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May
30
Thu
7:00 pm Club 25 Mile Time Trial series @ Course D25-5
Club 25 Mile Time Trial series @ Course D25-5
May 30 @ 7:00 pm
Club 25 mile time trial series on course D25-5
Jun
6
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Jun 6 @ 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
Jun
8
Sat
6:30 pm Open 10 Mile Time Trial – Saturd... @ Course D33/10 - Tarleton - Banks
Open 10 Mile Time Trial – Saturd... @ Course D33/10 - Tarleton - Banks
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Southport CC members will be competing for the Neil Smith and Norman Rimmer trophies for fastest Male and Female rider Southport CC open 10 Flyer 2 Note – Entries close on 28th May. In addition[...]
Jun
9
Sun
9:00 am Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Jun 9 @ 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[...]
Jun
13
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Jun 13 @ 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
Jun
16
Sun
8:30 am Settle – Club Ride
Settle – Club Ride
Jun 16 @ 8:30 am
Sunday June 16th Settle Undulating ride. About 110 miles.
Jun
20
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Jun 20 @ 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
Jun
27
Thu
7:00 pm Club 25 Mile Time Trial series @ Course D25-5
Club 25 Mile Time Trial series @ Course D25-5
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm
Club 25 mile time trial series on course D25-5
Jul
4
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Jul 4 @ 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
Jul
7
Sun
8:30 am Buttertubs – Club Ride
Buttertubs – Club Ride
Jul 7 @ 8:30 am
Sunday July 7th Buttertubs Hilly ride. About 60 miles.

Barking Mad on the highest road in Yorkshire

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

StoneCloseCafe

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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