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The Invisible Hill, Michael Jackson And A Plug Hole


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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Ride review – 50 mile trip to Howden

Well that was a windy one!

Distance: 50 miles
Route: Available on the Garmin website
Starting numbers: 18
Women: 4
New riders: 1
Ride time: 3:45 mins

Today’s ride was on paper a slow up hill struggle until South Cave then a slow head wind grind until Howden, before an easier time on the way back finishing with a sting in the tail..

Which is exactly what it turned out to be.

A good sized group of 16 turned up on ready for a 9am start and if it weren’t for a couple of dubious riders arriving late the ride would have started on the dot.

As it happens it was me that was late, but I plead the 2nd in my defence.

Aka the 2nd cup of coffee that morning.. I knew I shouldn’t have agreed to Charlie’s demands to “have a coffee – we’ve plenty of time” but I’m weak and it was so nice..

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