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  • Gunner

    31 May 2009 at 1:58 pm

    What an awesome morning for riding. 😀 😀

    Hugo had planned a little jaunt over the Moors which involved a fair degree of climbing, and I was certainly up for that, even after yesterdays run out to Helmesley.

    Setting off at 0800 I met Hugo at 0815 at Hilton and we proceeded through Seamer, Tanton Bridge and onto Ayton.

    The weather was superb with not a cloud in the sky, there was however a brisk breeze in our face, I’m pretty sure that wasn’t on the forecast. 😕 😕

    Keeping up a good pace, we passed through Ayton and on to Kildale and our first climb of the day, just a small one up Percy Rigg. We then took a right at the crossroads and dropped down into Leven Vale for a monster climb up the other side, and God was it hot. 😡 😡

    This was a bottom gear steady away climb, this was new territory for the Scott and it seemed to be coping well. 😀

    At the summit we started to descend towards Hob Hole but turned left for Castleton, after Dibble Bridge on the steep ascent to the village we took a right at the crossroads and made for Westerdale on a nice fast bit of road.

    Westerdale, this was where the pain starts. 😯 😯

    Turning left in the village, we started our climb to Ralphs Cross. This is 2 mile of very, very steep climbing, and it was baking hot, funny how the breeze dissappears when you need it.

    Hugo led the climb with me trailing slightly, the CR1 howver managing this climb very capably I’m again pleased to say.

    Once at the top, the stiff breeze magically reappeared and we were heading into a stiff breeze as we followed the road towards Rosedale, before taking a left turn to drop down amongst some stunning scenery into Fryup Dale, passing Danby Castle and heading into the Moors Centre.

    It was here we stopped for a pot of tea and Hugo enjoyed a scone.

    Could you beleive the time was only 1015, I was totally amazed. 😯 😯



    After a brief rest we were on our way again, starting with a mammoth climb out of the Centre (or so it seemed) and then dropping down to Danby. Through the village and onto Castleton we climbed up to the top of the village then dropped down to and over Dibble Bridge, and climbed out of the valley to follow the road round to Commondale.

    The climbing, of which there had been plenty, combined with yesterdays jaunt was beginning to take its toll on my legs, and I was glad that there was only 2 more “real” climbs left.

    We were soon climbing out of Commondale and making for Kildale, this ascent being easier than I imagined, then we dropped down into Sleddale, climbed up to Percy Rigg and it was time for me to get back in the big ring.

    We rode through Kildale and back to our start virtually the same way we had came, baffallingly, however with the wind as strong in our faces as on our outbound journey. The climbing had strengthened us though, and we were travelling along like a ruddy steam train.

    Almost home, imagine my surprise when Hugo announced it was almost 1200, we had planned on being finished by about 1300, so this was a real bonus and a fantastic indicator of our performance.

    I had 54 mile on the clock when I got in, covered in a total of 3 hours 11 minutes. that works out at about 16.3 mph.

    That’s good going in my books for a route like this, as there is some damned climbing.

    All in all, a brilliant mornings riding, and over another route that MUST be done again befor the year is out.

    Cheers Hugo.

    😀 😀 😀

  • hugo15

    31 May 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Really enjoyed the ride today. It was great to be out in a short sleeve top and shorts.

    The climbing was tough in that heat, especially the long climb up to Ralph’s Cross. Funny how we both noticed the centipedes on the road as we trekked up to the top of the moor ……….. not a lot of sight seeing done other than the tarmac a couple of feet in front of the bike! My legs were certainly starting to feel the effects of the repeated climbing once we were back on the flatter roads and speeding towards home.

    Not sure your “new” computer is recording the time correctly. I had 3 hrs 41 mins for the ride time, which I think is about right as I was out about 4 hrs 10 mins and we spent about 25 mins in the cafe + a couple of other stops. I’m not sure there is anyway I could average 16+ mph round that route without motorised assistance!

  • Gunner

    31 May 2009 at 5:37 pm


    I shall have to investigate my “new” computer.

    Odd, as when I rode alongside you at one point I noticed you were “doing” 12 mph, as was I so I was satisfied that the speed was correct. I shall have to investigate the time.

    I have however found a Cateye Velo 8 lurking in my collection and was thinking of fitting that anyway.

  • vince

    31 May 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Sounds like a good one,I’ve had a bit of a lazy week this past week.I havn’t struck a bat since Richmond,apart from a walk up Helvellyn on Thursday.I need to put some effort in over the next fortnight in the run up to the Northern Rock.

  • hugo15

    31 May 2009 at 8:03 pm

    You missed a good ride today Vince. I hope it’s not quite as warm when we ride the Cyclone otherwise I am going to suffer badly!!

  • Gunner

    31 May 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Yeah, you would really have enjoyed this route Vince.

    Must do it again. 😀

  • HarryB

    31 May 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I can’t believe you fellas had the audacity to go out and enjoy yourself on proper hills while I was slaving away at work. Outrageous.

  • vince

    31 May 2009 at 8:24 pm

    You missed a good ride today Vince. I hope it’s not quite as warm when we ride the Cyclone otherwise I am going to suffer badly!!

    We cant win with the weather its either to hot or to cold but i was thinking of ya’s whilst sat in the garden eating the full english.I’ve eaten and drank far to much this past week,i hate to say it but i’ll be almost glad to get back to work and into a bit of routine 😳

  • mr-marty-martin

    31 May 2009 at 8:26 pm

    i was on bottle duty’s today at the divisional championships…

    it was so hot

    i left the strip earlier as i needed to get to the top of the gibt first to hand bottles…

    i made my way to the bottom of the very tough billsmoor climb with 6 full bottles in my pockets, and 2 on the bike, it was so tough climbing with all these…

    finally got over the top and then up the gibet…

    soon as the pelaton came past i made my way to the cags and could finally put the bottles down, the sweat was pouring of me…

  • ShinSplint

    1 June 2009 at 8:51 am

    Glad you had a blast fellas. To be honest its probably just as well I didnt come along. I was quite tired on the morning and had a lay in, thinking to myself I would have been struggling on those climbs.

    I did however get out late afternoon for a few miles with 2 of my mates. About 30 mile at a guess.

    Anyway, you definately had the weather for it! It was still glorious late on. I bet that tea and scone was a relief !!! 😛

  • Richard A Thackeray

    1 June 2009 at 10:20 am

    Sounds like you had a good day.

    I was at work from 05:30 – 14:00, but went a longer way home, with a couple of long(ish) drags.

    It was still damned warm though, someone told me it was 24degrees at 13:00 yesterday

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