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Upcoming Events

Aug
22
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Aug 22 @ 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
Aug
29
Thu
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
Sep
1
Sun
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
22
Sun
8:30 am Ben Gautrey – Event
Ben Gautrey – Event
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am
Sunday September 22nd (TBC) Ben Gautrey Flattish ride. About 50 miles.
Sep
29
Sun
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
6
Sun
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
Oct
20
Sun
8:30 am Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale – Club ...
Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale – Club ...
Oct 20 @ 8:30 am
Sunday October 20th Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale Hilly ride. About 80 miles.
Oct
27
Sun
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[...]

Not the third Sunday Ride

Apologies to those who missed this one — I’d had family commitments, and was not sure whether I could make it or not, so put a FB message out late on Saturday in case I could generate any interest.

I’d planned on a ride to Cafe De Lune – but when no one else appeared I found myself in the company of the Blackgate Lane gang once again.  At my age I should know better, especially when Spencer, Karl, Peter, Duffers, Dave Abram, Andy Grice, Ian Hodgson and Lennie Collins turned up.  There were various suggestions about destinations, including Waddington and Dunsop Bridge – all involving too much climbing for me,  but my telepathic force must have been strong, as first we took the detour round Preston Docks, then headed in the direction of Catforth.  By the time we passed St Michaels, I knew I was in for a flat ride, and so it proved.  We’d had a side wind most of the way out, and had been sheltered by high hedges for most of the way, but once we reached Pilling it turned in to steady tailwind.  Going across Cockerham flats I was doing 28mph, just hanging on at the back.  The last few bumps beyond Cockerham were my undoing, but still managed to get onto the back of the SCC queue at the cafe.  The return route was via Galgate, so I made the wise decision to get a headstart, and at least get over that first horrible little hill that gets the cafe legs screaming. We still had a good tailwind, so I was able to stay in the wheels until the turnoff for Scorton.  I don’t know whose bright idea it was to come over Harris End, but is was a great deal of relief when I saw the rest of the gang waiting at the top  by the entrance to the reservoirs.  My telepathy must have been working again – as I didn’t fancy having to go over Telegraph or Oakenclough.  The descent via Bell Lane was rapid, and on the way back to Bilsborrow caught up with Lennie, who’d decided to take a more sensible route via Scrton and Barnacre!  Crossing the A6 at Owld Nells, my legs finally ‘fell off’ and despite having the rest in sight most of the way to Woodplumpton, I ended up making my own way back at a more sedate pace.  All in all a grand day out, decent weather, good crack — and 84 miles at an unusually brisk pace for me.

Alan Stark

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