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Next Ride 26th May- meeting point pavillion at normal 8:30am.
19th May: With still some riders out in Majorca we only had a A team ride, this was planned for Bolsover via a loop of Hardwick Hall. We took the Styruup route out of Harworth and then headed out towards Firbeck and Shireoaks. We all rode together and listened to the sad news that Martyn would not ride with the club anymore since he was moving to Portugal with its brilliant weather, excellent rides and new young girlfriend (poor lad - how will he cope). We then rode via Elmton to Shirebrook and then rode through the Hardwick Hall estate where we had a photo's taken by a very helpful lady on the entrance to the Hall. We then did a loop of the estate taking in a few climbs before heading to our cafe stop at Wetherspoons at Bolsover. As usual we had an excellent cafe stop and then to our surprise Martyn dissappeared down the road and came back with a load of cakes for the club. We struggled to eat the cakes after the breakfast, Martyn then stood up and made a speech saying how much he had enjoyed the rides with the club and he would miss us all. With tears in our eyes we set off home via the usual route via South Anston / Woodsetts and Letwell. Excellent ride and rider of the week had to be Martyn. Have a good time in Portugal, we have enjoyed your company.
12th May: Short report on the Sunday ride to Lincoln Grand Prix, not many riders due to Majorca club trip attendance and "man flu". Six riders rode to Lincoln and watched a few laps onf the ladies race then rode back with Worksop Wheelers.
5th May: As per emails and "whatsapp" we agreed to meet at Micks garage so we had a bit of a head start for the annual Matlock ride. Seven riders met at the earlier time of 8am and set off towards Whitwell Common and then Elmton, it was quite chilly for May so many had the long trouser and long sleeve shirt. We then turned towards Pleasley and then Teversall, we commented on Teversall since it is a ride we had not completed for ages. We then rode through Alfreton (lovely market town) and then turned towards Ambergate, although the route was quite hilly we all stayed together and rode well. We were soon seeing familar signs i.e Gullivers Kingdom / Matlock Bath, we were ready for our breakfast break. We called at the usual cafe and sat outside and ordered food and drinks, we were discussing calling at a different cafe next time but when the breakfast arrived we soon changed our mind - the food was excellent and not expensive (especially for John who forgot his money). We set off on the route back home riding through Hackney , Beeley then riding through Chatsworth Park to Baslow. At Baslow we took the left at the roundabout onto Sheffield road, which is a long steady climb. Before reaching the top of the climb we took a left onto Fox Lane towards Cutthorpe, we then progressed towards Sheepbridge and then turned towards Unstone Green. Steve stopped in this village and told us that he knew a short cut to Eckington that would reduce the miles slightly. As we turned to take the shorter route Steve said we he was sorry, we soon found out why he was apologising, the shorter route took us up a hill that was steeper than castle hill at Bolsover. We all made it up the hill but it was a hard slog, we then rode very staedy into Eckington. We all were thinking only the ride up Spinkhill and we are almost home, but the rode was closed and was unpassable even with bikes so we had to go the longer route round. We then progressed through Harthill back to Mick's garage. Excellent ride withover 4000ft of climbing and total milleage of 73 miles from South Anston. Well done Mel who rode to Mick's and achieved 100 miles for the day.
28th April: With the B team low on numbers Mick and Pete decided to go with the A ride again, as per the whatsapp messages the ride was to Messingham. The 13 riders set off via the usual route via Bawtry to Finningley and then taking the right towards Wroot and then along idle bank to Belton. We were travelling at a fairly fast pace and the B club riders were riding very well. At Beltoft Mel had to leave the ride due to commitment already scheduled - maybe celebrating Sheffield United promotion since he his a strong follower of the club. The remaining twelve riders continued over Keadby bridge towards West Butterwick and then taking the left towards the cafe at Messingham. We arrived to find that the cafe was shutdown so we went into the cafe at the zoo next door, they only served drinks and sandwiches but it would keep us going. Bob and John jumped the queue and took Andy and Pete's sandwich and therefore they received a yellow card. We then set off home via East Stockwith and Morton, at Gainsborough we went down the usual track at side of the Trent to Beckingham. Andy unfortunately broke a spoke on the track and only two riders assisted him and waited (well done Pete and Dave), due to the buckled wheel Andy had to remove his rear mudguard and carry it the rest of the way home. We all rode together back to Harworth together keeping up the fast pace, averaging over 18mph for the full ride. Several riders rode well Andy (carrying mudguard), Greg (not been out this year with club) - but rider of the week was given to Mick.
21st April: The B team which was only Pete and Mick this week decided to have a run out to Sandtoft. As agreed the A team ride was the "Tour of Retford" - therefore we all met at the market square in Retford. The Harworth colours were very visiable with at least 22 riders attending and supporting Retford Lions and Bridgegate cycles Amstel ride. As usual the ride was split into five stages Retford to Gringley, Gringley to Headon, Headon to Sutton on Trent, Sutton on Trent to Kirton and finally Kirton back to Retford. We set off at a very fast pace reaching the Gringley checkpoint with average speed exceeding 19.5mph, John was slightly slower at the back of the Harworth Peleton which again proves that a two week break drinking beer and over eating does not improve the cycling pace. The route was a quite hilly and testing at times especially Knickerbush hill near Kirton. We finally reached the finish in Retford, we decided to have a well deserved pint at the Weatherspoons. The blue train was in full throttle for this ride - well done all. Below are some pictures from the day. Please note it is nearly time for the club trip to Majorca - those who are going enjoy the break and be safe (Dave says that hospital food is not that good).
14th April: Nine riders were out for the Sunday ride to Blyton. Since this is Pete's favorite ride both A & B rides joined forces to the ice cream parlour.
7th April: Twelve riders were in attendance for the Sunday ride to watch the race near Brodsworth area, due to the small attendance for the group B we all rode together i.e Pete and Mick joined the main group. We decided to do a circular route around Doncaster riding out towards Blaxton and then via Armthorpe to Barnby Dun, at Hooton Pagnell Pete and Mick took a shorter route to Barnburgh while the rest put a loop in to Clayton / Thurnscoe. The intended cafe stop at Barnburgh was closed so we decided to watch the race for a while then call at a cafe in Spotborough. We selected a cafe and ordered our breakfast, this place was very expensive and will not be added to our regular stop in the future (£8:50 for beans on toast and coffee). We then rode up the hill at Sprotborough falls to Warmsworth and then taking the route to Edlington to five lane ends junction. We then headed for Stainton and then back home. Please note "Tour of Retford" is the club ride on 21st April..
31st March: With the clocks forward one hour we had a small turn out of only 9 riders, Pete decided to join the A group ride to Elsecar. This was a shortage ride since most riders wanted to be back for visiting their mothers. Although a short ride of approx 60 miles it was hilly (3300ft of climbing) and again it was windy. We rode out via Tickhill / Wadworth to Ravenfield and then via Hooton Roberts to Wentworth and then turning to Elsecar heritage centre. The timing was perfect since the cafe doors were just opening, we sat outside and enjoyed the recently cooked pork pies and a mug of coffee. We took the usual route out of Elsecar up the hill on Coaley lane. What a surprise when we started ascending the lane - they had re-surfaced the road (I think they made it steeper). Andy decided to alter the usual route back by adding a loop through Hoober and then a further loop through Denaby Main, we heard someone moaning about the hills from the rear, it was the single rider from B group.. We then rode back home via Bramley, Brookhouse and Laughton, we had a short discussion at Oldcoates naming Alan as rider of the week.
24th March: Andy communicated to the club that we were riding out to Alkborough with a few lane diversions / additions from Lewis. Pete decided that the B team would ride with us until West Butterwick and then turn off towards Sandtoft for the Happy Eater cafe. So we set off with 18 riders in the peleton towards Ranskill then via the normal route to Gringley (Martyn joined the ride at this point), we rode out through Misterton and then took a right at "Gate Inn" pub and then took various lanes until arriving at West Butterwick. Pete then took the B team towards Sandtoft cafe (six riders), the remainder carried on to Keadby bridge. We then took the left towards Flixborough and then via the nice quite roads to Alkborough, at the cafe we sat outside and enjoyed the excellent weather. After the breakfast we went to the viewing area and had a few photo's taken. We then returned to Epworth and had a short break while Andy Baker repaired a puncture, also Mick and Lewis went home from here. We then battled against the wind back home via Idle bank / Misson. We stopped at Bawtry and confirmed that the riders of the week would be Andy Baker and Dave Evans due to the extra miles they completed.
17th March: As per the "whatsapp" sent out by Steve we had planned a ride to Haversage taking in many hills. We discussed at the pavillion the risk of high winds and heavy rain to the ride and concluded that we would assess along the route. The B group decided to ride to Edwinstow, only 5 riders in attendance for this Sunday. We set off against the strong winds towards Styruup, Oldcoates and then via Laughton to South Anston. At South Anston we met up with the Bakers (Gary and Andy), we then rode via Harthill to Spinkhill then taking a left towards Eckington. We then were approaching the steady climb at Marsh Lane but due to the high winds this seemed twice as steep. We then turned towards Coal Aston, Holmesfield and then the winds got stronger since more open, as we approached Owler Bar we pulled into the layby to discuss our options. We decided to forget the route to Haversage and take the left towards Hollingwood via Fox lane and Cutthorpe. After several miles of improved riding with the wind mostly behind us we arrived at the cafe by the canal at Hollingwood, we had already completed 50 miles of hard riding. After an excellent cafe stop we set off via Barrow Hill, it was'nt riding long before we stopped due to Gary's chain broke, Andy assisted with his bike spares and we were back on the rode again. We then arrived at Eckington and rode a similar route back home. All rode well in the severe conditions, Andy awarded the cyclist of the week to Lewis & Mick who both rode over from Epworth and eventually achieved 100 miles for the day.
10th March: It was back to colder weather, only 1 degree for the 8 riders who met for the Sunday ride. We had pre-arranged to ride out to Bolsover meeting Dave at the King William at Oldcoates on route. Again only one ride since Pete and Mick came with the A team riders, we rode out through Firbeck, Dinnington and via South Anston to Spinkhill. We then rode to Bolsover via Stavely, as we approached Bolsover some riders decided to ride up the main rode rather than the steeper gradient of Castle Hill. Andy started the hill on the main rode but soon turned round and rode up Castle Hill since he knew Pete would give him stick at the cafe. We all enjoyed the cafe stop and then rode via Cuckney, Clumber Park back to Worksop. All rode well especially Steve Parker who was awarded rider of the week.
3rd March: We met at the usual meeting point and discussed the route for the day, eleven riders were in attendance and again we rode as one group. Andy had discussed a route to Lincoln previously with Pete so we decided to stick to this decision although the weather forecast was heavy winds and rain for 11am. We all rode together via Mattersey to Clayworth and up Strawberry hill, we then rode out towards Rampton and over the bridge at Dunham. As we crossed the bridge a slight rain fall started, Martyn talked us into turning towards Torksey and then calling at Gainsborough for the cafe stop. At Torksey we took a right to Sturton on Stow, at this stage Mel continued to Gainsborough since he had some pre-arranged agenda. The rest carried on towards Upton and then turned towards Gainsborough. A decision (Martyn's) was to stop at the Weatherspoons for the cafe stop, this was not the best cafe stop since the service was very slow and coffee machine broke - this cafe stop will not be used again. We then dropped Martyn off in Gainsborough and rode on the track back to Beckingham, as we rode towards Walkeringham some riders wanted to ride further and some were ready for home so we split at this point. The remaining four riders continued via East Stockwith to Graizelound, we then took the normal route via Misson back to Bawtry. We stopped at Bawtry and had a joint decision that the riders of the week were the four who continued on the ride - Andy Rodgers, Steve Parker, Dave Evans and John Owens. Well done all. Please note club meeting will be arranged for Tuesday 19th March.
24th February: As usual an excellent turn out for the Tom Simpson memorial ride by HDCC and all the surrounding clubs. Lights were required since the fog was very dense as we set off. We tried to stay together and ride as a club - this was difficult due to the huge amount of riders so we rode in several groups on the course with HDCC in front on most groups and helping other club riders. It was nice to see some club riders who do not attend on the regular Sunday rides i.e Matt Rodgers, John Murphy, Sean Ormerod etc. We all grouped together for the finish photo below with Barry Hoban. Well done to all especially those who added extra loops to the ride to achieve 100miles.
17th February: All the forecasts stated it was going to be a fairly warm day so we had a good turn out of 14 riders at the pavillion. With no Pete (man flu) to captain the second riders we decided to all ride together to Edwinstow. We all rode at a steady pace on the usual route via Styruup and Firbeck, the wind got slightly stronger and colder as the ride progressed. Some of us decided it was warm enough to sit outside at the cafe, were we discussed the "Isle of Man" trip and many stated their interest (8 names so far). We left the cafe and headed for clumber park and then continued the route through Worksop and back home. Excellent ride although slightly windy. Please note next weeks ride is the Tom Simpson ride.
10th February: At last we had good weather for the Sunday ride. With no other riders for the B Group , Pete asked Andy if he could ride with the A team. So with permission granted we had one group of nine riders for the ride to New Millerdam, Martyn stated he could not ride for long and turned back at Balby. The other eight riders rode via Spotborough to Barnburgh, at the top of the hill - Mark joined us. We then rode via Hooton Pagnall to Clayton, Lee had a few mechanical issues with his back wheel which slowed him down, after the repair we were soon at Brierley and then ascending more hills to the cafe stop. Alan had to return for his birthday bash so he did not stop at cafe, the other seven enjoyed an excellent break. We had a short discussion about our 2019 trip to "Isle of Man" which is now confirmed to be 14th June (Friday - Monday). We rode back by a similar route except at Clayton we took a left to Thurnscoe, we then turned towards Conisborough and up the hill eventually heading for Braithwell. At Edlington we took a right to Stainton and then took the route back to Styruup and home. A long hilly ride enjoyed by all.. Rider of the week was given to Phil Harrison.
3rd February: Again the weather was not ideal for cycling, with temperatures as low as -5 degrees at the start of the Sunday ride. With only 4 riders in attendance, it was stated at the pavillion that the temperature was far too low for a club ride. We agreed to stick to the main roads, riding via Ranskill to Retford then at the main roundabout we took a right past Randby prison and then continued on to Worksop. We then rode via Carlton to Oldcoates, stopping at the cafe near King William for a short break. We discussed over a coffee the preferred route back home and decided on riding out towards Maltby (dropping off Dave) then taking a right towards Tickhill. We then rode back to the pavillion. Overall a excellent ride although very cold.
27th January: The weather forecast was not good for cycling since strong winds were scheduled at 11am. Therefore a low turn out of only 6 riders were at the pavillion, already at 8:30am we had 25mph winds and 45mph were due later. We decided to have one ride since Pete was the only rider from the elite squad (formally known as group B). We decided to set off via Tickhill and ride towards Conisborough and assess the route further during the ride incase the winds got stronger. At the roundabout in Conisborough we took a left towards Old Denaby then progressed to Ravenfield, we then rode via Bramley to Slade Hooton. Martyn had to be back home so he left the ride and rode back to Gainsborough, the rest of the 5 riders did a loop round Hooton Levitt to take in some hill climbing training since the wind was not punishing us enough. We then rode down Bib Lane and then up the hill to Laughton church and stopping at the fishing lake cafe. This was an excellent cafe and worth a visit again, we decided at the cafe that the wind was not dangerous and decided to add a loop on rather than ride back home. The loop took us via Dinnington, South Anston, Thorpe Salvin , Shireoaks, Letwell and back to Oldcoates via Firbeck. We had a chat outside the King William before going on our seperate routes home, we all enjoyed the ride although difficult at times against the wind.
20th January: The temperature was only slightly above freezing (0 degrees) so the turnout of 16 riders was excellent, 10 for the A ride and 6 for the B ride. Pete led the B riders out first for their ride to Southwell. The A riders decided on Askern and therefore set off towards Tickhill, we only reached Asda in Harworth when Lee stated he had a mechanical issue with his gears. It was a breakdown that could not be fixed so Lee put his bike back in the car and said he would meet up with us again near Askern. So with only 9 riders now we rode through Tickhill and took a slightly different route through Conisborough, we then rode via High Melton to Hooton Pagnell. This route took us on some hill climbs for the first 30 miles of the ride, then we dropped on to the normal route to Askern and met up with Lee at Campsall. We had an excellent cafe stop near the lake, in the cafe we decided to take a route home via Sykehouse and Moorends. After riding through Thorne we took a left and added a loop towards Sandtoft and then via Idle Bank and Misson back home. Rider of the week was difficult to choose since all rode well, eventually John selected Dave Evans. We completed 74 miles at an average speed of over 17mph.
13th January: With the weather very windy the attendance was low with only 7 riders across both groups, we quickly decided to go out as one group and headed out against the wind to Bolsover. It was a slow pace against the wind plus some riders had mechanical issues with their bikes we delayed us reaching the cafe. As usual the cafe was perfect and we all enjoyed the shelter from the wind. We were blown most of the way home and Martyn and Andy did an excellent job leading at the front. Rider of the week was given to Martyn.
5th January: For the first ride of 2019 eighteen riders were at the starting point - 5 riders for Pete's ride to Rother Valley and 13 riders for the ride to Whisby. Andy added a few detours for the way out taking a right at Eaton and riding up the hill to Askham, we then took the normal route for the remainder of the ride to the nature reserve. The cafe stop was very good service and excellent value. Bob suggested that we go via Doddington and then take the track route back, we all agreed to this route change. Unfortunately Allistair and Martyn both got punctures on route and therefore this delayed the ride a couple of times. We still averaged 17mph for the 70 miles ride and the weather was quite pleasant for January. Rider of the week was given to Andy Pedley who rode well throughout the whole 70 miles.