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  • Who’s up for this?

     Gunner updated 13 years, 3 months ago 3 Members · 33 Posts
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  • Anonymous

    6 December 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Right this one will hopefully be a good ‘un, will probably appeal to the roadies amongst us but everybody will be welcome on it…ok here goes!

    I’m planning a ride in the summer, well in my summer hols to be honest, and it hopefully will be a cracker!!

    Stokesley to Whitby and back via the good old NYM!!

    The route will start at Stokesley go onto Kildale then Commondale, Castleton, Danby and so on until we hit Whitby. Now if we get a few people doing it there might possibly be an overnight stay in Whitby then back the next day, just see how it pans out. The route back will be decided at Whitby in the nearest boozer.

    I’m not expecting TDF numbers but if we get together on this it could be a bloody good ride out!! who knows if it takes off it could be an annual ride..maybe going on to Scarborough via the moors.

    As time moves on more details/route will be added and I will be asking for people who definitely are up for it. It won’t be a race just a case of a load of nutters pedalling like crazy to Whitby!!!!!

    So you’ve had a little taster…What do you think? Let me know via e-mail so we don’t clog the forums with questions. 😉

  • Gunner

    6 December 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Denny, I will definetely be up for it 😉

    Whitby via the Moor road is an absolute doddle, I have done it from my house in 1 hour and 52 minutes and then done the return leg in not that much of a longer time, the main problem here being the climb back up out of Whitby, which on the descent you are doing at about 40 mile per hour, and you know how long for!!!!

    Whitby via the North Yorkshire Moors is an altogether different prospect, however. There are some fantastic climbs which can take their toll on the unprepared rider and by the time you hit Heartbeat country and the likes of Limber Hill then you are screaming for mercy.

    Mind you, I am talking about going at a good pace and still having the “legs” for a return journey from Whitby without any rest, at a more leisurely pace it may not be so bad.

    I think that we should aim for the ride to be done in a day, there and back, at a leisurely pace, with celebratory drinks held somewhere near the end of the ride,

    The Buck at Great Ayton?

    The Cleveland at Commondale?

    The Black Swan at Kirkby?

    The Pathfinders at Maltby?

    The Cross Keys Guisborough Road?

    Fantastic idea, Denny. 😉

  • Anonymous

    7 December 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Cheers Gunner…thought you’d be up for it, a couple of lads from work are up for it too!! like the idea of a beer or two…or three…or four…maybe the Buck inn.

    I was toying with the idea of making it a 2 dayer and going to Scarborough but that can be saved for another one!!! Like I said i’m not expecting TDF numbers only a handful of riders 6 or so, then I will look at organising one for the following year and so on make it an annual event.

  • Gunner

    7 December 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Like the idea of the Scarborough one too.

    I did that a few years ago, Moor road to Scarborough, via Birke Browe, Scaling Dam and Whitby and then Kirbymoorside, Helmesley, Chop Gate road back.

    That ride is best done on a Saturday or Sunday with an early start as the volume of traffic on the road is considerably less than a weekday, making a group ride more sociable.

    Handy stopping points on the way to Scarborough are at Scaling Dam burger van, The Flask Inn, just outside Whitby for a hot breakfast and toilet stop, the Scarborough itself. The stops on the way back would be as above, with a lovely cafe in Helmesley and toilet stop.

  • Anonymous

    7 December 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Tell you another thing that would be a blast…a tour of the NYM on MTB….totally offroad….imagine Guisborough, Cropton, Harwood dale and Dalby in one ride!!! That would probably be a long weekender but just think about it for a moment!!! 😯

    Food for thought! 😉

    Anyway it looks like this Stokesley – Whitby is going to go ahead so dates/times will be posted as and when, all route info, starting points and times will be e-mailed to people who are serious about doing it, which will hopefully be a few of us.

  • Anonymous

    8 December 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Right…just done a provisional route for this ride.. 😯 it’s a corker….31.2 miles through the NYM to Whitby. Basically following the Esk, and yes Gunner it does take in Limber hill!!.

    The route profile looks like a saw blade! The ride itself will be the weekend of July 20th/21st 2008. As for the return leg….that will be decided on the day in Whitby.

    I’ll be going out to recce the route in the car in the new year, so if anyone wants to tag along they’re more than welcome. Obviously any parts that are too bad will be eliminated from the route and a different way sought. If anybody who is thinking of doing this ride wants a copy of the provisional route you will need a copy of Memorymap software and I will need an e-mail address! It will probably change but I hope not by much. 😉

  • Gunner

    8 December 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Fantastic, bring it on!!!!!!!

    😈 😈 😈

  • Anonymous

    22 December 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Just an update on the ride…in the above post I said 20th/21st…it will actually be on the 19th July 2008 which is a Saturday, the reason being it will give people time to recover before going back to the slog (not me I’m off) :D.

    Please let’s have a few people from the forum and any friends if they’re interested…like I say it’s not just for road bikes, MTB’s are also very welcome.

    The recce drive will be in January between 20th – 30th as I’m on me winter jollies….anyone is welcome to join me!

  • Gunner

    23 December 2007 at 9:31 am

    19th July, sounds good. 😉

  • Anonymous

    21 January 2008 at 4:43 am


  • Gunner

    24 January 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Are you still going ahead with the “Recce” drive, Denny, if so, be sure you post and give us a commentary on your view of the route, the gradients, etc., etc.

  • Anonymous

    24 January 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Recce drive tomorrow (Friday 25th Jan) will be posting my findings some time tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    25 January 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Right did the Reece drive today….Listening to Gunners advice on Sunday (20th Jan) and having a look at the route I’ve decided to change the route…ie basically do a re route. The route will use the main road (which I’d hoped to avoid) from Guisborough to Whitby.

    The start will still be the same. Staring times will appear later on.

    Took a couple of pics while I was driving around:-

    On the climb out of Kildale.

    Near Commondale

    Near Castleton

    Egton Bridge and the River Esk

    Was a nice, but cold, drive out and the driving kept me on me toes as the roads were a bit anorexic shall we say…Anyway let’s hope there’s a few to do it. Like I’ve said it’s not just for Roadies, MTB’s, tourers, Hybrids in fact any form of push bike is welcome. 😉

  • Gunner

    25 January 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Some nice pic’s there Denny 😉

    That climb out of Kildale in the first picture is an absolute sod isn’t, doesn’t go on for very long, but God is it steep and you can’t really get much of a run at it because of that sharp bend at the bottom over the little bridge 🙄 🙄

    That climb into Castleton is juicy as well, I take it it is the one from Dibble Bridge, where you pass the crossroads half way up and a right turn would lead you to Westerdale, that’s a good one for blasting the legs 😳 😳

    Hate to think I’d have to do those climbs with out the benefit of a triple ring, I’m rather fond of my knees I’m afraid 😳 😳

  • Anonymous

    25 January 2008 at 11:51 pm

    I know what you mean Gunner…I thought it couldn’t get any worse then I came across “Limber Hill” 😯 it too is only short but it’s steep with it and the hairpin at the start doesn’t help much….I was on 1st gear in the car!!! 😯

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