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This Mondays Womens Ride

From this Monday the meeting time will be 6.45 setting off at 7pm at Glusburn Institute as usual.

The route is a few mile longer than last week.  Taking in Cononley, Carlton, Skipton, Kildwick and Silsden.  With a few small climbs but nothing major.

If you haven’t been out with us before, please do.  Everyone is welcome.  You don’t have to worry about holding everyone up as the pace is social rather than fast and we have regular regroupings.

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Pauls run over wheel!

Thursday Ride – Neutral Service!

Last weeks Thursday ride was an old favourite for me.  An easy start through Connonley and Carlton to Skipton and then on to Embsay and along the back road via Halton East to Bolton Abbey, before riding back to Glusburn via Ilkley and Silsden.

Disaster struck just after Embasy, when we’re riding single file along a singletrack road.  Anyway to cut a long story short, there was a tangle of bikes and a front wheel which had been run over by a car.  Luckily nuetral service arrived quickly (in the shape of Andy Wiggins, Skipton Cycling Club.  Many thanks to him) and sorted our Paul Fitz with a new wheel and we carried on.

Climbing up West Road from Carleton

Allez Allez Allez

Climbing up West Road from Carleton

Climbing up West Road from Carleton

Last nights ride was a bit of a hilly one but one “enjoyed” by everyone.  As usual we set off from Glusburn Institute and headed off to Kildwick to start our first climb up through Kildwick and over the tops to Draughton.  Once across the A65 it was onwards to Skipton where we we shouted at by passing motorists “Allez Allez Allez!” Makes a change form “*!**!!!” or “get some road tax!”  Most be the Wiggo effect!

Anyway onwards to Carleton to start our penultimate climb of the day, which MapMy Ride lists as a category 3.  It starts off steep out Carleton but eases after the first half a mile.  The Scweelers were strung out with Paul Fitz Leaving us all behind.

The last climb was the drag from Cowling up Dick Lane, past Cowling Pinicle and Lunds Tower before dropping back down the technical descent of West Lane and down to Sutton.  Then back home to Glusburn.

Cheers guys, great ride.

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More Stops than the Number 27 Bus!

A dry but overcast evening saw a good turn out for this week’s ride, with 8 Scwheelers setting off from Glusburn. Paul Fitz and new boy Dave setting the early pace, the bunch was soon strung out as it headed through Cononley and on towards Skipton. Luckily, frequent stops for dropped chains and natural breaks allowed the group to reform.

The temporary lights in Skipton presented a longer stop than anyone wanted but the group finally got the green for go and head up the High Street and on towards Embsay. A sharp left onto Brackenley Lane took us over to the Grassington Road before another left turn took us up the short steep climb of Bog Lane and over to the A65.

A quick blast along the A65 saw us reach Gargrave and the welcome quite of the back roads back down to the A59 at Broughton. Unfortunately this section was punctuated by another unwelcome stop, this time a puncture for Dave. However, a quick tube change assisted by Paul saw the group back on the road and chasing down Martin who has set off up the next hill to gain some time on the group.

With Neil Dobson making his return to the Thursday night ride after breaking his collar bone in May, the group decided to avoid the climb known locally as ‘The Basterd’ and headed back into Skipton. A split saw Bob and Steve K heading back towards Lothersdale while the rest of the bunch pressed on for home. The Scwheelers train really got going on the fast stretch from Skipton to Kildwick, with Dave and Nigel doing good work on the front before the group split again at Kildwick to go our separate ways.

Report courtesy of Steve Hannigan

Skipton Cycling Club

Skipton Cycling Club’s website is now up and running.  They are running regular rides 3 times a week.  In the spirit of joint cooperation and to get more people cycling, any Skipton Cycling Club member is welcome on any Wheelers ride and vice versa.  For any Wheelers that want to tag along on Skipton Cycling Club rides, here are the details -

Skipton Cycling Club

Our current rides are as follows:

All rides meet outside Dave Ferguson Cycles, 3 Albion Yard, Skipton BD23 1ED. View on Google Map

9.30am for a social/easy ride.
Distance about 25 miles.
Great for riders just getting into cycling.

9am for a longer steady ride.
Regrouping at the top of hills and junctions.
Distance 50+ miles with a chance for shorter/longer loops as desired.

6.30pm, steady ride 25 – 35 miles.
Regular regrouping to make sure no-one gets left behind.

Skiptons New Cycling Club / Sunday Rides

A friend of the club Sean Mckibben has just started to set up Skipton’s new cycling club.

Skipton Cycling Club will be starting Sunday rides from tomorrow 17th June 2012.  Rides will meet at Dave Ferguson Cycles in Skipton at 9.30am and will be approximately 30 miles in length and at a friendly pace.  All abilities welcome.  South Craven Wheelers are welcome to attend.

The reamaining 4, on Addingham Moorside - Photo taken by Steve Hannigan

Neil Crashes Out Of Giro…

The reamaining 4, on Addingham Moorside – Photo taken by Steve Hannigan

Record numbers of Scwheelers set off from Glusburn in scorching weather. The bunch was strung out riding over Kildwick, with Sean setting the pace at the front.

On the steep descent down towards Draughton Neils front wheel washed out on some gravel in spectacular fashion, breaking his collarbone in the process! Big thanks to Sean (who rode back to Skipton to get his car) and Nigel for getting him to Airedale. Now we know who gets the stabilizer award. Hopefully you’ll make a quick recovery Neil and be back in time for the Tour.

A nervous bunch takled the rest of the ride, careful to avoid any more gravel episodes.  We considered going up Langbar but it was decided it was getting late… Another week perhaps.