CRC CHARITY RIDE 2017
This year’s Charity Ride will be held on Saturday, 8th July 2017 with rides starting from the Methodist Hall, Hallgate, Cottingham (the one used by Cycling UK/CTC). A little different this year, proposal is for three different rides….
Ride 1 – 06:00 hrs depart, 50 miles to Howden
Ride 2 – 09:30 hrs depart, 60 miles to Millington
Ride 3 – 15:00hrs depart, 50 miles to Hornsea
Support at Cottingham will be provided by Beech Holme Tandem Club but the Methodist Hall will only be open from 08:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs.
Donations – £20 entry for the day plus whatever else you can raise can be made direct to the Club account which is TSB Bank, Sort Code & A/C No. available on request (firstname.lastname@example.org) . This will ensure that all monies raised will go to the Charities and not into the coffers of Internet Charity Websites.
You can participate in all any single ride, any two rides, or even all three – whatever suits you.
FOGGY CLUB RIDE – 07/01/17
What better way to kick start the new year and make headway into your New Year resolutions ( let me guess … lose weight and improve fitness? …me too ! ) than to go for a bike ride.
Club rides had been suspended during the festive fortnight so we could all pile as much weight on as possible prior to our determination to start losing it.
I for one was racked with guilt at eating the best part of 2 Christmas cakes.
On reflection, however, I had decided I was a victim. It was, in fact, all Annette’s fault.
After all if she didn’t make the Christmas cakes I wouldn’t eat them. She practically forced those Christmas cakes down my neck ! That’s abuse.
In recognition of the fact that this was the first ride after a period of excess and over indulgence Chris had arranged a relatively short 37 mile ride from the Humber Bridge to Brigg and back.
We couldn’t avoid all unpleasantness though and on the return leg we would sample a few of the short and very sharp hills around the villages of Worlaby, Saxby and Horkstow.
Welcome to 2017 !
Continue reading Treachery, The Roman Empire And A Foggy Club Ride
CLUB RIDE TO FITLING – 06/11/16
In the summer there is very little motivation required to go for a bike ride. In warm and sunny weather you can’t wait to don the lycra and get out there and pedal.
Some people even jet off to sunnier climes such as Majorca and Tenerife where the conditions are so perfect they are transformed into cycling gods biking near 100 mile bike rides day after day.
( Note to the Missus : I’m not going Annette. The plane will go into the sea like a dart ! )
Hull in November is a very different story.
Continue reading A Deluge, A Bus Shelter And The Dying Fly
CRC CHARITY RIDE -24/06/16
REMAIN or LEAVE ? This was the big question that had been occupying my thoughts for many weeks if not months.
Constantly mulling it over in my mind. I had lost a lot of sleep.
It certainly felt like one of the biggest decisions of my life and I couldn’t afford to get it wrong.
If I went for REMAIN would I be taken into unchartered territory by a larger group led by an unelected cabal ? Would my wishes for the direction of travel be diluted and diminished, drowned out by many other opinions and agendas?
If I went for LEAVE and took back control of my destination would it effect my relationship with the others for ever ? Would I be shunned, unable to work with them anymore, cast out , isolated ?
This year’s Cottingham Road Club ( CRC ) charity bike ride was going to be laps of a 40 mile circuit for 24 hours non-stop. Each member could choose how many laps they were prepared to take on.
At the end of every lap I would be faced with the critical decision regarding doing another lap. Shall I REMAIN or LEAVE ?
What ?……..What else did you think I was talking about ?!
Continue reading I Spy, Thunderbolts And Hedgehogs
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