September 2015 Challenge Rides – Results
Riders on our second East Yorkshire CTC September Challenge Rides – including many who weren't able to take part in our test event last year – were fortunate to enjoy the same sort of bright, sunny weather at the beginning of autumn that we had in 2014.
Riders on the 70km route. There was a lot of smiling today 🙂 pic.twitter.com/tPW3tQaCN3
— East Yorkshire CTC (@eyctc) September 6, 2015
So although distractions and other cycling attractions did draw away some of the riders who rode last year's event it was pleasing to see more of our own Member Group – and some fresh new faces – join us in 2015 for the challenge of this undulating course at all three distances to double the numbers from its field size last September.
All of the pictures below are of riders on the 70km route – the most popular choice. Unfortunately, I couldn't get out again so missed the faces of those 130km & 170km riders taking on the challenge of Yorkshire Wolds climbs such as Garton & Limekiln Hills to Sledmere, West Lutton to Settrington, Grimston Brow, Birdsall Brow, the Huggate Road out of Thixendale, Nunburnholme Hill, Kiplingcotes Lane and surely everyone's favourite after a ride of almost 100 miles: Brantingham Dale. Maybe next year?
Once more it was great to see a good turnout from the CTC affiliate group Cottingham Road Club, particularly on the 130km route. They have done a lot of work to help encourage new riders, including shorter evening rides. Their camaraderie was evident when one of their number was injured on the road and they waited as a group until she was picked up.
Earlier in the day some of the 70km riders new to our events had taken on Stoneknowle Hill out of North Newbald ahead of the main group (see photos below). The undulating terrain on all three courses helped to stretch out the group to avoid too many visiting the Potting Shed café outside North Cave at the same time. And some riders on the 70km chose not to stop at all and used the versatile shorter distance as a bit of a quick spin or to get away early for other commitments.
I am once again grateful to Adam Hardy of Sports Lab for the loan of his cycle event signs. Adam helps to organise the excellent Heart of the Wolds sportive that has taken place in April for the past three years. A big thank you also to John for all his help with the busy signing-in period; Sheila for doing virtually all the hospitality within the HQ after getting back from a short ride; for the generous donation from our man Francis of the Coffee House in Hull city centre by providing everything we needed for sandwiches and hot drinks; Rachael and Nikki for their very well-received baking, and Mrs B for the delicious sausage rolls and chocolate biscuit cake.