Yorkshire Cancer Research would like to invite you to participate in The Dales Rider. Taking place on Sunday 1st September 2013, The Dales Rider takes in some of the most stunning landmarks within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Nidderdale Area of outstanding natural beauty.
So the Bank Holiday has finally come to an end and it has been fairly significant for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the Giro D’Italia came to a close with a predictable but most deserving winner, but perhaps even more important was the fact that rather surprisingly (for a Bank Holiday) we enjoyed the best cycling weather of the year so far – ok so with the ice age like conditions we have be enduring recently it wasn’t hard, but still very welcome to finally get sun drenched as opposed to the more common kind of drenched.
I’m going to start this article by going back twelve months. I’m on the last climb of the 2012 Etape Du Dales, a kind of ‘rights of passage ride’ for a Yorkshire sportive cyclist. Turning left in Stainforth I start the climb and immediately I begin to cramp up, I’m exhausted and this is the last thing I need. The only thing keeping me going is the thought that after this it’s pretty much down hill all the way to the finish. I’m going so slowly it would probably be quicker to walk. I grind it out all the while saying never again, never again………
Fresh off the back of our first event for 2013, The Pock Pedal, today’s challenge was the Acorn Charity Ride. Although a very relaxed event this was always planned as a full tilt outing for us. My companions for the day were members of the Cappuccino Cycling Club (Harrogate) and we had 20+ riders all looking to form a ‘train’ and give it everything we had for as much of the 60 mile course as we could.
And so a little later than originally planned (due to the weather forcing cancellations), this weekend brought our 1st sportive of the season – The Pock Pedal. Perhaps ambitious for a first outing this 100 miler looks relatively straight forward on paper for a North Yorkshire sportive boasting just 6500ft of ascent, however the reality is a relentlessly rolling and inevitably windy course with an absence of any leg breaking climbs but an abundance of long, leg sapping drags. Having ridden this event last year we should have remembered!!!