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  • Sunday 10th May. Ride Report and Pictures.

     Gunner updated 11 years, 8 months ago 6 Members · 11 Posts
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  • Gunner

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I’m saying it again…………….:roll: 🙄

    What a cracking ride today.

    GREAT PACE 😀

    GREAT COMPANY 😀

    AND GREAT VIEWS 😀

    THE ROUTE:

    http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=7197

    Hugo had come up with a nice little route that would test our legs out over the Moors and finish us off with a good few miles on the flat to clear out any accumalted lactic acid in our legs.

    Vince in a great effort at upping his total riding miles was riding over from Hartlepool and meeting Colin en route, to tie up with Hugo at the Fox Covert, Leven Bank.

    I met the guys at Hilton and then we were off on a steady climb to Seamer. The weather had decided to be kind, the dreadful wind from yesterday had totally died down and temperature wise it was neither warm nor cold.

    Turning at Seamer we headed across to Tanton Bridge and on and through Ayton, at a good steady pace, with enough breath to spare for plenty of chatting.

    Once through Easby we started to hit the steady, short cumulative climbs that took us to Kildale, still we maintained a good pace.

    A fast blast thorugh the village and onto the railway bridge where we hit our first real climb, ascending Percy Rigg. This wasn’t too bad and we all managed quite a fast pace up it.

    The next hill wasn’t the same………….

    We had a ultra fast descent into Sleddale Valley, and a super slow climb out of it on the other side. This is twice in one week for Vince on this climb, he obviously has a masochistic streak……….. 😯 😯

    Colin riding a double ring suffered a bit on this climb, but as I said, it’s a big steep one.

    Then a super fast long descent into Commondale, this is an awesome bit of road where you can really clock up some speed, and I did.

    In Commondale, we turned right at the Cleveland Pub and followed the road to Castleton which is peppered with a few shortish, not to taxing climbs.

    The views were superb and it was also starting to warm up a little now, possibly helped by the fact that we were going some speed. 😀

    HEADING FOR CASTLETON, SUPERB VIEWS OF THE RIGG:

    HUGO STOPS TO REMOVE CLOTHING:

    A fast descent followed down to Dibble Bridge and we crossed the Esk to climb up towards Castleton village but turned right at the crossroads for Westerdale. A moderately level road, this saw us pick up our pace again and we soon entered Westerdale to turn right for the long climb up to Hob Hole.

    On seeing the climb, Colin called a fuel stop, and we stopped by the roadside for a chat and the guys tucked in to the various goodies they had brought………….. 🙄 🙄

    In the fashion of a Cistercian Nun, I wet my lips with a hint of water.

    After chatting about the merits of various tyres, we started climbing again, and before long were soon at the top, Colin snatching this climb, the re-fueling obviously having paid dividends…… 😉

    A super fast descent into Hob Hole saw me take the lead as I rode through the ford, while the others decided to unclip and walk across the bridge. 😳 😳

    I pushed this advantage and ploughed on up the climb out of the valley, keeping the pressure on right ’till the very top where you are ready to drop into Leven Vale. This is the longest and toughest climb of the ride, and Vince did well to come in shortly behind me, followed by Hugo, then Colin, who put in a remarkable effort.

    A quick stop to catch our breath………………

    AND VINCE ATTACKS HIS WATER BOTTLE AT THE SUMMIT:

    HUGO COVERS THE LAST OF THE CLIMB:

    COLIN COMES IN:

    CATCHING A BREATH:

    We were off again, another super fast, long descent into Leven Vale, then a short sharp climb up to Percy Rigg, and another fast descent down to the valley floor, where we cruised at high speed into and through Kildale.

    Hugo had led us a good pace over the climbs, and it was my turn now to put it into a high gear and ensure we were all working hard on the level.

    Cruising through Kildale at high speed, we headed for Battersby, and I was surprised when Colin came through on his Pinarello at a damned good lick to take the lead 😯 😯

    A short climb enabled to me catch him and pass him as we turned for Battersby, and we carried on cruising to and through Ingleby Greenhow, then a damned high speed section where we all pushed it a little to Gt. Broughton, we were probably motoring at around the 28mph mark over this bit.

    Straight through Broughton, and onto Kirby, then Carlton, the pace had dropped a touch but we were still going some. Over the Stokesley road, and we made for Hutton Rudby, where the ride was starting to show in our legs on the 2 steep little climbs we encountered in the village.

    Bear in mind that Vince especially, and Colin, had already put some miles under their belts. 😉

    Leaving Rudby, we motored over to Middleton on Leven, with Colin riding very well, then we made for Hilton, where I turned off to head for Stainton and home.

    The weather at this point was still good, though rain clouds looked like they were pushing up from the South.

    Vince had something like 60 miles on his computer by this stage, but was still going strong, and Colin had recovered from the climbs and was riding up the front with me at a good pace.

    Hugo had shown good form on the climbs, with some strong out of the saddle climbing, and a good power to weight ratio.

    I was pleased with my climb out of Hobe Hole and my subsequent speed on the flat after the climbing we had done.

    Summary, a great route, great weather, great views, great company.

    Just hope Vince got back OK, and wonder what sort of miles he clocked up in the end.

    😉

  • HarryB

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Nice route. I’ve done that a few times already this year. The climb out of Hob Hole is a bit of a barsteward.

    Hope Poucher looked after my wheels

  • Poucher

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Nice write up Gunner,

    Got a nice “dull” ache in the old legs now 🙁

    62.8 miles by the time I got home, in 3hrs 59 mins, ave 15.7 mph, v max 38.5 mph.

    Vince and me parted at the horse and jockey roundabout and I was home 10 mins later.

    The climbs were awesome, specially the one out of Hob Hole 😳 😳 seemed to go on forever, that’s when I wish I had a triple ( or better still my mountainbike! 🙂 ) what with Vin being 7ft 9 ins tall and having 4 ft legs he didn’t seem to notice if it was uphill or still on the flat! 😯

    Good ride though, nice to get some decent miles in and still be home for 11:40am

    Looks like I won’t be around again until the week after next, catch you all then.

    Harry, those wheels were great today, and there was some pretty hard braking down some of those steep banks.

    When I get out of bed in the morning I’ll be walking like “Robo-Cop” 😆

    Laters,

    Colin

  • HarryB

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Looks like I won’t be around again until the week after next

    Colin

    So you won’t be needing those wheels then?

  • vince

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Absolute Peach of a route from Hugo today,some tough climbs and some nice fast flowing bits.The run back through Kildale being especially fast with me Colin and Hugo trying to hang on to Gunners rear wheel.I think i must be getting old because i spent most of the ride taking in the superb views and admiring the old stone cottages and farmhouses 😆 Lovely place to ride.I was really starting to feel it when we left Hugo at Ingleby Barwick and had to push myself to keep up with Colin,so much so that a pit stop was required at the garage by the Horse and Jockey for a bottle of water and a mars bar.Refuel complete me and Colin said our goodbyes and i set off on the last 10 miles home hoping to beat the rain,quick run up to Woviston and then down the A689 and home just about beating the rain.

    Distance: 80.8miles

    Average: 15.6mph

    Max: 36.1mph

    Time:5hrs 8mins 48secs

    All in all i was pretty pleased with how well my legs held up,this being quite a jump up from my previous longest ride of 55miles.It may well be a different story come tomorrow morning though.Thanks for the company lads and once again excellent route 😉

  • Gunner

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Nice write up Gunner,

    Cheers.

    62.8 miles by the time I got home, in 3hrs 59 mins, ave 15.7 mph, v max 38.5 mph.

    I was pleased with our average speed today, considering the route and the climbing, almost 16 mph is superb in my opinion.

    The climbs were awesome, specially the one out of Hob Hole 😳 😳 seemed to go on forever, that’s when I wish I had a triple ( or better still my mountainbike! 🙂 ) what with Vin being 7ft 9 ins tall and having 4 ft legs he didn’t seem to notice if it was uphill or still on the flat! 😯

    Vince has superb leg strength and leverage, and a good VO2 max threshold, judging by his out of the saddle climbing today. It’s a shame he doesn’t feel the desire to channel it competetively, he has a natural talent that could easily be polished.

    Good ride though, nice to get some decent miles in and still be home for 11:40am

    Looks like I won’t be around again until the week after next, catch you all then.

    Yes, I agree. Starting early has distinct advantages, enabling me to get a lot doen today, not least a lot of fettling on my hardtail mtb.

    Looking forward to the week after next when your out with us again, shame I hadn’t had the helmet camera on the roadbike today, it was quite awesome when you came past as we came out of Kildale.

  • Gunner

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Absolute Peach of a route from Hugo today,some tough climbs and some nice fast flowing bits.The run back through Kildale being especially fast with me Colin and Hugo trying to hang on to Gunners rear wheel.I think i must be getting old because i spent most of the ride taking in the superb views and admiring the old stone cottages and farmhouses 😆 Lovely place to ride.

    Distance: 80.8miles

    Average: 15.6mph

    Max: 36.1mph

    Time:5hrs 8mins 48secs

    All in all i was pretty pleased with how well my legs held up,this being quite a jump up from my previous longest ride of 55miles.It may well be a different story come tomorrow morning though.Thanks for the company lads and once again excellent route 😉

    Fantastic statistics there Vince, I’m just glad Grants not here to see them. 😆 😆

    As for the scenery, you can understand why I am out here riding all the time, it’s stunning and as you say, there are some superb properties, that would particularly benefit from having me living in them…….. 😆 😆

  • hugo15

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Great ride today guys, I really enjoyed it. It’s so much better getting out riding as a group rather than plodding round on your own. Glad you all liked the route. The NY Moors are just a fantastic place to ride, both on and of road.

    I had 46 miles on the clock when I got home at an average of 15.3 mph. This was 0.3 mph faster than when I did the same route on my own about a month ago.

  • vince

    Member
    10 May 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Fantastic statistics there Vince, I’m just glad Grants not here to see them.

    Grant might surprise us when he returns he might of booked a two week training break at http://www.clublasanta.com/ and arrive home fighting fit. 😆

    As for the scenery, you can understand why I am out here riding all the time, it’s stunning and as you say, there are some superb properties, that would particularly benefit from having me living in them……..

    😆 Yeah you cant beat it when the weathers half decent,i just hope i can remember the route and give it another go sometime.

  • grant

    Member
    13 May 2009 at 2:52 pm

    fat bloody chance lads

    no riding for me while on holiday not allowed 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥

    good holiday tho

    went to club la santa it is a proper shit hole now most of it is overgrown

    shame really

    see you all in a week or so 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • Gunner

    Member
    13 May 2009 at 2:55 pm

    fat bloody chance lads

    no riding for me while on holiday not allowed 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥

    These ruddy “young men”, no idea how to handle the women folk 🙄 🙄

    😆 😆 😆 😆

    😉

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