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Next Ride 21st July : meeting point pavillion at normal 8:30am .
14th July: 12 riders met at the pavillion for the pre-scheduled ride via some climbing to the Hollingwood cafe by the canal. We all set off via styruup but it was'nt long before Mick had a mechanical on his rear gearing. His bike was not repairable at the roadside and therefore he rang home and arranged for a lift with his bike. We decided to do a slight detour and met Mick, who had now exchanged his bike for his other road bike. All was well again as we set off towards Spinkhill and then up the climb at Marsh Lane, all climbed well and we were soon riding through Coal Aston. At Holmesfield Mark had a prior engagement and returned home, we then proceeded via Owler Bar and then taking the left towards Pratthall. After 50 miles of riding mostly up hill we arrived at the cafe at Hollingwood, as usual it was quick and perfect service. After a short chat we decided to take the shortest route back since Alistair could not be too late. We had not set off long when Alistair had problems clipping in after a junction, after investigation the pedal could not be repaired with the tools we had so Alistair continued to ride the journey home without clipping in on one pedal. We continued back to South Anston via Eckington and Spinkhill, at South Anston Alistair went with Mick & Emma to repair his bike for his journey home - while the remainder had a pint at King William at Oldcoates. An excellent ride achieving approx 80 miles and nearly 5000ft of climbing.
7th July: 14 riders met at the pavillion, and even with some riders attending after a long break (Colin & Leanne) we decided to ride together to Sandtoft airport (Happy cafe). We set off via Ranskill and then on to Clayworth, at Clayworth Pete told us that it would be advantage for all if he went via Gringley with Leanne while the remainder put a loop in via the power station and riding along the Trent. As we approached West Butterwick we saw Pete and Leanne in front us, we soon overtook them and arrived at the cafe. We were not long at the cafe when they arrived, we all sat outside and enjoyed the excellent service. We decided that again we would put a loop in via Wroot while Pete & Leanne rode direct to Misson and then Bawtry. As we rode along idle bank Brendan got a punture, Mick helped him repair. Altough it took a while to repair the punture due to the worn tyre we still took the right towards Wroot. We were going fast along the quite roads and with some chain ganging to assist we soon arrived in Bawtry but after Pete & Leanne. We had a short stop in Bawtry to confirm the rider of the week - Emma (very close , excellent riding by all especially Colin). We averaged over 18.7mph for the ride of approx 60 miles..
30th June: It was a warm day with a 18mph wind for the Sunday ride. We decided to go as one group to Askern since all riders were of A ride status. We rode out through the normal route via Tickhill / Spotborough and then via Hooton Pagnall to Askern. When we arrived at the cafe we sat outside and had a excellent value for money breakfast. Pete kept on asking us about the 200 mile ride we did the previous week, he was very interested in the route and how well we had all done on the day. We then set off on normal route back home via Armthorpe / Finningley and Bawtry. We had a short chat in Bawtry were Jonathan Veitch was named rider of the week . Well done.
23rd June: Due to the 200miler annual bike ride yesterday the attendance was quiet low. Six riders set off from the pavilion heading for Bolsover, on the link road from Barnby Moor to Babworth we came across a lonely rider -Andy Pedley, Andy turned around and joined us en route to Bolsover. We headed out through Clumber, Carberton, Nerther Langwith and finally ended up at Wetherspoons near Boksover Castle, we did however climb castle lane before the cafe stop. Matt Farmer made Castle Lane look easy achieving a fantastic time on Strava. After a good cafe stop we headed back home through Clowne, Shireoaks, Woodsetts, Letwell and Oldcotes. A nice steady pace approx 50 miles round trip.
22nd June: It was an early start for the 200 mile riders meeting at Epworth Co-op for a 5am start. A late entrance to the ride was John Owens, all the other riders encouraged John and said that he would be ok. We set off on time and travelled out towards Flixborough, then Winterton and skirting round the wolds to try and keep the route flatish. At Osgoodby we stopped for our first break having completed 50 miles (only a quarter of the way), we had a lovely breakfast at the cafe and then we were on our way again, we then travelled via lanes to Wragby. The route we took was excellent with few cars, near Horncastle we had a collision with two riders (Mark and Stu - epworth lads) collided at a junction, they both got up and seemed ok but later on Mark did'nt fell too good and arranged transport to collect him. As usual with the long rides we had a a few puncture three on the way to Skegness and John's wheel on the return journey. As we approached Skegness we clocked up the first 100 miles, we then rode to Gibraltor point cafe for lunch. The cafe was busy, did not serve fish & chips and was also expensive so we rode back into Skegness and had fish and chips near the clock tower. After a good break sitting in the sun and admiring the views we set off back to complete the second 100 miles. The route back was even more sceanic and flatter and we all rode well together having our next break near Woodall Spa outside the Co-op. The tradition on these rides is that when you have beat your distance record Lewis brings you a flask of whisky for you to have a drink, at 150 miles in was John's celebration drink (at this point I could of drunk the lot and stayed there). We then continued along until our next stop at Welton near Lincoln, we all now were feeling the pain of 160 miles in our legs especially Brendon. We sat outside the shop for a while and then proceeded on route to the finish, the miles now were counting down very slowly and it was hard work. We eventually arrived at Gainsborough at this point we were all confident of completing. We eventually arrived back at Epworth at 9:35pm, Brandon got a massive cheer as he rode to the finish and we helped him off his bike. This was an excellent ride and a great achievement by all. Thanks to Lewis & Stu for arranging the event.
16th June: 10 members met at the usual starting point and it had already been agreed to ride to Alkborough and a Cafe near the meeting point of the Trent and Humber. Lewis and Alan we're our Captains for the day and both did an excellent job of keeping the group on course and safe. Due to a missed placed camera, and other commitments, we lost 3 members early in the ride, but 7 members rode via Gringley, Misterton, Trentbank and crossed the Trent at Keadby Bridge. We then continued North and with a strong tail wind soon arrived at the Cafe.The cafe owner gave us a warm welcome and all enjoyed the prompt service and reasonable value for money. One member (who shall remain nameless) had a small issue with an incorrect bread order, but in end rather enjoyed brown bread.We retraced our route and crossed the Trent at Keadby. Lewis wanted to ensure he reached 100 miles so continued down the East side of the Trent. 6 Riders than stuck together and battled a strong headwind heading via Epworth and Misson.Many of the riders had the 200 mile ride in their heads and Lee, Lewis and Dave racked up 100+ mile rides. A Thanks to Lewis and Alan.
14th - 17th June : HDCC club trip to Isle of Man - Eight riders met at Mick's garage to share transport to Liverpool to catch the 11am Ferry to Isle of Man. Riders attending this trip were Andy, Glenn, John, Steve, Mick, Pete, Mel and Greg. We arrived at Liverpool in good time for the ferry and boarded securing are bikes to the railings, the journey over to Isle of Man was quite smooth. We are arrived at Douglas approx 3pm and had a very short commute to the hotel. We quickly unpacked and changed into our cycling gear and were soon heading down the road. All the routes are attached below for information, the Friday route was the famous TT course which obviously included the mountain stage from Ramsey back to Douglas. As we approached Ramsey the rain started to really pour and being in the clouds already it was really cold. We decided to stop at the pub at Creg Ny Baa, at the time we thought this was a good idea - but when we came out we were shaking with the cold. Although it was very difficult to ride we all made it home safe. We had evening meal at the hotel (very nice) and had a walk to sample a few local pints. On Saturday the weather had slightly improved for a route that Steve had selected, this took us down the south coast via Castletown to the very southerly point of Cregneash / Sound. As expected this route was not flat and by the time we had completed the 75 mile route we had climbed over 7500 ft. While travelling along the coastly route we called in at Glenn's sister where she had made some excellent cakes for us. After this excellent stop we continue further up the coast and then started climbing hills, one was that steep Greg , Mick and John decided to walk up the final stage to the top. We eventually saw Douglas coastline were we had our first casulty when Greg hit the tram lines and came off. Although slightly bruised he was determined not to miss the Sunday ride. Although the Saturday ride was very hard we all enjoyed it, again we ate at the hotel and fell asleep in the bar after a few drinks. On Sunday Glenn who often travels to Isle of Man to visit his sister had a ride planned, he stated it had a few monster hills involved so we persuaded him to adjust it slightly. We set off across the island to Peel (coastal town) and then rode north to flatter terrain, this was an excellent coastly route with excellent views. We stopped at the motorbike museum in Jurby for a coffee and then continued to the top of the island to Bride. The plan was to have lunch in Ramsey and then ride over the mountains back to Douglas but again the rain poured down so we detoured down the coast via Maughold and Laxey. Although wet we stopped to view the famous Laxey wheel and after cutting out some hills we still achived 4100ft of climbing in 65 miles. Greg was still not used to the tram line crossing and fell off again in Douglas. For the Monday ride we had to choose a shorter route since we had to vacate the room and catch the tram. Pete had a mechanical on his bike (could not select big ring) so he decided not to join us, Mick also decided to stay with Pete. We decided to do the TT course in reverse. Due to a road closure we had to put a slight loop on at the start then road to Creg Ny Baa and then continue up the hill to the turning to Barregarrow. We were now at the peak of the mountain and it was mainly flat at this height and the only company we had was sheep.. especially Mel since one decided it wanted a lift and knocked him off his bike. We road around the rest of the TT course at a good pace and was back at douglas at 11:30am. We packed our cases and boarded the ferry (very choppy on return leg). Even with the heavy rain this was still excellent trip and will be first in the callendar next year - for 2020 we will go in the summer. Thankyou to all you assisted in making this a well organised trip - Steve Parker (organised whole event) , Glenn and Steve for routes (including hills) plus the drivers Mick and Andy.
9th June: Again we had 17 riders, we decided to ride with both groups A & B together to Hockington ice cream parlour. We all rode well together and took the normal route via Ordsall / Askham / Tuxford to Ossington, we then rode via Cauton to Hockington for the cafe stop at the ice cream parlour. Although their was a summer event on with bouncy castle etc the service was fine. Mick took a few fictures at the cafe (see below) and we discussed the Isle of Man trip planned for 14th June with eight riders attending from the club. Alan will manage the ride next week and select the route for the Sunday ride.We then set off back home via Laxton and Tuxford, we were held up twice by punctures on Alan's rear wheel. We were all riding together and were soon approaching Ordsall and climbed the hill to Ranby and then taking the right onto green mile. We stooped at the junction and had a short chat and named new rider to the club Brendan as rider of the week.
2nd June: With a slight breeze and rain forecast for 1pm we met at the pavillion, seventeen riders were in attendance. We decided to have a joint (both A & B teams togeter) steady ride to Whisby nature reserve, We decided to take the normal route that everyone knows via Mattersey / Clayworth and up Strawberry hill. At Sturton Le Steeple we took the left down the back lanes to Cottam. While riding along these lanes Andy had a tumble caused by either strong side winds or pot hole, whatever the cause Andy hit the deck and was cut and bruised. We asked him if he wanted to go home but he said he was ok to continue the ride. We continued the ride over Dunham bridge and then taking a right towards North Clifton and Eagle. We were soon at the cafe where we sat outside, the cafe served us very quick to say their were 17 of us. Before we set off back met took a group photo. We then rode together until Mark had a punture which delayed the second pack of riders. We all grouped together again prior to the junction at the A57, riding together for the remainder of the ride. We completed the 74 miles in good time and rider of the week was given to Emma.
26th May: With the weather slightly wet and fairly windy we met at the pavillion for the rides to Goole (A team) and Edwinstow (B team). The Edwinstow group had 5 riders for the route to Edwinstow stopping at the craft centre for a coffee stop. The ride to Goole had 9 riders led by Andy, we took the route via Misson / Epworth / Beltoft and then slightly wet we rode over Keadby bridge taking the first left towards Flixborough following the river Trent route. We then follwed the Trent to Eastloft where John had to turn off due to previously arranged plans with the wife, the remaining 8 riders continued towards Goole for breakfast. The route back was very hard since the wind had got stronger and was obviously against us all the way home. Well done to the riders who put in extra miles and achieved 100 miles for the day.
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.