CRC RIDE – BACK TO THE HILLS – 14/05/16
The previous weekend the Cottingham Road Club ( CRC ) outing had been a pan flat ride ( well nearly ) to Naburn near York. The weather had been glorious, the first warm and sunny weekend of the year.
The cafe stop was idyllic, lounging in the sunshine at York Marina on the River Ouse. There was beer quaffing and at least one of our number seriously contemplated a dip in the river.
Luckily Geoff was not aware of the main sewage treatment works for the city of York less than a mile upstream.
43 olympic swimming pools worth of sewage processed every day and yes I actually googled that stat.
That’s a lot of sh…. ” Hi Alan, that was a great ride on Sunday wasn’t it ?! ”
Roll forward a few days to the Wednesday CRC starter ride and Geoff was still buzzing about the weekend
” Surely, that is what cycling is all about ! ” he said to me
Yes it is Geoff, yes it is.
Things were going to be vey different this weekend though….the hills were back.
Continue reading Counting Limbs, A Bunch Of Bovines And A Hilly Ride
CRC RIDE 26/03/16 – FORCE 10 FROM WITHERNSEA
On the Easter Bank Holiday weekend the Cottingham Road Club (CRC) ride was going to be a relatively long route in the flatlands to the east of Hull.
A 60 mile loop from Wawne to Withernsea and back and not a hill in sight. Fantastic.
The only time the road was going to kick up was possibly over a sleeping policeman or the odd bridge or flyover. Bliss.
Maybe on this ride there would be no battling against the forces of nature?
Maybe on this ride there would be no need to push yourself to the limit and beyond?
Maybe on this ride there would be no gobsmackingly huge challenge to overcome?
Maybe on this ride I wouldn’t get dropped
Continue reading Wind, Wheel Sucking and Withernsea
CRC RIDE – THE LOCAL HILLS …..ALL OF THEM – 20/03/16
I am beginning to think that within Cottingham Road Club (CRC) we have a secret society, a Fifth Column or maybe it is even a religious cult.
The members of this cult have unhealthy appetites and try to corrupt others to partake in their perverted pastimes.
You can spot them if you know what to look for.
They have crazy, wild looking eyes, greet each other with a funny handshake, draw each other close and whisper their evil motto ……..
” I Love Hills !! ”
Yes I am of course talking about the unholy abomination that are……. The Hill Lovers. Dah ! Dah ! Dah !
Continue reading Hill Lovers, Spartacus And A Kid On a Scooter
CRC RIDE TO WORSENDALE, GIVENDALE & NUNBURNHOLME – 27/02/2016
The CRC ride on Saturday the 27th of February was going to be a hard one.
An expedition deep into the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds to tackle some serious hills.
Are there any other kinds ?
The stars of this hill fest would be Worsendale Road rising up from the village of Bishop Wilton followed by the nearby Givendale Lane and to finish would be the old favourite of Nunburnholme Hill.
A lumpy extravaganza of just under 60 miles for the return journey from Cottingham.
Continue reading Hills, Meditation And My Pain Brother
COTTINGHAM ROAD CLUB RIDE TO HOWDEN – 21/02/2016
The CRC club ride on Sunday 21st February was going to be a largely flat 54 mile ride from Cottingham to Howden in the East Riding and back.
Largely flat apart from 2 hills topping and tailing the ride. At the top of the ride would be the well worn climb out of Cottingham, through Skidby and Little Weighton and finishing off at the top of The Clump descent into South Cave.
At the tail of the ride would be Brantingham Dale rising up from the village of the same name.
Just under 2 miles in total Brantingham Dale is made up of a steady climb through picturesque woods before a final stinger section that ramps up the gradient to around 10 % over 300 metres.
Beware those who are tempted to go too fast on the lower slopes as they will reap the whirlwind on the stinger.
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