THE WAY OF THE ROSES, A BOLLARD & THE CONCEPTION OF ALAN BENNETT

CRC C2C WAY OF THE ROSES 6th & 7th JULY 2019

The club had arranged one of it’s occasional away day rides. This time it was to be the classic Way Of The Roses coast to coast ride from Morecambe to Bridlington over 2 days.  77 fun packed hilly miles on the first day from Morecambe to Ripon and 93 even more fun packed flat miles from Ripon to Bridlington on day 2.

Annette had signed up enthusiastically and as I was finding it difficult to see any actual fun in such an undertaking I had passed. When a space became available due to a late drop out Annette applied some subtle pressure.

“ You should do this ride “….OK it wasn’t subtle…” it will give you something to aim for. Don’t tell me you only have one functioning kidney, one is more than enough ! “

This was tough love. 

To be fair she was right although I would never tell her to her face or admit it in a public forum. 

Cycling had lost it’s lustre for me. I was continually on the hunt for the mystical MOJO.

I was in a vicious circle of no MOJO, eat, gain weight, get unfit and feel terrible on the bike….no MOJO, eat, gain weight, get unfit and feel terrible on the bike…..repeat.

So I made the assessment that if I committed to doing a challenging ride, something so obviously devoid of fun , with only 4 weeks to go then I would have to pull my finger out and get training or I just wouldn’t get round or indeed ever come back !

Annette would have to build a shrine to me.

………what could possibly go wrong.

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Charity Club Ride – 2017

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/15482112

Ride 2 – 09:30 hrs depart, 60 miles to Millington
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/15481806

Ride 3 – 15:00hrs depart, 50 miles to Hornsea
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/15482198

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 (adam@cottinghamroadclub.co.uk) . 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.

Ladies Underwear, A Motionless Dog And An Iron Lung

HEART OF THE WOLDS SPORTIVE – 23/04/17

I had resisted entering for a few weeks pleading poverty….

“…. I am a poor pensioner …the cat needs an operation….the boiler has gone kaput…..we are down to our last 25Kg bag of porridge…..what about Brexit ?!!”

But in the end there was no escape. I knew it was April and therefore I had to do The Heart Of The Wolds sportive. It’s the law.

It was The Classic route for Annette and I again this year, 60 miles in the Yorkshire Wolds over a range of terrain…

Flat….. no problem

Downhill……positive pleasure….as long as it’s not too steep as my eyes start to water at 30 mph and I get a bit scared.

Rolling…….yeah OK so long as the uphill bits don’t go on for too long

Challenging ……you mean steep hills don’t you !? Oh come on !

This year we would be doing the event with Rich who luckily turned up in his Cottingham Road Club jersey giving me the wafer thin justification I need to call this a club ride and therefore put this blog on the club website.

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