-cross debut was John Ginley, I must assume that he had recovered okay from his MTB crash the previous Tuesday, winning his age class and at 74 finishing 72nd out of 150 finishers in the over 45's race.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Coffee in Barley

This Sunday you'd be welcome to join Nigel & myself on a potter over the Herders to the cabin cafe at Barley for a butty and a coffee (its worth the trip just to hear them saying 'Ameri-car-no' in a Lancashire accent).
Meet in OXENHOPE at the Y junction just above The Bay Horse pub (where we turn for Stanbury) at 9:30 am in new money. Based on past experience I'm not expecting anyone to come along so if you are interested then please say so - e.g. by a comment here or on Strava - and we'll then know to wait for you.
Cheers, Ian

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This coming weekend

Big day for Chris this coming Sunday with the National Hill Climb Championship on Bank Road in Matlock, Derbyshire. Chris is off number 95 in a field of  240 riders, his start time being 12.47.30pm. Judging from the picture below (taken at a recent climb by Ellen Isherwood) which Chris has titled 'Empty your mind.........then empty your legs', he's in good form and we all wish him a trouble free ride.

Also racing on Sunday is Grimpy, in his 1st Cyclo X of the winter season at Thorns Park, Wakefield. This is the start of his build up to the World Championships in Moll, Belgium in December (which is unfortunate for John as, if the Worlds had been, as usual, in January he would have stepped up an age category). Best wishes go to John who's been suffering with his breathing on todays vets run following a fall whilst out mountain biking yesterday.

Simon and I are riding the Peculiar Old 200k Audax this coming Saturday (entries still open on the AUK website) so I'm relying on someone else to arrange a Sunday Club Run.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wednesday Club Christmas Dinner

The Wednesday Club Christmas Dinner is booked for 1pm the 21st of December, once again at the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale. I will be taking bookings and £5 deposit from November.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Club Run Sunday 23rd Oct

Meet Denholme Gate 9am or Keighley (Skipton Road Roundabout) 9.30 for Feizor, possibly home over Bowland Knotts depending on weather.

Monday, October 17, 2016

All the news and updates are here.

Whilst most of us are embracing the social season Grimpy and Padiham Chris are still hard at it at the sharp end of the sport. Grimpy is pictured above (thanks to Lewis Clegg) being pushed off by Dave Saleem in yesterdays Imps Buckstones time trial. He was the only Condor in the 10 strong start list to brave the lousy weather (see link to Imps Blog for full report and more pics). The previous Sunday John was taking part in the Calderdale Mountain Bike Marathon finishing the challenging course as 1st fastest v.60 (not bad for a 74 year old).

Chris of course is busy racing up steep hills in preparation for the National Hill Climb Champs down in Matlock at the end of the month. He missed Jackson Bridge and Holme Moss on the 8th due to illness but made a successful comeback the following day up the Rake at Ramsbottom finishing just a second slower than his pb for the course. In the weekend just gone Chris finished 10th fastest in the Nelson Wheelers climb at Barley and 11th up the Nick of Pendle in pouring rain on Sunday.

Whilst John and Chris were in competition eight Condors were enjoying the more relaxed side of the sport at the Season of Mists Audax. A beautiful day, a great route and of course perfect organisation from Chris Crossland, his wife Jennifer and the whole Calderdale CTC team who spoilt us rotten with their catering. No wonder there was such a magnificent turnout (over 150 I'm told). Condors I saw at the event were Mel, Adrian, Steve Thewlis, Richard Burnham, John Lumb (2nd), Gary Mitchell, Simon and myself.

On Monday the 10th we had our AGM at The Travellers, Hipperholme.

Monday 10th October 2016

Members Present (12) - G. Turner, E Walker, P Gower, JD Smith, P Sanderson, B Sunter, J Ginley, P Haigh, N King, C Smith, S Thewlis, P Horne.

Apologies for Absence - A Simcock, D Grant, S Fortune, J Lumb.

Minutes of AGM 18/01/16 Presented - Accepted unanimously as true record.

General Secretary - Confirmed that affiliation had been made to CTT for 2017,  BC bill not yet received, Club affiliation to CTC for 2017 discussed, it was decided not to re-join as a club as no one had taken advantage of the discounted 3rd party insurance for several years (due to being full members of CTC or BC etc).
Treasurer - Up to date accounts were presented by P Gower and accepted as correct.
Racing Secretary - JD Smith reported on the successes of our racing members.
Election of Officials - All re-elected unopposed - Brian Sunter- President, Paul Gower-Treasurer, JD Smith- Racing Secretary, Peter Horne-Secretary.

Annual Dinner & Presentation - All agreed to continue with the Sunday ride-out lunch format of the previous 2 years with the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale being the preferred location. Phil Sanderson volunteered to liaise with R Hood. (Phil has now booked the venue for 1pm Sunday  8th January - traditional Sunday lunch, roast beef followed by apple crumble).

Any Other Business -
John Ginley confirmed that his LVRC Road Race date for 2017 is Sunday 2nd of July.

Chris Smith's offer to organise a Hill Climb event in 2017 was supported by all present. Initially he plans to run it as a club event encouraging competitors from other local clubs. He is hoping to use Pexwood Road in Todmorden on a yet to be decided Saturday in September.

Old stocks of club clothing was discussed (7 garments) and it was decided that the garments would be advertised on the blog at half price.

Club founder and for many years the driving force behind the Condor Road Club, Gordon Turner, invited all members to his 90th birthday celebrations in July 2017. Further details later.

Above bike for sale, Sensa Gulia 2015 full carbon, 56cm frame, superb Shimano Ultegra Di2 11sp groupset, Ultegra wheels, very light, summer miles only. a bargan at £700.00. Contact me on 07549 821349 or


1 x short sleeved jersey size M £21 (Force GB)
2 x short sleeved road jerseys size S £17.50 ea (Endura)
1x short sleeved road jersey size L £18.50 (Endura)
1 x Thermal bib longs size S £22 (Endura)
1 x Pro bib shorts size S £29 (Endura)
1 x Arm warmers size S £6.50 (Endura)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sunday October 16th - Airton

I'm planning a jolly jaunt this week to the splendid cafe at Airton. Meet 09:30 in Keighley if you fancy it.

Friday, October 07, 2016

AGM Reminder

AGM, Travellers Inn, Hipperholme, 8pm Monday 10th October

Wednesday, October 05, 2016


A quieter weekend for Chris with only one race on Saturday and one on Sunday, he must have been at a bit of a loose end - or was he busy spending his prize money ?
On Saturday he rode the Rossendale Road Club's climb up Woodplumpton Road to Crown Point. The event was won by the in-form David Huck from Lakes RC with a time of 2min 37secs with Chris taking 7th place in 3.10
On Sunday he was even nearer home at West Pennine RC's climb up Blackstone Edge just failing to defend his 2015 win but taking a good 2nd place.

This coming Saturday he's back to his two a day schedule with the Star Wheelers Jackson Bridge climb in the morning and Holme Moss in the afternoon. I'm meeting Simon and Adam in Brighouse at 8.30am; we're going to have a potter out to the Oil Can Cafe prior to giving Chris a shout on the Jackson Bridge climb, all welcome to join us. As far as I know he's just down for one climb on Sunday, the classic Rake at Ramsbottom where he's got some top quality competition from a full field of 120 riders.

Also on Sunday is the local Autumn Classic, the Season of Mists, a hilly 105k Audax from Mytholmroyd Community Centre, 9am or for those who love the mud, the Calderdale Mountain Bike Marathon from Sowerby Tennis & Bowling Club.

Saturday, October 01, 2016


Fancy a time trail to test your autumn condition?
The Imps want some competition and support? they are using the new course used earlier this year in the open event. Barkisland - Buckstones - Outlane - Buckstones - Barkisland Course. HQ is Greetland Community Centre. This is a CTT event, entry on the day with a £2  entry fee.
What about a team? Will need to be at HQ around 9.15 as its around 10 to 15 mins to start on main buckstones road at Barkisland boundary, assume close to our road race start.