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.

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.


Riders on the 170km route (and Dudley doing the 130km event hoping for an early coffee) prepare to set off


The bunting was out for a rare sighting of Dave W (initially thought to be away for this event), and others assembled for the start of the 130km route


Pete and Dick ready to lead some of the riders on the 70km route

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?

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Alison is used to the hills. She lives in Sheffield and came across to ride the event with her father

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Terry and Ray set the tempo for the cheeky Stoneknowle Hill climb out of North Newbald

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Dropping down towards South Dalton after the first crossing of the A1079

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Robert offers encouragement to Alison on the climb out Kiplingcotes Valley

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All smiles

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More smiles

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.

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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.

Download the list of finishers for the East Yorkshire CTC 2015 Challenge Rides

2 Responses to “September 2015 Challenge Rides – Results”

  1. Geoff Rawson wrote:

    Angie and I are once again happy to have completed a tough interesting and challenging route we particularly enjoyed the new approach to Birdsall via grimston and Richard one of our group flapping his arms like an eagle to chase the cows off the road thanks for putting in brantingham climb after 100 mile makes it a different climb

  2. ChrisB wrote:

    Cheers, Geoff. I've just been looking at the route generated by the .gpx track another rider sent me for the day. Rather like you last year he made a slight (and longer) deviation from the route – in his case going via Kirby Grindalythe and Duggleby thereby avoiding Wold Road and the fabulous views over towards the North York Moors. Despite also missing out on the cows lining Grimston Brow he managed to put in 108 miles for the day with over 5600ft of climbing, so we forgive him! If nothing else it is a reminder of the many varied route possibilities there are on the Yorkshire Wolds. Perhaps we should consider signing the route next year, but I can't help thinking it all adds to the fun 🙂

    Re Brantingham we now know what it takes for 'Deadly' Dave to find a use for his bottom gear!