Saturday, October 01, 2016


Fancy a time trail to test your autumn condition?
The Imps want some competition and support? they are using the new course used earlier this year in the open event. Barkisland - Buckstones - Outlane - Buckstones - Barkisland Course. HQ is Greetland Community Centre. This is a CTT event, entry on the day with a £2  entry fee.
What about a team? Will need to be at HQ around 9.15 as its around 10 to 15 mins to start on main buckstones road at Barkisland boundary, assume close to our road race start. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

AGM Date Amendment & a few forthcoming activities

The notice of AGM I posted recently gave the wrong date, it should have read Monday the 10th of October (not Monday the 11th) thanks to Phil Haigh for noticing this mistake.

Saturday 1st October - As part of Simon's build up to next years London-Edinburgh-London he's wanting to do at least one 200k ride a month over the winter months. We're going to kick off the series this coming Saturday with the Flat Earth Fortune's 200, a 200k ride round the Vale of York, starting and finishing in Brighouse. Meeting 8am outside Websters, adjacent to the Sainsbury's roundabout. The route can be viewed and uploaded from

Sunday 9th October - Season of Mists Audax or Calderdale MTB Challenge.

Sunday 30th October - National Hill Climb Champs, Matlock.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Weekend Roundup

Busiest Condor this past weekend was Chris Smith, pictured above at the first of his four hill climb events, the Rivington Pike climb on Saturday morning. Chris finished 7th overall on the climb, at least thats what the finish sheet says, but Chris is not so sure. He has reason to believe that the timekeeper completely missed him crossing the line and he was awarded his time of 8min 40.8secs only after a protest.

After a quick lunch of salmon and pasta Chris was back to more familiar ground at the Halifax Imps climb on Stocks Lane at Luddenden, a very well supported event where he had, not just numerous Imps to race against but also opposition from within our own ranks in the form of Gary Mitchell, seen above on his way to knocking over 20 seconds from his best time on the climb. Chris finished with a time of 6min 00.6secs for 15th overall whilst Gary was 27th with a time of 7.42.5.

On Sunday Chris went west, taking part in the Lancaster Road Club's double header. Kicking off with the well known Jubilee Tower climb at mid day Chris grabbed 7th overall with 8.35.6. Then a couple of hours later he faced the shorter but steeper climb of Conder Bottoms where he recorded 9th place with 2.21.7. Well done Chris !

Whilst Chris and Gary were sprinting up short hills Adrian Lord had taken on a very different challenge, the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross. Billed as 'the hardest 'Cross in the world', few would argue with that description. Adrian recorded a time of 4hr 54min 48secs to place 399th out of the 537 finishers in the race where finishing at all is a huge achievement. If you look at this blog Adrian, we'd like you to do a write up of your day - I know you're a 1st class blogger.

Whilst Phil Haigh continues his recovery from the recent accident he is spending his time either buying new bikes or travelling to bike shows. The below snap is taken on Sunday at the NEC Bike Show at Birmingham where he spotted himself and Neil King on a poster on the stage where Ned Boulting was interviewing Callum Skinner. The picture shows them on the Nick o' Pendle watching last years TOB.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Notice of AGM and whats happening this weekend.

Monday 11th October - We're having our AGM on Monday the 11th of October, 8pm at the Travelers, Hipperholme, all members to attend if possible.

Saturday 24th Sept - Its the Imps Hill Climb up Stocks Lane at Luddenden, 1st man off at 1pm. Our own climbing specialist Chris Smith is off number 31, this year he has competition from within the Condor in the form of Gary Mitchell, last man off at number 43. Presentations will take place afterwards at the Lord Nelson.

Sunday 25th Sept - Its the 3 Peaks Cyclo X, I've arranged to meet Simon at 8am at Denholme Gate, so we'll be at the Skipton Road Roundabout, Keighley 8.30. This will give us plenty of time to get to Cold Cotes in time to see the leaders hit the road after Ingleborough. From Cold Cotes we'll ride the course to Ingleton and Chapel-le-Dale then up to Ribblehead to see the leaders come off Whernside. Then its down to Horton and Helwith Bridge for lunch at the finish line.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sunday 18th Sept. West Marton

All welcome to meet at Keighley roundabout 09.00 for a "steady potter" to West Marton with Ian and myself.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Weekend Roundup & Mountain Bike for sale

Bad weekend for the recently crowned TLI National Road Race Champion (over 70's), John Ginley who was brought down in a crash on the first day of the Audlem CC 2 day 3 stage road race in south Cheshire. Thankfully it resulted in cuts and bruises rather than broken bones but it forced him to retire and spend the rest of his weekend repairing his bike. 

Gary Mitchell and John Lumb the 2nd had a good day on Sunday taking part in the Ravensthorpe CC 120 mile Sutton Bank ride staying with the fast group of this popular ride which is held to raise funding for the Kirklees Cycling Acadamy. I understand Simon was also there but as KCA Coach dedicated himself to shepherding the youngsters.

Oakworth Steve and his mate Andy Myers managed to get more for their money than the rest of us when they strayed off course in the Evans Cycles King of the Pennines Sportive from Skipton College on Sunday, adding some extra miles to what was already a challenging route taking in some classic Dales climbs including Malham Cove, Darnbrook, Fleet Moss and Park Rash. I was happy with my ride in this event finishing 8th fastest out of the 100 or so on the long route according to the results (although several of those ahead of me hadn't stuck to the official route).

Mountain Bike For Sale

Specialized Rockhopper, 26" wheels with new tyres, XT gears, good condition £250.
Contact Steve Stanger on 07587 176418

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sunday 28th Sept

The mountain bike section (Garry Traviss and me so far) are meeting at the Calder & Hebble junction at 9am Sunday We're planning to ride out to Holmfirth to recce' the Holme Valley MTB Challenge route.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Brian Wins Vets National 25

Congratulations to Brian who on Sunday overcame the previous weeks disappointment at 'only' taking silver in the VTTA National 50 by conquering all before him in the National 25. Below pic. and report copied from the VTTA Facebook page.   
The last of the Association’s Championships took place on a course near Alcester in Warwickshire on the 21 August.
It was promoted ostensibly by the National Committee but its success was down wholly to the work of the Midlands Group under the guiding hand of ex-president Alan Colburn.
Brian Sunter was a clear winner on a windy morning although the threatened rain did not materialise. Brian, a previous champion at 30 miles 100 miles and 50 miles (six times) was delighted to record a gold medal at this popular distance.
David Hargreaves from North Lancashire proved the trip was worthwhile with second, whilst local rider, Philip Brown, took the bronze.
Liz Powell, also a local, was a clear winner from the women with Alison Vessey, a medal winner in every Championship this year, gaining another silver medal. Sarah Soden, from Nottingham was third.
The team prize went to the Yorkshire trio of Brian Sunter, Blair Buss and Tony Stott.

Whilst Brian has been chasing national honors Chris Smith has been riding more local roads taking 3rd place in the Malcolm Eccles Memorial 2 stage TT. Well done Chris, no wonder you dropped me up Park Rash last Sunday (although I'm sure I would have beaten you to the top if I had one of those helmets). Thanks to Jessica Talbot for the photos from the event.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Updates & forthcoming events & MTB for sale

Glad to report that Phil has been plated and screwed and kicked out of LGI on Thursday. He may be bloodied but sounds unbowed, he even called in at Evans on his way home from hospital and bought a new bike. I think it may be a while before we see him tucking into a plate of chips on a Wednesday lunch stop but he was beginning to get too fit anyway. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

I think everyone enjoyed our trip to Wensleydale last Sunday, thanks to Ian for the above pic. taken outside our lunch spot. Can I suggest that we meet at the same times this coming Sunday, 8am Denholmgate, 8.30 Skipton Road roundabout, Keighley for another trip up into the Dales. I'm suggesting Coverdale, Jervaulx and Nidderdale but this can be amended dependent on the weather.

Veterans TTA National 50 mile Championships.
Brian took 2nd place on the podium at last Sundays Vets 50 Champs in Hampshire. Whilst we are all in awe of his achievements Brian himself was disappointed not to retain the trophy he had won for the previous 4 years.

A few imminent local events -

Saturday 27th August - The Old 240 Audax, 5.30am Mytholmroyd, a scenic 260 mile challenge organised by Chris Crossland and his CTC Calderdale team. Gary Mitchell is keen to ride, so am I dependent on the weather. Chris Smith may also be joining the fun.

Sunday 4th September - I've entered the Evans King of the Pennines sportive, a superb route and 1st class organisation from Skipton College. Unfortunately, and I did'nt know at the time I entered the Evans event it clashes with the Ravensthorpe 120 miler to Sutton Bank, a really good day thats very well supported by many local clubs. On top of that its also the Mary Townley Loop Challenge. A case of all the buses coming at once.

Sunday 11th September - Holme Valley MTB Challenge.

Sunday 18th September - Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge, Oxenhope.

Whyte 629 MTB for sale, excellent condition, 2 x 10 Sram gearing, lock out forks, 29" wheels, never crashed, immaculate, bargan at £450. email or contact me on 07549821349

Monday, August 15, 2016

News Update

Still waiting for news as to how Brian fared in his defense of the Vets National 50 mile TT Champs.

Unfortunately I have to report some bad news, our club mate Phil Haigh (pictured above shaking hands with Paul) was knocked off his bike yesterday on his way home from work. He was descending Godley Cutting when a taxi pulled across his path. He required surgery for injuries including broken elbow and hand, dislocated shoulder, 2 x chipped vertebrae, bruised and swollen forehead and other bruising and grazing and is currently detained at LGI. I know I speak for all his cycling mates when I wish him a speedy recovery.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday 14th August

Best wishes for Brian who defends his Veterans National 50 mile time trial title in Hampshire on Sunday.

For those not otherwise engaged, the club run takes us to Wensleydale this Sunday. Meet at Denholme Gate 8am or Skipton Road roundabout, Keighley 8.30. Straight up Wharfedale, Langstrothdale, Fleet Moss, lunch at Bainbridge, Thornton Rust, Bishopdale, Kidstones and back down Wharfedale. A great days ride in the offing - don't miss it - should be home by 3 ish,

Friday, August 05, 2016

Sunday 7th August

Good luck to Peter and Paul and any other disciples joining them for Saturdays challenge.

Anyone fancying a ride of less biblical proportions is welcome to meet 09.00 at Keighley roundabout on Sunday for a ride to Feizor.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Whats Happening

Friday 5th August - Mountain bike morning, meeting Causeway Foot 9.30am for Thornton Moor, Stairs & Hardcastle Craggs.

Saturday 6th August - Fancy a challenge ? Paul and I are having a bash at doing the West Yorkshire Cycle Route in a day. The .GPX file states 158 miles; it doesn't mention the climbing but I don't think its flat. We're meeting up at King Cross at 6.15am to join the route at Mytholmroyd for a clockwise circuit. I've told Paul we're doing it in steady touring mode - I may have to keep  reminding him.

Sunday 7th August - Think I may be staying in bed all day so I'm relying on someone else posting a ride.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Brian Smashes National Record & whats on this weekend

Thanks to Ian for the photo. If only I could get to the top first there would be more pics of Condors climbing.

Top story this week is of the evergreen Brian Sunter who last Saturday smashed his own British age record for the 10 miles time trial with an astounding time of 20minutes 43secs. Thats not far off 30mph - can't find any more details as reports are not yet on the web.
As Brian goes from strength to strength on the time trialling scene Grimpy is maintaining a high profile for the jersey on the vets road racing circuit taking another category win on Sunday. Again I apologise for having no further details.
Young Chris Smith continues his winning ways at mid-week time trials, last Tuesday he didn't only record the fastest time of the evening in the Imps race, 2 laps round the Norland circuit but he also broke the course record with his time of  18.08.

Our numbers were down on usual at the Good Companions 200k Audax on Sunday with just 3 of us on the startline, Gary Mitchell, Adrian Lord and myself. We soon settled in to a good pace with the 3 of us doing big chunks of the work at the front of the pack, Adrian in particular showed us all that his training for this weekends Ride London Sportive is paying dividends, Once at the cafe control at Glasson Dock, Gary (and his mate from the CTC, Simon Roberts) showed cunning beyond his years by getting his card stamped and jumping back onto his bike whilst the rest of us waited an eternity for our posh-nosh. The plan worked and they were back at Mytholmroyd and enjoying the CTC Calderdale hospitality before the rest of us. Myself and honory Condor 'Jeronimo' were next to finish with Adrian not far behind. Once again this Chris Crossland/Calderdale CTC event excelled all expectations, no other Audax comes near the quality of Chris' events, thank's from all who took part.

What's Coming this weekend -

Friday 29th July - meet Salterhebble Lock, 8.30am for MTB morning, destination Wessenden - route planner Paul Daly to whom all complaints should be made.

Sunday 31st July - again meet Salterhebble but at 9am on road bikes, we're taking Jeronimo for a social ride round the RvC climbs before he goes home to Mallorca next week. We'll be re-grouping at the top of the climbs and enjoying one or two cafe stops. Paul, Gary, Simon and myself have comitted ourselves so far and all welcome.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Not the best conditions last Saturday if you're looking to record a super fast 100, the windy conditions causing half the field in the YCF time trial at Thirsk to be either DNS or DNF. However our man Chris Smith always enjoys a challenge and finished 12th fastest with a time of 4hrs 12min 38secs.
Also on Saturday but at the other side of the country Brian was in action in the Border City Wheelers 10 on the A66 west of Keswick where he recorded a good time of 22.52 against the winners 20.39.
Simon went one second faster the following day in the Selby CC 10 out on the Hull course, his 22.51 knocking several minutes off his PB in his first season time trialling, obviously the speed training we did on our Humber Bridge ride the other week is paying dividends.

Four Condors turned up at Keighley for the Bronte Sportive, a tough 88 mile circuit which when it wasn't going up hill was going down hill. Mel, Paul Daly, Pete Whiteley and myself  started together shortly before 9am having numerous earlier starters to chase down kept us focused, Mel, Paul and I completing the 'Monster' and Pete the 'Little Monster' (which was far from little, Pete had over 100 miles and 11,000 ft of climbing in by the time he got home). A really good day was had by all with a barbie at the finish before we retired to The Boltmakers for a pint of Timmy Taylors finest.

Whilst we were being pampered in the Bronte, Steve Thewlis and Andy Myers were getting in the big miles at the Yorkshire Mixture 200k Audax from Otley. Not happy with a mere 200k they rode out and back topping over 160 miles for the day, hard men that they are.

This coming Sunday its the Good Companions 200k Audax from Mytholmroyd (8.30am), if you want to beat Melvin's record you will have to ride at least the last 50k with your saddle in your back pocket. Entries are being accepted on the day.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Our racing men were in action around the country last weekend with Chris grabbing a good 5th place in the Nelson Wheelers 10 mile TT on Saturday. Brian braved the rain and wind up on Teeside in the Hartlepool Whs 10 where he took 1st place on age standard and pocketed the £50 prize. On Sunday Grimpy traveled down to the Midlands for the LVRC  OMLOOP VAN DER DRIES DORPEN  32 mile road race, the term road race not being exactly correct as 40 % was on unmade tracks. Results are not yet published but we can be pretty sure John won his age group as he was the only 'G' in the race. Our friend from 3RT, Dave Micklethwaite (aka Pinkie) had a good day taking 3rd place overall.

This coming Saturday Chris ups the distance when he takes part in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 100 mile TT up on the Thirsk course, good luck Chris, hope the weather's kind. Brian's another busy weekend with a 10 mile event on Saturday on the A66 between Bassenthwaite and Keswick before joining Grimpy in East Yorkshire on Sunday for the Tour of the Wolds Road Race. Simon is down to ride the Selby CC  10 on the Hull course on Sunday but I'm not sure if his recent dislocated shoulder injury (fell off his MTB) is sufficiently healed.

Closer to home and hopefully in a less competitive environment Paul, Mel & myself are down to ride the Bronte Sportive from Keighley, Ian is threatening to join us for this challenging route, anyone else that fancies riding this very hilly event the good news is that entries are being accepted on the day - go to the Sue Ryder website for further details. I'm meeting Paul at Denholme Gate at 8am to ride to the start from the Bradford University Keighley Campus where we intend to cross the timing mat shortly before 9am.

Also on Sunday is the Yorkshire Mixture 200k Audax Event from Otley, a fine ride up though Wharfedale and over to Wensleydale and Swaledale before returning to Otley through the Vale of York. Oakworth Steve and Andy are entered. 

Monday, July 04, 2016

Condor Buckstone RR Sunday July 3rd

I am pleased to report a successful event. The majority of the participants seemed to enjoy what we might describe as a testing parcour. The feedback in particular on the marshalling was all positive. For myself the stress levels were reduced due to the large turnout of members, friends and imperial wheelers it's not often you have a marshall from New Zealand?  Thank You for taking time out to support the event. Our only rider Melvin finished 2nd in his category, taking home a prize.
The results were spot on from Ian and JK with nobody contesting the positions.
On reflection i was advised we need someone to assist the finish area and will endeavour to
allocate someone next year? Full Results are already on the LVRC web site. Thanks again.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A bit more news and this coming weekend

First of all  I omitted to mention in the previous blog entry that Brians 1.56.45 in last Sundays 50 mile TT is in fact a new British record for his age group knocking 1min 27secs off the previous record set in 2007 by Derek Hodgins. So far this season he's broken the British age group records for 10, 25 and 50 miles - AWESOME!

Brians apprentice, Padiham Chris, continued his fine vein of form yesterday evening in the Cragg Vale Hill Climb where he recorded a time of 16min 53secs to claim 6th place overall from a good field of 60 odd entries, a personal best up the Cragg for Chris . I guess we've all ridden up the longest continuous climb in the country several times so we understand how good 16 minutes is, great ride Chris, keep it up.

Due to marshaling duties at Grimpy's road race on Sunday Simon and I have planned to get a few steady miles in on Saturday meeting in Brighouse (o/s Websters at bottom of Hudds Rd) at 7am. We plan to do a Humber Bridge circuit having breakfast at Selby and returning through Thorne and West Bretton (about 150m). Anyone who fancies joining us get to Brighouse for 7am.

Sunday July 17th - There's a lot on this day with the Bronte Sportive and the Yorkshire Mixture Audax from Otley both being events Condors have been happy to support but I've been tempted away from the road and entered the Moors Marathon 100k MTB ride, Its a great big circuit around the North York Moors from just north of Pickering. Mel and I rode it some years ago and I'm looking forward to having another go. Entries can be made here

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Racing Updates etc.

A busy weekend just gone for Condor Road Club riders. Chris Smith seems to have moved up a level this season regularly taking wins and second placings in local mid week 10's he's moving up the leader boards in the top open events. On Sunday, in less than perfect conditions he recorded a personal best time for 50 miles in the Otley CC event at Dishforth recording an impressive time of 1hr 51min 17secs for 10th place overall behind Mark Thaxters winning 1.43.30. Brian recorded 1hr 56min 45secs, a very impressive time as well but I can't find any vets standards results.
Chris had ridden the Bridlington CC Sporting 10 on Saturday doing a 23min 35sec ride. Unfortunately he doesn't know who or what time won the event.

Grimpy rode the Yorkshire Vets Criterium Champs at the York closed circuit on Sunday taking 2nd place in his age category, the winner being former Huddersfield rider Richard Booth. John's having a good season alteady having secured 1st place in the LVRC National Points Series having an unassailable lead with several rounds left to go.

Simon continues to chip away at his 10 mile PB on the challenging Sovereign course on the Penistone road south of Huddersfield recording 26min 47secs last Thursday evening.

In the 'not supposed to be a race' events Gary Mitchell and John Lumb (the 2nd) had a good night out taking part in the Calderdale CTC, Morcambe Midnight Madness ride, both amassing 130 odd miles at a brisk pace in what I understand was good weather conditions. This event had been off my radar but by the sound of it was a great success, we'll have to endeavor to whip up enthusiasm from more Condors next year.

Looks like Mel was on good form in the White Rose Classic 112 mile Sportive on Sunday recording an average speed of 17.6 mph for the route which includes about 10000 ft of climbing over such Dales Classics as Fleet Moss and the Coal Road.

Topping the Condor leader board last week for both the distance ridden, longest single ride and altitude climbed was Steve Thewlis with 394 miles, 158.7 his longest single ride and 23,156ft climbed. Steve rode the Coast to Coast Cycleway with others from his employers, BAM Construction, raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. He also rode to the start and home from the finish.
Also riding with the Bam team was occasional Condor guest Andy (I understand he's saving up to join the Condor).

Good to see Damien getting keen again and topping 300 for the week, and including 22,661 ft of climbing.

Just a reminder again, its Grimpy's road race this coming Sunday and marshal's need to be at Greetland Community Centre for 9am to be allocated their duties.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Successful Weekend for the Condor

It was our evergreen tester Brian who set the scene for a weekend of success for the Condor when he knocked 51 seconds off the British record for his age when he recorded a time of 54 min 36 secs in the Yorkshire Road Club 25 mile time trial on Sarurday.

Sunday saw the 1st ever 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge, a 39 mile ride from Wharfedale School at Threshfield. A super route taking the ride west along the bridleways towards Bordley and Mastiles Lane then round the Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway and the over the exposed tops and down to Littondale followed by a couple of stings in the tail with a hard little loop from Conistone to Grassington, then to the surprise of many, instead of going back to Threshfield we took a left turn up the road to the old mines at Yarnbury and down to Hebden.
We had a good turnout from the club. As you can see from the above pic. Nigel, Simon, Mel and Paul bagged places at the front of the starting grid (Ian and Steve Barker were busy warming up and I was on photography duties).
A short time after the start, in fact I think we were still in the neutralized zone, I saw that Paul and Mel were pulling away from us mere mortals in a little elite group. I must admit I expected Mel and Paul to have an event long battle with the younger and in-form Mel to emerge as the victor but this was not to be and the old man of New Zealand emerged not just as the 1st Condor but he was 1st back overall having established a break and worked well with a Spanish lad currently domiciled in Yorkshire. Mel was in 4th place, as it wasn't a race no results have been published but Paul tells me I scraped in the top ten. A strong looking Simon wasn't far behind with Steve, Ian and Nigel all finishing strongly and full of praise for the event. Not a bad result for a ROAD club.


I appreciate the message board section shows the event however most of you young savvy guys and girls look at the blog through your smart phones and to my knowledge the message section only appears on your PC
Ive just completed the start list and we have 75 riders in total. Three events as last year Mels down for the over 50's race.
It’s on the Scammonden circuit again. Firstly thanks again for everyone's kind support last year. Riders will leave HQ (Greetland Community Centre) at approx. 9.45, marshals required from approx. 9.00 with event finish at approx. 12.30.Please put it your diary. To meet safety requirements we need in total approx 15 members and/or friends. Look forward to seeing you, got my prayer mat out hoping for the same great response as last year
Cheers Grimpy

Thursday, June 16, 2016

3 Dales MTB Challenge & Woody's American Adventure

There's still places available for entry on the day for the 3 Dales MTB Challenge on Sunday. Headquarters is the Upper Wharfedale School, Threshfield which will be open from 7.45am for registration. Its a mass start at 9 o' clock.
Routes can be viewed here for the long, and for the shorter event.

Best wishes to Dave Woodhead who's just set off on his ride from Canada to Mexico, you can keep up with Dave's progress on his blog at

Monday, June 13, 2016

Whats Happening

Great day out on yesterdays club run to How Stean where we were joined for lunch by Martin and Andy (aka Eric) from VS, who are putting the finishing touches to their Marmotte Granfondo preparations .
In order to give us time for a long route home on quiet back roads we took a fairly direct route there going over Cringles to Bolton Bridge and suffering a couple of miles of the A59 before turning off on to the peace and tranquility of the lanes through West End and Stone House. Nidderdale was looking magnificent in the summer sunshine as we descended from Yorke Folly down to Pateley Bridge.
Steve Barker turned off up Peat Lane anxious to get home so he could put in an afternoons work whilst we took the back lane up from Pateley to Wath then onto our lunch spot.
The return home was quite challenging with Peat Lane chosen to lift us out of Nidderdale rather than the busier Greenhow. We then made our way to Burnsall, Thorpe and Gargrave with our New Zealand section battling with a resurgent Damien. Pete W declined the opportunity to experience the hors-category Sidegate Lane and I was so far off the back that I couldn't see who took the honors but on checking Strava my fears were confirmed when I saw Paul had taken my o.65's KoM.
Over Earl Cragg and Slippery Ford the rain started. After a brief cup of tea stop at Paul's mates house in Oakworth the rain jackets were donned as the rain got heavier, seeping into my Garmin and denying me the 10,000 ft of ascent I'd intended to record.

Whilst we were enjoying the more social side of cycling, Mel, Brian & Grimpy were at Sheriff Hutton competing in the Clifton CC LVRC Road Race. Congratulations to Mel who took 3rd place in his age category. I have no results for Brian or John.

Sunday 19th June - Four or five Condor have entered the 3 Dales MTB Challenge from Grassington. See the Sue Ryder web site for further details.

Sunday 26th June - White Rose Sportive. Classic event from Ilkley RUFC.

Sunday 3rd July - Condor Road Race, round the Buckstones/Scammonden course again, If you're not riding the event you're needed for marshaling duties.

Sunday 10th July - Evans Duncombe Park Sportive. Based at Helmsley and taking in the North Yorks Moors and Ryedale.

Sunday 17th July - Bronte Sportive - a hilly challenge from Keighley, another Sue Ryder event, always worth taking part, really good organisation.

Sunday 24th July - Good Companions 200k Audax from Halifax (or for the more ambitious there's the 3 Coasts 600 on Saturday).

Friday, June 10, 2016

A few updates and Sunday 12th June

Our racing men have been proving to be in fine form recently. Last Saturday in the Drighlington Bicycle Club 10 mile Time Trial on a course near Hull, Brian set a new British age record, knocking a massive 29 seconds off the 2010 record set by former BBAR and End to End record holder John Woodburn. His average speed of 27.97mph gave him a time of 21min 27secs, this may be a surprise to the many people who believed him when he told them he's struggling this year and may as well retire from competition, but it doesn't surprise me.

Chris is also notching up the wins, I'm missing being able to cast a critical eye over his training regime on Strava but he's obviously doing something right as he had another win this week, on Tuesday, in the SPOCO (Sporting Courses) 22 mile Time Trial on the Bowland by Bowland / Paythorne Moor course.

Not a great forecast for this Sunday but the rain should be warmer than it was a month ago. Proposed club run is to the excellent cafe at How Stean Gorge. I had it in mind the we could return via Coverdale but we'll see what day brings us. Meet 0830hrs Denholme Gate or 0900hrs Keighley.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Sunday 5 June

We're planing a jolly jaunt this week over the hills and not so far away.
A start has been decreed meeting 09:00 in Hebden Bridge.
A route has been suggested with mention of Slaidburn via Cow Ark, though other options are still under consideration and can be adjusted to suit all comers.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Trevor Lever Memorial Skipton & Back Ride

It felt more like 'The 3RT Chain Gang' with the boys in red & black well out numbering everyone else. The Condor had good representation with fast Chris, Steve Thewlis, Peeps, Phil Haigh, Pete Whiteley, brother Nige and I spotted the Fortunes, major & minor turning at Denholme to join the ride. Apologies if I missed anyone.
It seems an unseasonaly cold and windy evening is not unusual for this ride and maybe riding fast is the best way to keep warm. Chris was prominent on the front & Nige was active bridging gaps as we were buffeted over the Flappit & down to Keighley. The pace to Skipton was a bit erratic, with Team 3RT in a non co-operating mood, with riders either going off the front or allergic to going near it.
On the return leg chaos ensued at Kildwick roundabout with the usual confusion about the route & our Chris disappeared for a while.
Knowing it would kick off at Ingrow I got the first dig in - calculating that I could slip back on to wheels that were more my pace. Sure enough the young guns came good and I watched a group of 6 ride away, and with the strong tail wind, at big ring pace. I kept at it on my own & caught up the group at the top of the tip (it included Neil who I drafted in from Ilkley CC). Two of the young 'uns were up the road but our group swelled as Chris TT'd his way back up & then did sterling work on the front- surprising some of the fast lads who had likely underestimated our mudguarded and understated Condor hard man.
A gallop for the finish saw me 5th finisher just behind Neil and Chris following on - so not total 3RT domination ! I believe the time was around 1hr 26mins but I can't give you more names & times as I returned straight back to my car  - without having a pint !

NOTE - Most unlike me but I've entered a mountain bike challenge if it appeals to anyone. It's by the organisers of the Sue Ryder Bronte Sportive, on June 19th from Grassington & going over the moors around Malham & Settle 39miles-26 offroad.

Business as usual this Sunday. Tour of Cambridgeshire UCI Gran Fondo - closed roads and, apparently, a scary fast thrash.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Message from Kev Brown re this Sundays Yorks Div RR Champs and Brian's Vets National 10

Dear All,

As you know, the BC Yorkshire Regional Events Team have formed a working group to promote the 2016 Yorkshire Regional Road Race Championships. This year the event will be held on the Upper Denby circuit which is a smaller version of the Upper Cumberworth circuit. We are now just a few weeks away from the event and are seeking help with volunteers on the day and help in promoting the event. Everything is shaping up quite nicely and we are out tomorrow walking around the circuit, meeting residents and letter dropping to each house on route to give notice of the event.

Could I ask you all the promote the link below and flyer attached to your club and cycling contacts. 

Article here:

If you would like to help, please let Ashley Brown or myself know and we’ll allocate you a job! Most have done already which is great news.

Congratulations to Brian who celebrated his 73rd birthday by taking the bronze medal in the Veterans National 10 mile Time Trial Championship on a course in Lincolnshire on Saturday 21st of May. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Trevor Lever Memorial Ride

Just a reminder, this Wednesday, the 1st of June, its The Trevor Lever Memorial Ride, a 32 mile ride to Skipton and back. 6.45 pm from the Causeway Foot Inn, Ogden, Halifax. Always a well supported ride followed by a social gathering in the Causeway Foot Inn. £2 on the night to enter,

I'm a bit out of touch with racing news at the moment, not having seen Brian or Grimpy for a few weeks I haven't had the opportunity to prize information from them. Chris has continued to be active on the TT front. He and Brian rode the Holme Valley Wheelers 25 last Saturday, Chris recording a 58 min ride and Brian a 59, although I don't know who the winner or his time is. Chris had a good ride in the Halifax Imps Mountain Trial in poor conditions last Wednesday evening coming 4th overall and Simon made his Open TT debut last Sunday in the BBM Revolution 10 on the Fairburn course recording a 25 min ride, which is 2 minutes faster than his only previous 10 - he's hoping to continue a similar rate of improvement and reckons that Alex Dowset's national record for the distance will be under threat after another four 10's .

Paul, Chris and myself had a good day out at The Struggle sportive, from the Army College at Harrogate a week last Sunday. A hilly 108 mile loop round the Dales taking in many of the most feared climbs including a newly resurfaced Park Rash.

I think the ride of the week must go to Melvin who rode the 165.6 miles to Kippford in Scotland for his holidays, at an average speed of  18.8 mph - he did however have a half hour stop en-route.

Hope to see a good turn out on Wednesday, Pete