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  • Sunday July 5th.

     hugo15 updated 11 years, 10 months ago 4 Members · 6 Posts
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  • Gunner

    5 July 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Well, what a cracking mornings riding. 😀

    Damned hard work at some points but you’ve got to admit you wouldn’t want it any other way, otherwise how do you improve. 😉

    Hugo and I set off from Hilton at 0815 and climbed up through Seamer and over to Ayton via Tanton Bridge then onto and through Easby for Kildale.

    It was a lovely morning, already warm and only a slight breeze, but there seemed the threat of rain rolling in later looking at the clouds in the distance.

    We had hit a good rhythm and were going at a fair lick as we left Kildale and encountered our first climb up to Percy Rigg, which we both crested simultaneously. Dropping down into Sleddale it was then the stiff climb out of the valley, and Hugo found the energy from somewhere to dance on the pedals and make climbing it seem easy, whilst I’m afraid I was left to sit and grind it out in bottom gear.

    Big difference to last week when I climbed this on the MTB and it was a pure doddle. 😳

    Fast descent into Commondale then we turned and made for Castleton via Dibble Bridge, and another steep climb up to the Westerdale turn off, again Hugo making easy work of it whilst I suffered.

    Bit more relaxed pace as we rode onto and through Westerdale, and climbed out of the village for Hob Hole. Through the ford, and then it was time for more hard work as we (well I) laboured out of the valley, sweating profusely and breathing hard, whilst Hugo repeated his dancing performance on his pedals, climbing brilliantly today.

    Fast descent through Leven Vale once we had conquered this climb, then the last hill of the day as we climbed back up Percy Rigg for a fast descent into Kildale. We stopped for a brief breather and for Hugo to take on water, then it was my time to dance on the pedals as we rode through Battersby and onto Ingleby Greenhow and then on at high speed for Gt. Broughton.

    The only downside to the ride so far was the fact that there had obviously been significant rainfall out this way recently and there was a lot of gravel in parts of the road just where you needed maximum grip for the speeds we were doing/cornering.

    Through Gt. Broughton and onto Busby and Carlton, we turned for Hutton Rudby, still keeping up a damned good turn of speed. The threat of rain had diminished and the sun was now out pushing up the temperatures even further. Through Rudby and we were soon back at Hilton, where we turned our respective ways for home.

    I had on the clock when I got back:

    2 hours 58 minutes.

    47.56 mile.

    16.1 mph.

    2,800 calories.

    Which was very pleasing, as when compared to the last time we did this route with similiar conditions, I had:

    3 hours 04 minutes.

    47.21 mile.

    15.4 mph

    😀 😀

  • Poucher

    5 July 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did yesterday Gunner, I just love riding over there 😀 😀

  • ShinSplint

    5 July 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Shame I couldnt make this one, sorry chaps. Glad you enjoyed it !

  • hugo15

    5 July 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Another great ride today. I had averaged 16 mph when I got home. I was over the moon with that. That the third time I have done that route this year and I have averaged 15mph (beginning of April), 15.3 mph (mid-May) and now 16 mph. It’s great to feel the progress. As Gunner says we rode hard today but this is what makes you improve. Makes me realise that in previous years I did a lot of junk mileage.

    We made a good pace out to Kildale before the climbing started. I tried to avoid climbing too much in the bottom gear today and spent more time out of the saddle than I normally do. In years gone by I would blow big time after only a few metres out of the saddle but today I was amazed at how long I managed to go for and how I much faster I climbed.

    Once we had the climbs behind us It was Gunner’s turn to get his own back, sticking it in the big ring he put the hammer down and made me suffer all the way from Kildale to Hilton. My legs were screaming at me to slow down put I was hanging on to his wheel for dear life.

    Looking forward to doing this route again before too long.

  • Gunner

    5 July 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Another great ride today.

    Wasn’t it just. 😀 😀

    Looking forward to doing this route again before too long.

    Too right, we need to get all the guys out on this one some time as well, they’d really enjoy it and benefit from it, plus we need to get everyone out on the Ralphs Cross ride, Danby Tea Room route, that’d be another one I think they’d be pleased to get under their belts, as well as the scones at the Moors Centre…… 😆 😆

  • hugo15

    5 July 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Yeah, it would be good to see a few more faces out on a Sunday morning. The Sunday rides are always on quiet roads and usually have something to suit everyone, flat sections for those who like to blast along in the big ring and a few climbs for those who like to test themselves against gravity.

    Agree we must do the Danby ride again. Will probably be towards the end of August as I will be away a bit over the next couple of weeks and then it will be the Ryedale Rumble. I suspect that people might be away on holiday too.

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