Monthly Archives: April 2012

White rose Eurostile

The White Rose Classic

Firmly established as one of the ‘must-do’ events, and a true classic in every sense of the word, the event is taking place on the 17th June 2012.

Offering you a choice of 3 challenging routes; 110 miles, 84 miles and 50 miles, and taking you through the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Dales, it really is a showcase event for the very best the beautiful Yorkshire Dales has to offer.

The event headquarters will be the fantastic new facility at Ilkley Rugby Club at the edge of Ilkley, providing changing and showering facilities, parking, food and drink.

The White Rose Classic is donating at least 10% of the profits to Sue Ryder .  They support people living through the challenges of life-changing illness.  If you would also like to support this charity  a VirginMoneyGiving page has been created.

More Info Here


The Brian Robinson Challenge 2012

First on the calendar by popular demand.

The Brian Robinson Challenge 2012


Sunday 29th April 2012


Huddersfield, Kirklees


A challenging 75 mile cycle circuit which offers riders the opportunity to take in some of the countries most iconic climbs, Holme Moss, for example, has featured in cycling events at the highest level for over half a century.

The ride is named after Britain’s first Tour de France stage winner who has an impressive list of cycling achievements. The event has now been running since 2007 (previously run as the Kirklees Sportive) and attracts riders from across the country to take part.

Profits from the event go to The Dave Rayner Fund and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


One route option -

  •  75 miles


  • Waymarked route
  • Electronic timing
  • Feed stations
  • Mechanical support
  • Route marshalls
  • Broom wagon


The Stadium Health & Fitness Complex
Galpharm Stadium
Stadium Way



Website entry – Yes (entry webpage)


  • £25.00 per rider

The Hardmen of Cycling

This weeks Sean Kelly Award Goes to Steve Hannigan, who joined me on a soaking wet ride to Embsay and Gargrave, while all the rest of you probably had your heating on at home :-)

Actually once your wet and you get going, its not so bad. Luckily we didn’t suffer from any strong winds and the rain wasn’t that heavy really. I still had to ring out all my clothes when I got home though.


Gibbo Takes Season Opener

Just like Sean Kelly who famously liked rubbish weather because “half the riders have given up before the start”, Gibbo beats all by a clear margin when no other Wheelers turn up.  Unfortunately though, he ends up buying all his own pints in the bar!


Thursday Night Rides

Thursday night rides will be starting on Thursday the 19th of April at 6.30pm. Meeting at the usual place in Glusburn Institute car park.

The first few rides will be an early set off, until the light improves.

Like last year, all abilities are welcome. Rides are around 25-30 miles and usual take around 2 hours.

For more details check the Thursday night page.

Sorry for the lack of updates over the winter, but with work and my wife expecting our second child I’ve struggled to find the spare time. I have a pass for Thursday nights though!