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Aug
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7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm
Weekly 10 mile time trial. First event of the season starts at 6.45.pm. All other dates at 7.00.pm
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9:00 am Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
A ride exclusively for ladies and a great chance for beginners to try out riding in a group. More details nearer the date. Start time from the Club room at 9.30. am. and back by[...]
Sep
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8:30 am Ben Gautrey – Event
Ben Gautrey – Event
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am
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Sep
29
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8:30 am World Road Race Championships – ...
World Road Race Championships – ...
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am
Sunday September 29th Buttertubs – Men’s World Road Racing Championship Drive to Ingleton. Ride out to the course. Watch the race. Ride back.
Oct
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9:00 am Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
A ride exclusively for ladies and a great chance for beginners to try out riding in a group. More details nearer the date. Start time from the Club room at 9.30. am. and back by[...]
11:00 am Club Hill Climb Championship @ Prince William pub, Dalton, Wigan
Club Hill Climb Championship @ Prince William pub, Dalton, Wigan
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am
Club Hill Climb Championship
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20
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8:30 am Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale – Club ...
Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale – Club ...
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Sunday October 20th Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale Hilly ride. About 80 miles.
Oct
27
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9:30 am The Downhill / Freewheeling comp...
The Downhill / Freewheeling comp...
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am
Just a reminder, the Downhill / Freewheeling contest for the highly coveted Shield takes place this Sunday 27th October at Bleasedale. Leaving the Plough at around 9.15 am / Blackgate Lane 9.30am. Choice of cafes[...]
Nov
17
Sun
9:00 am Eureka – Club Ride
Eureka – Club Ride
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am
Sunday November 17th Eureka Cafe Flat ride. About 75 miles.

Barking Mad on the highest road in Yorkshire

Allan, Steve , Simon and Will ride the 212k Fleet Moss Audax on 17th May

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Tea and Scones and never mind the cobbles

The rather posh ladies in our rather twee Dent Control stop café, The Stone Close, thought it “a little windy” for cycling around the Dales. But we had already done 54 of 134 scheduled miles, hard miles over Harris End, The Trough and Lamb and Tatham. A nice cup of tea and a scone (with jam) would surely set us up for another hill or two.

At Gayle primary school a mystery man answered our Info Control question with ‘all visitors must go to Reception’. So armed with this unremarkable fact we turned right onto Fleet Moss (589m) and there it was, straight up. This is indeed a hill, quite unlike the Dive Centre. Always trust old ladies-they really do know. We ground up sections marked 17% and 20%. I had secretly fitted a 32 rear sprocket on Saturday but the ladies could have walked faster. Our mystery man, now at the summit, urged us on. Only sixty miles left.

Madness it may have been. Barbon village Info Control answer was ‘Barking Mad Pet Shop’ whilst Allan and Simon swear they heard a cuckoo in Dentdale. I wasn’t bothered. I needed food. In Gargrave, at 97 miles, our control was the Dalesman Café and sweetshop. They had plenty of food and drink – eggs, chips, beans, ginger beer, chocolate – I could have happily stayed there.
Only 37 miles into a headwind, over Chaigley and we soon reached Claughton Memorial Hall, where the organisers checked us in and (you guessed right) gave us something to eat.

This had been a hard 200 in difficult conditions. Allan had flown down the hills. I realised that a low gear is no substitute for weight and Simon was left wondering whether a Snowdon 400 would be such a good idea. And for Steve it was business as usual. Having ridden from Southport to Claughton he set off into the gloom heading back to Southport, leaving us to the warmth of Simon’s car.

Eight points for SCC Audaxers and probably the most difficult 200 we have ridden. A grand day out!

Words from Will White (We now know that www stands for Will White’s Wheels!)

(Allan Taylor, Steve Ginty, Simon Kirwan and Will White)

Statistics

Distance: 216 km
Riding Time: 9hrs 54 mins
Elevation Gain: 3,680 metres

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