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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.
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.
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.
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.
Next ride 18th March - meet at pavillion 8:30am