Only 3 Scwheelers braved the torrential rain last night. As it turned out, it only rained as we set off and dried up later.
Anyway after a vote we decided to do a hillier route than originally planned. Here’s the profile -
First up we climbed up West Lane out of Sutton, always a good climb to get you warmed up. After riding down past Earls Crag we dropped through Cowling and climbed up Cowling Hill Lane. From then on there’s some steep undulations before a fast decent into Elslack, avoiding suicidal bunnies! A bit of main road followed until we got to East Marton then one of my favourite bits of road all the way to Gargrave. Out of Gargrave there is a small climb past the station going up Church Street before dropping down to Broughton and starting up the final climb at Elsack. Probably my favourite climb of the night, starts off steep, but levels out a couple of times. It climbs steadily crossing the old Skipton to Colne road and then onwards nearly to lothersdale before dropping back down Lothersdale Road and back to Glusburn.
Altogether not a long ride, but plenty of climbing.
The Route -
The Shweelers enjoing the Jubilee ride
On the 4th June 2012 the Queen’s celebrations gave the green light to South Craven’s finest to cycle round the spectacularly beautiful and quiet Forest of Bowland.
Setting off ay 9am from Barnoldswick Peter G, Steve K, Martin H and Paul F headed West and after an early morning chill, the day exploded into a beautiful day for cycling.
Villages and picturesque hamlets decked in flags and bunting became remarkably commonplace and each bend and summit crested invariably provided a stunning view, the top of Waddington Fell being a typical example. Moving out of Slaidburn we headed north towards Bentham and hardly met a soul and despite a fast pace (ahem!) time was found to stop and take in a panoramic view of all Three Peaks… (and the Langdales or was it The Howgills!!)
Time constraints went out of the window as we stopped at a fantastic Farm Cafe at Wray and indulged ourselves under warm sunny skies. Eventually we managed to drag ourselves away and headed for the climb back towards The Trough of Bowland. This section provided a fantastic view of Morecombe Bay with Blackpool Tower in the distance. A death defying descent towards Dunsop Bridge came and went in a flash and then onto the quintessentially “chocolate box” .. Inn at Whitwell. As we soldiered on bums were beginning to ache and legs growing a little tired and all except Peter G forgot how much of a rollercoaster the route home was.
Despite the bumps the team managed the ride comfortably and enjoyed a well earned 99 ice cream at the finish. The ride was a testing 78 miles and as each Wheeler headed home the smiles were nearly as long.
Due to varying commitments other Wheelers were unable to come along but it is hoped that the ride becomes an annual fixture on the Club calendar. (Have we got a calendar Paul G ?)
The new South Craven Wheelers Jersey has arrived! Many thanks to Neil for sorting this out. Excellent job!