Winter Rides Round up.

The top of Shibden Wall

Sunday’s ride to Tickhill marked the end of the winter club rides. After a particularly harsh, cold winter there was lots of evidence that better days are ahead. We’ve passed the Spring Equinox and the first of the spring classics, Milan San Remo, has been completed. On the road to Tickhill, there was a perceptible rise in temperature; some sunshine and a couple of summer bikes were on view.

Martin, very proud, wearing the latest in fashion,
 courtesy of the annual club awards!

It’s been an eventful winter. Numbers of active members are steadily increasing. Despite four Calder Clarionistas riding the 200k Red Rose Audax, there were still 16 riders out on the runs to Tickhill and Askern. The faster pace of the main group has created a larger ‘B’ run group, often to the same destination. The ‘C’ group usually aim for a slightly shorter run The midweek morning rides have become firmly established and a Saturday morning social run is imminent now the spring is here. 

Richard, Carl & Alan taking in the view over the Holme Valley
 at Totties.

The ‘big off’ at Ackworth was just one of a number of incidents and unusual occurrences this winter. There was the tumble on the tram lines in Sheffield, the long period when snow curtailed any safe cycling, the plastic bag in the rear mech saga, the phantom pothole and unusually for Calder, an incident free Boxing Day ride.There was an incident packed ascent of Shibden Wall on a run to Hebden Bridge, damp patches on seats in the Ossett Tap after a wet ride and chains snapping near Thunder Bridge. 

As usual places visited this winter have been at all points of the compass from Wakefield.Amongst many destinations have been Otley & Knaresborough in the North, Selby & Whitley eastwards, Tickhill to the south and Langset, Holmfirth and Wortley to the West. There have also been new destinations at Totties, ‘Too Hoots’ and Whitley Farm Cafe.

Clarionistas also took part in Reliability rides, new member John Croston doing 5 including a snowy Otley CC Reliability trial in February while Stuart Bowering and Michael Vennard completed the newly resurrected Batley Bash. Michael Vennard, John Croston, Matthew Dodsworth and Tom Butler all completed the 200k Red Rose Audax in March,a tremendous ride at this time of the year which included 2900 metres of climbing between Halifax and Morecambe bay.

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