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 7th January 2018: It was a cold and icy day for the first planned ride for 2018, text messages were sent to see if we should venture out. Andy text to confirm that it would not be a club ride and that the roads on his estate were not good. As I arrived at the meeting point not many riders were there, Chris was sat in his Jeep but stated that he was not riding due to race committments. I was ready to cancel, but then club members started to turn up. Eventually we had ten riders keen to do a short ride on the main roads and therefore that was the decision. We road down "Wrights hill" and continued on the main road towards Retford. At Retford we turned towards Worksop and then the usually route back to Oldcoates, we stopped at the cafe at Oldcoates for a snack and coffee. After the 20 minute break we came out to acceptable weather and decided to ride out to Maltby and drop off Dave and Andy. We then rode towards Tickhill and returned back to the pavillion with 38 miles completed. An excellent ride for first ride of 2018 although short, Rider of the week was given to John Murphy.

14th January: A warmer day for the club ride with fourteen riders attending. After a short discussion we decided to ride out to Whisby Nature Reserve since the cafe is quick at serving and large seating area. We set off with Pete setting a early pace at the front by the time we got to Mattersey he dropped back to ensure his mate Mick was ok. We all rode well and kept together as a proper club and arrived at the cafe at 10:30 with an average of 18mph. After an excellent cafe stop we all gathered for a clup ride photo (click on image below), we then rode well back over Dunham bridge back home. An excellent ride of approx 70 miles and overall average of 18 mph. Rider of the week was given to Alan Bullock.


21st January: A very icy day - decision not to ride..

28th January: A warmer day for the last club ride in January although high winds. Eleven riders met at the pavillion and we decided to head out towards Askern and call at the garden centre cafe. We did the ride in reverse to the standard route, we had two delays due to two punctures on route John and Andy Pedley. We arrived at the cafe and service was very good, worth noting for future rides with high attendance. It was hard work cycling against the wind which never really seemed to be behind us, we all rode well although some fading towards the end of the ride. Andy gave the rider of the week to Martin since not be out for a while. Below is the GPX of the askern ride and the route we took.

 Askern gpx


4th February: With the temperature dropped again ten riders met at the pavillion and after a short discussion we selected to ride to Messingham. We altered the route slightly by cutting through Epworth, we rode at a good pace with Pete and Andy doing the initial work on the front. All rode well and we arrived at the cafe at 10:15am, the cafe was very quiet and we were soon served with only us in. We had a club photo outside the cafe but the picture was not in focus so not added to website.  We set off on the journey home taking the longer route through the Laughton Forest and then over the Trent at Gainsborough. Fast pace and no mechanicals - Rider of the week was awarded to Pete Lees. GPX and map of route below.





11th February: Ten riders met at the pavillion, the sun was shining and we thought we were in for a lovely day - but the weather was forecast to change later and they were correct. We decided to ride out to Bolsover and do some hill climbiing in preparation for the six riders doing the Cheshire Cat sportive on the 25th March. All was well as we rode out through Firbeck towards South Anston, as we rode out of the village the snow storms hit us (see pictures below). We progressed a liitle further and then stopped at the next junction to discuss the ride, 3 riders decided to turn towards home while the other seven agreed to progress to Bolsover. We stopped at the Witherspoon pub where we met Steve and Graham. After the cafe stop Steve and Graham joined us on the journey back home. All went well except losing Pete when we added a loop on to the route near the end of the ride. Below is the route we took and the gpx. Rider of the week was John Murphy.

Bolsover gpx

18th February: It was a fine day although still a bit on the cool side. Eighteen riders met at the pavillion (4 new visitors) for the Sunday club ride, we decided to head out towards Southwell icecream parlour cafe. We rode out towards Retford going through the town centre towards London road and then taking the left up the hill at Upton. All rode well and we kept together and were soon at the viewing point at Maplebeck where we had a short announcement for Mick Wainwright's birthday, well done still going strong. We reached the cafe and the service was very quick and all riders were soon served. We set off back and set a good pace on the return journey. An excellent ride with no punctures or mechanicals, 65 miles with an overall average of 17 mph. Rider of the week birthday boy - Mick Wainwright. Below is the route we took and the gpx.

Southwell gpx

25th February: For the annual Tom Simpson memorial ride many riders from the district attended, making this the most attended ride for the last 10 years. Joanne (Tom's daughter) also flew over for the event, it was excellent that she decided to ride the route with the Harworth club. We therefore all rode together at a steady pace around the circuit taking a slightly shorter route through Epworth. A sample of some picture of the event are shown below..

 4th March: For the first day of spring the weather was only 2 degrees and with snow still on the ground it was not a surprise to see only 3 riders at the pavillion for the Sunday ride. John went and knocked on Pete's door and he joined us for a main road ride, we rode to Retford then turned towards Worksop (via Randby) then via Langold back home. We only completed  just under 30 miles and were back at the pavillion for 10:30am wet and cold. Andy put a extra loop in returning back to Langold via Harworth and Tickhill. Route below of the short but refreshing Sunday ride.


11th March: Finally the weather is starting to warm up and with the added tech feature of "WhatsApp" we all knew the venue for todays ride (except Pete is pigeons are not on-line). With 18 riders in attendance we set off towards Tickhill heading for Elsecar, riding  together we soon arrived at the heritage centre. The usual cafe could not serve 18 riders so we split up and some went into the kids play area cafe. We let Pete have a little play on the slides and ball pool while we had a coffee and breakfast. We went round to meet the others at the other cafe and had photo took see below while Dave Clark repaired is puncture. We set off all prepared to ride up the hill after the cafe, as we approached the start of the climb Dave had another puncture. We waited while the repair was completed then set off up the climb. We had two further delays on the return journey Andy a puncture and Pete's casette was loose causing his gears to slip. It was a excellent ride in the early spring sunshine, completing approx 55miles, route below.

18th March: Weather again took a turn for the worse and icy conditions caused a no ride Sunday.

25th March:  For the first HDCC sportive of the year the weather was kind to us and the sun shone and the wind was calm. Seven riders set off on Saturday towards Crewe for the Cheshire Cat sportive, we enrolled for the ride on Saturday to ensure we did not get in the queues on Sunday morning. We stayed at the Premier Inn which was less than a mile from the start, excellent position and great service. We started off at 8:30am (clocks forward one hour) from Queens Park, most of us had done the ride before so we knew what to expect. The first 22 miles were fairly flat and then we took a left towards "Mow Cop" (known as killer mile) then the pain began. The next 23 miles were mainly up hill of gradients of 25% the norm. Well done to Chris , Alan and Colin who all conquered the killer mile. At 45 miles we had completed the main hills of Cheshire Cat and now had a steady ride to complete the sportive. Below is the route taken, elevation and a team photo.

25th March:  On the same day as the Cheshire Cat the HDCC Sunday ride was to the peak district. Majority of riders met at Oldcotes crossroads 08:30, Bob had rode over from Gringley and a couple form the pavilion. We headed to Worksop meeting up with Jack, Keith and Graham at the Canon pub, heading out of Worksop we met up with Andy Baker.

Andy Rodgers as always had the route planned in his head (built in sat nav), route took us out of Worksop, Nether Langwith (where we met up with Phil), Pleasley, Tibshelf, Alfreton and on to Matlock for the café stop. The sun was out and Matlock was very busy particularly with motor bikes. After a good café stop (see Matlock picture below) we pushed on heading out through Darley Dale, through Chatsworth Park towards Baslow, from Baslow it was the long 4.3mile climb up to Owler Bar. Thankfully from Owler Bar we had a bit of respite with a long downhill to Dronfield Bottom, from here it was lumpy all the way home climbing back up through Coal Aston, Marsh Lane, down through Eckington, Spinkhill and Harthill. At Harthill part of the group spit off and headed home towards Kiverton and Anston, the rest of us continued down to Shireoaks and into Worksop where we dropped of Keith, Jack and Graham and then headed home through Carlton, Oldcotes, Harworth and Gringley for Bob. Very good ride, great conditions and no incidents (except a couple of dropped chains).


1st April: Circular ride to to be added

8th April: Sixteen riders met at the pavillion and rode Pete's favorite ride to Blyton. This ride was all about Phil he was the centre of attention with a loose tooth concern at North Wheatley, luckily nobody rode over it. It was a very fast ride and Phil bringing up the rear missed seeing the pack turn and carried on towards Saxilby, after 15 minutes he returned to the ride. After the cafe stop at Blyton the ride continued on the usual route with Phil having a slow puncture, Pete came to the rescue but tried to inflate the inner tube with two empty CO2 cartridges. Pete decided the rider of the week and gave it to his partner in the comedy act - Phil. It was still a fast ride that everyone enjoyed. 

15th April: Tour of Retford - We all made are various routes to the Retford market square for the start of the "tour of Retford" , while we were waiting for the 9am start we gathered together and had a team photo (see below). It was nice to see that we were the club with the greatest  attendance for the ride with 21 riders taking part. As the town hall clock struck 9am they started to let small groups: start the ride, the ride was split into 5stages with checkpoints at the end of each stage. The first stage took us from Retford via Mattersey and Clayworth to Gringley on the Hill, and the second stage via Wheatley and North Leverton to Headon. At checkpoint 2 we were setting a excellent pace and the aveage speed was 18.8mph for club, we grabbed a quick banana and were back in the saddle. Stage 3 took us through Askham and Tuxford and Sutton on Trent, we decided not to stop at this checkpoint and continued via Ossington and Laxton to Kirton, then riding up Knickerbush hill to the 4th checkpoint. Again we did not stop for refreshments and continued via Tuxford, East Drayton, Upton and back to the start in Retford. Most riders would of registered 100miles by the time they reached home and an average of over 18mph. Well done all.

22nd April: Thirteen riders met at the pavillion and Andy had a surprise ride for us (Steve Parker's hilly route to Bolsover). As we were about to set off Mick rang and asked what route we were taking so that he could join the ride with Phil, luckily the route planned took us via South Anston. We set off at a cracking pace due to some fast riders at the front, we were soon at South Anston meeting Mick and Phil.We then set off towards Harthill then via Spinkhill to Shuttlewood. We were soon seeing signs for Bolsover and even though we had climbed several hills already we could only call at the cafe aftert completing the castle hill climb. The cafe at the top of castle hill was a welcome site after all the climbing we had done, the service was a bit slower than usual with the coffee machine failing several times. We eventually set off on the route back via Upper Langwith, Elmton and back to Harthill. With not as many hills on the return journey the legs were turning at a fast pace and we were soon at Woodsetts and nearly home. We went via Ranby and Ranskill to put a few extra miles on the journey. Well done to Lewis and Mick Moore who rode through from Epworth and were given joint rider of the week for excellent riding on thre day.. I have attached the GPX for this route so that riders who missed the event can try the route for themselves.

 Bolsover gpx

 29th April: It was slightly cooler for the Sunday ride but some riders still came in shorts, obviously Pete who has been to Himalyas. A great turn out for the Sunday ride with 19 riders at the pavillion. After short discussion we decided to ride to Whisby nature reserve. We rode down towards Harworth crossroads and met Andy near the old pit gates entrance, this made 20 riders for the ride. We all set off well together and kept at a nice pace. The faster lads in front took a wrong turn at the village Eagle and carried on with the longer route,so the main bunch arrived at the cafe first. Although we had 20 riders the service was good. Before we set off on the route home we had a photo taken (see below). The pace was Ok on the way back , but we split from the faster riders and never saw them again. The main bunch stayed together and enjoyed the ride. Rider of the week was given to Warren


6th May:   With a lot of the riders watching the tour of Yorkshire only nine riders turned out for the Sunday club run. With the excellent weather we decided to ride over to the Askern Lake cafe and sit outside and soak up the lovely sunshine. Pete had already packed his new bike up for the Majorca club trip so he was on his old faithful bike. We set off via Tickhill to Wadworth (back lane), we were all riding well together and Lee and Pete were riding strong at the front. We were soon sat outside at the cafe topping up the tan. We set off back at a faster pace again all riding together. We paused at Bawtry to announce the rider of the week Colin (on his new bike), Steve Brown also rode well. Please note annual HDCC club vacation to Majorca next week.

 Majorca Ride Report

12th May: The first ride with all eight riders at Majorca was to Saint Elm via Calvia top and then via Port Andrax. On the route back Mick decided that we had not completed enough miles so he added the hill to Galilea and via Puigpunyent and then climbing Calvia top again. Completing 4826 feet of climbing in 57 miles.


13th May: The second ride was to the famous hill at Orient again via Calvia top and then via Bunyola. Orient is a excellent climb and the route bak is via Santa Maria which is an excellent small town with many bikers. The route back again included Calvia top and therefore we completed 4300 feet of climbing in 70 miles.


14th May: The third ride was mainly to show Dave Clarke & Jason the route to complete the famous Sa Calobra climb (all other riders on the trip had completed it several times). With Mick's assistance we rode some quite lanes to just outside Inca and pointed them to the rode they needed to take to complete the famous climb. We rode back via Binnasalem and called in at the bike shop before travelling through Santa Maria and Calvia to reach Magaluf. We climbed 3363 feet in 73 miles.


15th May: The forth day we decided to do a ride to Valldermossa, this is a famous long drag to this picturesque village. As we reached Valldermossa we stopped at the cafe and all had a deserved break, we decided to show Dave and Jason the famous viewing point that looks over several expensive villas on the coast (Michael Douglas villa is very nice). The viewing point is on top of a narrow track that is very steep and therefore we have always walked up, not Dave he rode to the top with no struggle (well done Dave very impressive). We returned via Galilea and completed 4934ft of climbing in 56 miles.


16th May: The fifth day we planned to ride to the velodrome at Sineu, Brian & Dave Ash were dropped off by Mick in the car due to the mileage. The remaining five riders rode and planned to meet the others at the Reeds hotel. This turned out to be the worst ride since we had an accident on route and Dave Clarke was seriously injured. We contacted the ambulance service and they were soon at the scene. Unfortunately Dave had injuries that meant that he had to stay in the hospital for a while. A shit day for all especially Dave (get well soon).

 16th May: The last day - The Coastly Route".  This is an excellent ride with excellent views along the coastline.



20th May : With Majorca vacation / tour completed it was back to the Sunday riding. Thirteen riders turned up for the ride with the weather on par with Majorca. We decided to ride out to Edwinstow (cafe near "Big Fish" roundabout). We rode out all together we no incidents on route. Arriving at the cafeat a fair pace we sat outside in the sunshine and topped up the tan. We continued our journey turning right at Carburton and then via Clumber Park to Worksop. With Andy Rodgers completing the Peak District 100 mile the previous day we all agreed that he was the rider of the week. Well done Andy!! Route we took today is shown below..


Next ride 27th May meet at pavillion at normal time of 8:30am.