Friday, January 13, 2017

Memory Lane

I managed to capture one of Bernard's photos - we think it was the A1, or possibly the A64. Either way riding two abreast on a main artery was fine with traffic like this. Even as a bystander rather than a participant it was interesting to see the slideshow and it made for a good afternoon.
The friendly chat, tasty lunch and brown beer may have helped too.
Ian
ps - Peter I hope that you are back riding soon. We didn't know where to go without you there to captain the ride. Brian says he is still having nightmares about going over Herders and Widdop in one ride.

1 comment:

  1. At least I can't be blamed this time. Still not 100%, chest a lot better today but think I'll have to write this weekend off, It's over to you for club run.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Condor Road Club Trophy Winners 2016

Our annual ride-out lunch and presentation took place at te Robin Hood, Cragg Vale last Sunday. Founder member (67 years ago) Gordon Turner was there to make the awards. 

!st trophy was for the greatest distance covered in the year in organised rides such as Audax, Sportive and Reliability rides. Pete Horne took this award with a total of 2051 miles, with Steve Thewlis in 2nd place at 1543 miles (including a double Coast to Coast) with Mel Hartley 3rd at 617 miles.


Best All Rounder Fastest average speed over 10. 25, 50 & 100 mile time trials. Chris Smith took this award for the 2nd year running with PB's at all distances.  Had CRC a hill climb trophy Chris would have also won that, representing Condor with distinction in many local climbs in addition to the National Championship at Matlock.


25 mile Time Trial Champion Once again awarded to Brian Sunter, but simply to call Brian the 25 champion would hardly do justice to another outstanding season. He knocked over a minute off John Woodburn's 10 mile age group record when he recorded 20min 44secs. at 25 miles he recorded another British age record with 54min 36secs. The British record also fell at 50 miles when he recorded 1hr 56min 45secs. Brian's main targets for the year were the VTTA National Championship events at 10, 25, 30 &  50 mile distances. Travelling the country to achieve his ambitions he made the podium at all 4 distances winning gold at 25 miles, the blue ribbon event of the vets calender.


Road Race & Off-Road Trophy's Whilst Melvin dabbled his toes into the cut and thrust of veterans road racing in 2016 with a 2nd in the Condor event, 3rd in the Clifton CC, 5th in the Imps race and 5th in the Tour of Cambridgeshire UCI Gran Fondo the trophy was retained by John Ginley with a 1st place overall in the LVRC o'65's Road Race Series and 2nd place overall in the season long Percy Stallard Competition.
As we all know John is an outstanding cyclo-x rider but he'd been fighting injury for much of the early part of 2016 and was doubtful that he would ever be able to resume his 'cross career. However, after a season road racing he started testing his legs off-road, was not unhappy with the result and sent his entry in the the UCI World Masters 'Cross Championship in Moll, Belgium. The rest is history, a 2nd World Cyclo X gold medal.


I missed to 'Do' myself due to being struck down with man-flu so I would like to thank Phil Haigh for volunteering, at the last moment, to take over my duties at the function and also Phil (Sandy) Sanderson for organising it and collecting the money. I'm gutted about missing it, especially Bernard's slide show.


Thursday, January 05, 2017

A bit of nostalgia

Prompted by the thought of Bernard's forthcoming slideshow Adrian has put his own memory of a club run from those halcyon days from the early 80's onto paper  (well into the digital ether)


done my own 'reminiscence'here: http://adrianlordcycling.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/a-winter-bike-ride.html

A Winter Bike Ride


The 'social season' is a magical time for cycling in England. While summer has its long days and sunshine, there is something special about the winter. Frequently cold, windy, wet and dark, but still special.

I started cycling with a club when I was 14 or 15, in the early 1980s when our heroes were the 'hard men', Sean Kelly and Bernard Hinault. We were in no doubt that they would be clocking up the winter miles. Asked if the weather was ever too bad to go out training, Kelly replied "I go out and then when I get back I decide if it was too bad or not."



There was no club in my home town of Hebden Bridge, so it was almost always a solo 10 miles to start and finish the day, either along the Calder Valley or up over the lonely moors above Oxenhope. This is the story of a typical day.

In the silent early morning light I pedal down the valley to the rendezvous, along deserted roads with only the occasional bloke out to buy the morning paper or walk the dog. Although its light, the day has the kind of flat, grey lack of contrast when the sun has woken up but chosen to stay under a thick cloudy duvet.

A 9:00 start inevitably stretches until at least 15 minutes past. Arrangements and promises made after several pints the night before are sketchily remembered. 'I'm sure he said he was coming, but then he got talking to a lass.'...... A straggler turns up, out of breath. Ribald comments about his whereabouts the night before. I notice that his jersey is steaming on his back, like a racehorse in the winter chill.

On this occasion we're making a short run to the south and east of Yorkshire. It's not the picture postcard Dales, its pits and power stations, but it's flatter, easier cycling. Two of our number are miners. One, an ex-miner now, has a roly-poly stomach and the tell-tale 'wheeze' of a life underground, and is nicknamed 'Puffing Billy'. The other, still (just about) clinging onto his profession and earning decent money is a small wiry bloke. He always claims his job in the pit is to 'Lig abaht' (lie around) on a shelf cut in the rock at a junction on the underground line to make sure the coal trucks don't get derailed. I never did find out if this was true!

We climb out of the Calder Valley and through the historic parklands of Nostell Priory. First stop is a transport cafe, somewhere south east of Wakefield. There's a different type of Yorkshire accent in south Yorkshire, harder and broader than in West Yorkshire. The woman behind the counter has 'SHAFT' tattooed on her knuckles - more ribald comments, some of which I (an innocent 15 year old) don't understand! However, she is a scary-tough looking woman with short bleached hair, so the banter is subdued! Once again I'm amazed by how much food a bunch of skinny cyclists can put away. It's all bacon butties and beans washed down with gallons of tea - no scientific diets and designer coffee for us!

We saddle up for the second-half of the morning. I'm still a newbie so I never know quite where we are going, but every week follows the same pattern. The pace starts to pick up at about 12:00 and that signals that we're about half an hour from the pub. There's some final jostling for position and an ad-hoc sprint for the village sign, and then lunch. Which is often 'liquid'. While the 'grown ups' down as many pints as they can before Sunday closing at 2:00, we younger ones drift back outside after we've eaten. Someone has a tennis ball. We play wall-ball and then football, and then have a quick 'circuit race' around the village, or we hang about talking about the things that 15 year-olds talk about.

On that subject, we are an exclusively male bunch. The only female cyclists I ever see in our part of the world are World Champion Mandy Jones, Julie Earnshaw - a Tour Feminin rider, and Lisa Brambani - a good looking youngster already on the national squad. There's also the legendary Beryl Burton, but I only ever see her at time trials - and she's off with the favoured riders while I start very early in the morning with the no-hopers. The next summer I meet a French cycle tourist and spend a day in the Dales with her, making a total of five women I have seen cycling!

Our leaders emerge from the pub. Everyone is a bit merry. We set off back, across the flat-lands passing cloud-belching cooling towers and whirring pit heads.  A kestrel is hunting along the edges of one of the slag heaps, and winter starlings are lined up along the telephone wires. There's no wind and we bowl along effortlessly. Someone rides alongside, flapping his 'wings' like a Condor - the name of our club, its motif stamped on our chests.  Soon we're all at it, swooping along the road, arms outstretched. It's not long until nature calls and there's an unscheduled stop. We're barely off again when someone has a mechanical. It's just a chain off so we ride on slowly for him to catch up, but then somebody decides we'll hide. We slip through a gate and hide behind the hedge, while he rides past, looking for us on the road ahead. Then we quietly remount and slowly catch him up - but he's going faster and faster, still thinking we're ahead. By now we're just a few yards behind him. Somebody sniggers and the game is up. 'You bloody daft buggers!' he shouts. Angry at being made to look a fool.

There's another stop, but this time we pass through some gates, which are padlocked by a chain just wide enough to get a person and bike through. We're on a big tarmac drive through a country house estate. Somebody tells me the history of the place. A wealthy noble family was stupid enough to mine underneath their own home which is now abandoned, cracking and crumbling with subsidence. A herd of deer is grazing in the distance. It is completely still and quiet, just the swish of our tyres as we scurry on through.



Its already starting to get dark on this short winter day, and our lights are switched on. My winter bike is kitted out with a dynamo. I have put a bigger bulb in the back light, because the standard dynamo bulbs always 'pop' when going down the steep hills of Yorkshire. Now, the faster I go downhill, the brighter the light. The whirr of the dynamo wheel is a comfort in the dark, but also puts a bit extra drag onto tired legs. Every so often, a friendly hand rests on my back and gives me a push to keep me in the bunch.

As we get nearer to Calderdale, people peel off towards their homes. I can smell Sunday dinners and coal fires. The smells and warm glow from the houses seems to emphasise the cold and dark outside. I tick off the valley landmarks and mill towns: Ravensthorpe, Cooper Bridge, Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge and then a steep kick up towards the main road, and finally back to Hebden Bridge. Its been a great day but its always nice to be back home out of the elements.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Sunday's Ride-Out Lunch & Presentation




Just a reminder that its the Condor ride-out lunch and prize presentation this coming Sunday at the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale, meal booked for 1pm (roast beef & yorkshires + sweet, £15).A chance to celebrate our World and British Champions. Theres also a slide show by Bernard Boylan of the pictures he took during the 70's & 80's. Those who are riding there are meeting at Denholme Gate at 9.30am. Please let me know if you want to book a place, All welcome not just Condor members.



Grimpy and I have been collecting stats for the awards, please e-mail me your seasons results so we can make sure no mistakes are made. In particular the total distances achieved during 2016 for Audax/Sportive/Reliability Trophy - send them to petehorne@yahoo.co.uk

Friday, December 23, 2016

Condor Ride-Out Lunch & Presentation


Now that the Wednesday Vets Christmas lunch is fading into the mists of time its time to book your place at the annual lunch and presentation - 1pm Sunday 8th January at the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale.
In addition to having a British Vets time trial champion and a World Masters Cyclo-X  champion to celebrate we have Bernard Boylan's slide show of 70's & 80's Condor Road Club action.
As posted some weeks ago we're having roast beef & yorkshire pudd followed by apple crumble & custard, £15.00. Book your place with me, £5 deposit.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Round Robin (Cragg Vale Spiral)


Missed from he below list of Christmas activities is the Cragg Vale Spiral which takes place tomorrow, Sat 17th, 9.30am, starting outside the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale. Well worth riding, 3, 2, or 1 lap finishing at the Robin Hood for refreshments. All welcome. Unfortunately, in ignorance of the ride I'de already made other plans and Chris has horses to shoe so there'll be 2 less Condors than usual.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Cycling with the Condor


Sunday 18th December  Meet 9.30 Crossroads (top of Ingrow junct. with Haworth Rd) for Riley's Treat, Pecket Well, via Herders & Widdop - cafe stop en route.

Wednesday 21st December  Meet Shelf Roundabout 10am for Wednesday Vets Christmas Dinner at Robin Hood, Cragg Vale (meal booked for 1pm).

Christmas Eve  Meet Denholme Gate 9am or Keighley 9.30 for Wharfedale, lunch at Burnsall. Home mid afternoon.

Boxing Day  Meet Hebden Bridge 9.30am for Clarion House, Newchurch-in-Pendle (bring you own turkey butties and mince pies). Home mid afternoon.

Wednesday 28th December  Shelf Roundabout 10am for usual vets ride to wherever's decided on the day.

New Years Day  Meet 10am Brighouse for Holmfirth, Isle of Skye and Sowerby Bridge.

I have been justifiably reprimanded for being one of the small minority failing to wear our registered Condor Road Club clothing on last Sundays club run. It would be good to see everyone wearing our distinctive club kit. I'm putting together an order for some new kit from Force GB so if you need 'owt new just let me know and I'll order it.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Grimpy's World's Report



World Masters – A Weekend in Belgium  30 Nov to 3 Dec

 Podium Positions
1st John Ginley                          36.11
2nd Wilfred Senck  (GER)            38.57

3rd Herman Martins (BEL)           40.03
                                                             
After Peters blog comments it’s a pleasure to give further details.

Departed from Hull on the P & Q Euro port overnight ferry Wednesday night to arrive at my digs in Lommel mid- day Thursday. Lommel is an affluent small Belgium town I estimate about 40 km east of Antwerp and 12 km from the Race Venue Zilvermeer nr Mol.

Zilvermeer is what can best be described as a Center Park. With Lakes, pine forest and lots of sand. One small water lake as a semi circle of beach sand with it the normal water fun features. I arrived at Zilvermeer early afternoon to souse out the new circuit. I’ve previously ridden Zilvermeer as I recall 5 times between 2005 and 2010. During that period the circuit only had minor changes. It comprised 3 deep sand section interspersed with fast hard packed ground, tarmac sections, with small climbs and 2 sets of steps. I estimated the circuit required maybe 200m running the rest was rideable although some sectors were narrow. Since then UCI rules require a circuit must be at least 3m wide to ease passing and reduce rider blockages. Also a number of new buildings had been erected resulting in a complete revamp of the circuit.

First reaction more deep sand, lots of man-made obstacles. Circuit length approx. 3 Km with some tarmac sections, nice twisting loops through pine trees, plank soil steps followed by sharp soil descent and climb to eventually reach the beach. Close to 200m running to the water edged where you could jump back onto the bike, riding the hard packed sand around to the next deep sand section. Run through the sand to a small retaining wall over and back through some rideable sand to a loop the loop section. There were 3 man made loops great for TV basically climb up ride part or all loop back down and up again. After the last climb you turned into a sharp tricky fast descent (see pic). On first practice lap I ran down but I road it next time the trick was to try and hit the bottom diagonally to avoid a 360 roll. Ridding meant you had some momentum into a steep deep sand section with the bike on my back and it was up the stairway to heaven. Sharp right running down the sand to the bottom jump onto a fast rideable section to turn sharp right onto the beach. Run again to waters edge to ride maybe 100m off again to run through the pit section sharp left to leave the sand back on until you hit the auditorium steps. After the steps all rideable back to the road start. My concerns, too much running maybe 800m in deep sand very tiring. Decided 2 laps were enough, save my energy for tomorrow.



Friday Dec 2nd ‘D’ day Race Start 13.00

Arrived at Zilvermeer 11.00 checked bikes out, set up turbo, started warm up at 12.15 and completed by 12.45 off to pits to drop off spare bike to arrive at grid start around 12.50.
We are all announced and then told around 40 would start first combining 3 age groups + 65, +70 and +75. We are advised that we are at the back of the grid Mick Ives was there but my eyes were on Martin Herman’s the Belgium who had previously always finished in front of me and normally won, usually by more than one minute. I exchanged words asking him not to start too fast, checked is tyre’s, he had sand tyre’s, those with a fine diamond profile sort you would use on a grass track. I also noted his pressure was my guess around 1.5 bar I was 2 bar? But when I had them lower I was all over the road on tarmac and didn’t see much benefit in the sand, I was on what might best be described as intermediate tyres? Too late I was staying with my set up. My plan, keep him in site and bring him back without going into the red? Easy but could I execute it? Called up to grid commissaries checks tyre width ok, I’m off 'stop!' out comes laptop and his mate scans my down tube and bottom bracket for an electric motor? Better not joke like at my age I need one etc.?

Gun goes, we're off down throgh finish I manage to move up switch right then up steps, Herman passes me and manages to avoid 2 fallers comes out of rise around 20m in front, skill?

I gain some ground on fast section up to the beach.

On the beach jogging to the shoreline no change, remount, Senck (GER) passes me. Don’t panic get by off to jump retaining wall and onto the loops. I stay on down the descent and I’m up the sand bank down and back into the beach sector. I decide it’s easier to push the bike through the deep sand with just a slight weight deflection through the saddle rather than carry. 

We exit the sand, I’m catching Herman and at the top of the auditorium steps, I give it a go pass him heading for the end of the first lap. I don’t look back I just keep it a nice steady pace and I’m in the zone on the section to the beach. On the beach and jogging through the beach sector you pass the pits both going out and returning receiving lots of noise from the pit crews. Whilst most cheers are for other competitors this helps me as I can tell the gaps increasing when only minor noise as I pass. 



I hear shouts for Barrie Mitchell (Mick Ives team in younger age group) who I passed earlier but nothing for Herman. Confidence increases and I push on and manage to stay in front. Eventually the bell rings for the last lap and I dig in this time the beach sector brings more pain so I jump on near the end and manage to stay upright through some deep sand and realize the power required to make headway is perhaps beyond my fragile frame. I begin to observe that exiting my cleats is becoming more difficult due to sand ingress so to avoid crashing into the steps I decide to release early. Sound decision as I’m just out in time. I give my self a talking to (push with caution and stay upright to the finish) through to the finish line. I’m chuffed but commentator doesn’t verify my position. So I clamber up the steps to the finish booth to check position and am advised yes I’m first.


Podiums for all the days men’s and woman’s age groups are at 16.00. I arrive at 15.45 and eventually find the collection tent. It’s been a good day for the Brits with Dave McMullen, Vic Barnett and Tracey Fletcher also winning their age groups. Eventually we are called to the podium but we have a dispute. The commissaries results shows Van De Sluijs (NED) is 2nd Wilfred Senck doesn’t agree, eventually its clarified and we are on the podium to collect our medals flowers and pendants.  

Unfortunately by the time we arrive its dark and my iPhone pics are crap. But Peter says he can edit them so I’m sending pics and report to Peter who I hope will place it on our blog. (tried my best John but you are correct when you say they're crap, Peter)

Sundays Club Run


Meet Shelf roundabout 9.30 for Knaresborough

Friday, December 02, 2016

Grimpy - Championne du Monde. & Sundays Club Run


Massive congratulations to John (Grimpy) Ginley who earlier today won the rainbow jersey of World Masters Cyclo-Cross Champion in Moll, Belgium. 2nd was Wilfred Senck of Germany and 3rd was the favorite and 10 times previous World Masters Champ, Herman Martens of Belgium. I'm looking forward to John's full report and pics.


SUNDAY 4th DEC
Meet Hebden Bridge 9am (Park Gates) for The Green Jersey, Clitheroe via Pexwood Road

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Letter from New Zealand

Last Saturday whilst we were enjoying freezing fog in the valleys and icy roads the New Zealand section of the Condor Road Club was competing, together with another 3000 cyclists. in a hundred mile race round Lake Taupo in somewhat warmer conditions. Paul has sent the below report.


I have forwarded the event photo's resplendent in Condor colours, you will see me crossing the "finish" a bloody huge kite! Further up the road you turned off the road into the field where the timing mat was 20-30yds further away. I was that relieved and knackered I got off the bike and leant against saftey railings, 4-5yds short of the bloody mat. Nobody beckoned me forward and another rider I know did the same as me!
Once through the medal distribution area I found a spare piece of grass on which to collapse suffering big style with leg cramps and exhaustion, the last 30kms was tough but I knew I was on a great time with my group (2nd off) having caught group 1 55kms into the race taking 4mins out of them.
I was working hard but okay until 30kms out and could'nt hold the wheel (not like me), a couple of other groups eventually passed me and again no holding them. The group I had been in for ages finished in 4hrs 10mins so I lost a fair bit of time but somehow kept going. Robbie McEwan finished in 4hrs 12mins!!
No prizes for category winners but the lost 3 minutes cost me first place from 350 over 60's competitors and that's the most annoying thing. The lad who runs our group Pyskil is very pissed off apparently another rider has complained about the timing mat debacle' and Matt is following it up. I am chuffed with my time and average speed over the distance I knew I had fairly good legs, I am a bit annoyed with not being able to hang on but we know what it's like when the man with the hammer comes knocking!!
The photo's definitely show a pained expression my race no. 1506 but simply open the email link below.


Paul



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Friday, November 25, 2016

This Weekend


Grimpy travels to Merseyside this weekend to put to final preparations into place before catching the overnight ferry to the continent on Wednesday. On Friday he will be racing in the World Masters Cyclo Cross Championships in Belgium. Good luck John from all your team mates for a trouble free ride, we will be there in spirit.

For a more relaxed Sunday join us on the club run to Langsett via Clifton, Kirk Heaton & Emley Moor. Home via Dunford Bridge and Holme Valley. Meet Brighouse (Sainsbury's Roundabout) 9am.

Friday, November 18, 2016


Whilst most of us have slipped seamlessly into the social season Grimpy continues to feed his competitive nature preparing for the Masters World Champs. Looks like it was a piece of cake judging from the smiles on his face - everyone else was complaining about he mud.





Whilst Grimpy was enjoying a walk in the park Chris and the Wednesday night Mytholmroyd gang enjoyed a walk up Helvellyn. Chris and Dan Annison choosing to have a good warm-up on the way to the Lakes.


I can't blog a club-run for this coming Sunday as I'll only be out in the morning (going to spectate at the Shibden 'Cross in the afternoon). Nigel's intending to sort something so keep your eye on the blog.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sunday 13/11/16

The plan so far is 9:30 in Keighley and then route to be discussed. Maybe over Cowling and through Barnldswick to West Marton cafe in a generally clockwise loop. Other routes are also available.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Sunday 6th November

Meet Shelf Roundabout 9am for How Stean Gorge cafe via Norwood Edge, return over Greenhow and Addingham Moorside. It is November now so in keeping with the 'Social Season' ethos I'm hoping that the run will stay together (or at least re-group at summits). It goes without saying that winter bikes with guards will be the norm from now even if no rain/snow/hail/ice/salt is forecast.
(If the weathers not too good we'll cut the ride short by visiting the new cafe at Toft Gate, Greenhow)

The following youtube link takes you to a video of last Sundays National Hill Climb Championships at Matlock. Chris appears momentarily about half way through (rider no. 95). Take a look and be inspired to ride it in 2017    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YfdMrRKXtc

Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Peter Crowther who came off his bike when he hit a patch of oil on the road over in Oldham last Monday. Peter spent six hours being patched up at Oldam A&E but was not detained. He sounded more concerned about the health of his new Dolan titanium super-bike which sounds like it will require surgery. Hope to see you out again soon Peter.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Weekend Updates


Congratulations to Paul Daly who on Saturday was flying the Condor Road Club colours at the main race at the Arc Adventure K2 Road Cycling Classic in New Zealand. Its a hilly 192km course which had attracted almost 600 riders. Paul proved once again that he is the man to beat in his age category defending his 2015 title with another 1st place in the 'Vintage' category. Congratulations Paul from all your Condor team mates - now get back here and push PG up them hills (although Nigel & Ian weren't doing a bad job last week).


Whilst Paul was giving out some pain in NZ our home based star rider, Chris Smith was flying the colours nearer home, in the 2016 National Hill Climb Championship up Bank Road in Matlock (thanks to Tom Brabbin for the pic.). Chris finished the steep climb in 3.10.3, about 50 seconds down on the outstanding winner Adam Kenway. Chris tells me he was totally spent at the end and if it hadn't been for the finish line catchers he would have collapsed in a heap. Chapeau to Chris; I just hope he remembers to slow down for the social season.


Simon and I had a superb day out on Saturday riding the Peculiar Old 200 km Audax from Darlington. Above pic is at the Theakston's brewery at Masham, about 130 k into the ride. We enjoyed many new roads (to us) in Co.Durham north of Teesdale with great views and good weather.


Also racing on Sunday, making his 2016 season cyclo-cross debut was John Ginley, I must assume that he had recovered okay from his MTB crash the previous Tuesday, winning his age class and at 74 finishing 72nd out of 150 finishers in the over 45's race.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Coffee in Barley

This Sunday you'd be welcome to join Nigel & myself on a potter over the Herders to the cabin cafe at Barley for a butty and a coffee (its worth the trip just to hear them saying 'Ameri-car-no' in a Lancashire accent).
Meet in OXENHOPE at the Y junction just above The Bay Horse pub (where we turn for Stanbury) at 9:30 am in new money. Based on past experience I'm not expecting anyone to come along so if you are interested then please say so - e.g. by a comment here or on Strava - and we'll then know to wait for you.
Cheers, Ian

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This coming weekend

Big day for Chris this coming Sunday with the National Hill Climb Championship on Bank Road in Matlock, Derbyshire. Chris is off number 95 in a field of  240 riders, his start time being 12.47.30pm. Judging from the picture below (taken at a recent climb by Ellen Isherwood) which Chris has titled 'Empty your mind.........then empty your legs', he's in good form and we all wish him a trouble free ride.


Also racing on Sunday is Grimpy, in his 1st Cyclo X of the winter season at Thorns Park, Wakefield. This is the start of his build up to the World Championships in Moll, Belgium in December (which is unfortunate for John as, if the Worlds had been, as usual, in January he would have stepped up an age category). Best wishes go to John who's been suffering with his breathing on todays vets run following a fall whilst out mountain biking yesterday.

Simon and I are riding the Peculiar Old 200k Audax this coming Saturday (entries still open on the AUK website) so I'm relying on someone else to arrange a Sunday Club Run.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wednesday Club Christmas Dinner


The Wednesday Club Christmas Dinner is booked for 1pm the 21st of December, once again at the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale. I will be taking bookings and £5 deposit from November.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Club Run Sunday 23rd Oct

Meet Denholme Gate 9am or Keighley (Skipton Road Roundabout) 9.30 for Feizor, possibly home over Bowland Knotts depending on weather.



Monday, October 17, 2016

All the news and updates are here.


Whilst most of us are embracing the social season Grimpy and Padiham Chris are still hard at it at the sharp end of the sport. Grimpy is pictured above (thanks to Lewis Clegg) being pushed off by Dave Saleem in yesterdays Imps Buckstones time trial. He was the only Condor in the 10 strong start list to brave the lousy weather (see link to Imps Blog for full report and more pics). The previous Sunday John was taking part in the Calderdale Mountain Bike Marathon finishing the challenging course as 1st fastest v.60 (not bad for a 74 year old).


Chris of course is busy racing up steep hills in preparation for the National Hill Climb Champs down in Matlock at the end of the month. He missed Jackson Bridge and Holme Moss on the 8th due to illness but made a successful comeback the following day up the Rake at Ramsbottom finishing just a second slower than his pb for the course. In the weekend just gone Chris finished 10th fastest in the Nelson Wheelers climb at Barley and 11th up the Nick of Pendle in pouring rain on Sunday.

Whilst John and Chris were in competition eight Condors were enjoying the more relaxed side of the sport at the Season of Mists Audax. A beautiful day, a great route and of course perfect organisation from Chris Crossland, his wife Jennifer and the whole Calderdale CTC team who spoilt us rotten with their catering. No wonder there was such a magnificent turnout (over 150 I'm told). Condors I saw at the event were Mel, Adrian, Steve Thewlis, Richard Burnham, John Lumb (2nd), Gary Mitchell, Simon and myself.

On Monday the 10th we had our AGM at The Travellers, Hipperholme.


CONDOR ROAD CLUB AGM
Monday 10th October 2016

Members Present (12) - G. Turner, E Walker, P Gower, JD Smith, P Sanderson, B Sunter, J Ginley, P Haigh, N King, C Smith, S Thewlis, P Horne.

Apologies for Absence - A Simcock, D Grant, S Fortune, J Lumb.

Minutes of AGM 18/01/16 Presented - Accepted unanimously as true record.

REPORTS
General Secretary - Confirmed that affiliation had been made to CTT for 2017,  BC bill not yet received, Club affiliation to CTC for 2017 discussed, it was decided not to re-join as a club as no one had taken advantage of the discounted 3rd party insurance for several years (due to being full members of CTC or BC etc).
Treasurer - Up to date accounts were presented by P Gower and accepted as correct.
Racing Secretary - JD Smith reported on the successes of our racing members.
Election of Officials - All re-elected unopposed - Brian Sunter- President, Paul Gower-Treasurer, JD Smith- Racing Secretary, Peter Horne-Secretary.

Annual Dinner & Presentation - All agreed to continue with the Sunday ride-out lunch format of the previous 2 years with the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale being the preferred location. Phil Sanderson volunteered to liaise with R Hood. (Phil has now booked the venue for 1pm Sunday  8th January - traditional Sunday lunch, roast beef followed by apple crumble).

Any Other Business -
John Ginley confirmed that his LVRC Road Race date for 2017 is Sunday 2nd of July.

Chris Smith's offer to organise a Hill Climb event in 2017 was supported by all present. Initially he plans to run it as a club event encouraging competitors from other local clubs. He is hoping to use Pexwood Road in Todmorden on a yet to be decided Saturday in September.

Old stocks of club clothing was discussed (7 garments) and it was decided that the garments would be advertised on the blog at half price.

Club founder and for many years the driving force behind the Condor Road Club, Gordon Turner, invited all members to his 90th birthday celebrations in July 2017. Further details later.




Above bike for sale, Sensa Gulia 2015 full carbon, 56cm frame, superb Shimano Ultegra Di2 11sp groupset, Ultegra wheels, very light, summer miles only. a bargan at £700.00. Contact me on 07549 821349 or petehorne@yahoo.co.uk

HALF PRICE KIT FOR SALE

1 x short sleeved jersey size M £21 (Force GB)
2 x short sleeved road jerseys size S £17.50 ea (Endura)
1x short sleeved road jersey size L £18.50 (Endura)
1 x Thermal bib longs size S £22 (Endura)
1 x Pro bib shorts size S £29 (Endura)
1 x Arm warmers size S £6.50 (Endura)



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sunday October 16th - Airton

I'm planning a jolly jaunt this week to the splendid cafe at Airton. Meet 09:30 in Keighley if you fancy it.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

News


A quieter weekend for Chris with only one race on Saturday and one on Sunday, he must have been at a bit of a loose end - or was he busy spending his prize money ?
On Saturday he rode the Rossendale Road Club's climb up Woodplumpton Road to Crown Point. The event was won by the in-form David Huck from Lakes RC with a time of 2min 37secs with Chris taking 7th place in 3.10
On Sunday he was even nearer home at West Pennine RC's climb up Blackstone Edge just failing to defend his 2015 win but taking a good 2nd place.


This coming Saturday he's back to his two a day schedule with the Star Wheelers Jackson Bridge climb in the morning and Holme Moss in the afternoon. I'm meeting Simon and Adam in Brighouse at 8.30am; we're going to have a potter out to the Oil Can Cafe prior to giving Chris a shout on the Jackson Bridge climb, all welcome to join us. As far as I know he's just down for one climb on Sunday, the classic Rake at Ramsbottom where he's got some top quality competition from a full field of 120 riders.

Also on Sunday is the local Autumn Classic, the Season of Mists, a hilly 105k Audax from Mytholmroyd Community Centre, 9am or for those who love the mud, the Calderdale Mountain Bike Marathon from Sowerby Tennis & Bowling Club.


Saturday, October 01, 2016

IMPS MOUNTAIN TIME TRIAL SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2016 10.00 am start

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 https://www.strava.com/routes/6657607



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.