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    Felt a bit lethargic this morning so an 11.30 start for todays ride of 40 miles and 3,471 feet in 2hrs 41 min. A bit quicker than I thought I was going as the legs and lungs were not very happy!

    A cold but bright day saw me go out to Taddington, Earl Sterndale and down Long Dale to the small mere at Heathcote. A drink and banana before crossing the 515 and down into Parwich prior to the short steep climb out and on to Pikehall. Along Elton Moor to Winster before the lovely descent below Robin Hoods Stride to the A6 and past Haddon Hall to Bakewell before the final climb up to home. A few cyclists about, but similar to Graham has reported, loads of motor bikes which caused me a couple of unnerving moments when they were overtaking lines of cars coming towards me on what were not the widest of roads.

    Didn't feel on it today but the highlight was a £20 note blowing towards me and, as I dislike litter, I felt obliged to dismount and pick it up and it will be disposed of appropriately.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    Perhaps I should join a bike riding forum as I'm still not running, but today did a very cool and breezy 45.43 miles and 4'085 feet in 3hrs 6min with my Osteopath friend who was so impressed with my choice of route, and he enjoyed himself so much that he is going to get me back running at mates rates!

    Out to Buxton and up Manchester Road and then down into the Goyt Valley. Up and over to Axe Edge and after a delicious slice of Lemon Drizzle Cake at Flash Bar Stores, (still no cornflake cake), along the ridge to The Mermaid before the long descent into the Manifold Valley at Hulme End.

    Up and over to The Dove Valley and Hartington before the drag to Parsley Hay and then down into Monyash and then home.

    Surprisingly saw less than 10 other cyclist on what was a cool but lovely day to be out in the fresh air.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    A 37 miles (4000 feet) pootle yesterday through Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope up the A6033 on the Oxenhope Moor climb (5/10 in Simon Warren’s book) to the point at the top of the hill where the road is blocked for repair, “including cyclists and pedestrians” , no less! - and back through Cullingworth and the sharp little climb up Park Road out of Bingley towards Ilkley Moor.

    A pity about the road closure because from there it is a delightful 5 miles downhill to Hebden Bridge. Apparently, the road is one of the Dept of Transport’s most dangerous (narrow, winding, steep, dark) and the road will be closed for 5 months to sort it out.

    I think this was the road across which the famous Blue Pig Hill Race (held in January 1988 and 1989) crossed but after attracting over 500 runners in 1989 the police intervened over the “limited” parking arrangements (see previous paragraph) and Dave Yates of Calder Valley FR never organised the event again.

    Billy Bland was 5th in 1989 so clearly a race worth a long drive!

    (The “Blue Pig” is the pub at Midgehole down the valley side from the A6033).
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    Strictly not a pub. Midgehole Working Men's Club

    One of the favourite checkpoints to marshall at on the Hobble

    Cheap beer, low level, easy to get to

    Wonder why?


    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post

    (The “Blue Pig” is the pub at Midgehole down the valley side from the A6033).

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    Many happy afternoons marshalling at The Blue Pig

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    Into South Derbyshire, but staying on the South side of the Trent.

    Included a walk to the caves known as Anchor Church; the walk turned out to be more of an adventure than I had expected. The footpath along the river bank appeared to be subject to an ownership dispute between the land and the water: a mud bath. The alternative, which I took, was a well-defined but narrow and slippery trod above a precipice; not great in cycling shoes.

    Route: out via Breedon and Melbourne, back via Staunton Harold and Whitwick.
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    A trip out to Kinver and Enville today. A murky but thankfully dry day, cool and requiring winter gear fo the first time this season. The legs felt empty on the first couple of climbs so avoided any of the big climbs I would normally aim for but around these parts the little ones soon add up - 1200m in my 72km to be exact.

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    A cool but still day for todays bike ride of 35.28 miles and 3,297 feet in 2hr 28min. A bit of a zig zaggy route which included Taddington, Earl Sterndale, up to the Buxton Raceway at Axe Edge which had banger racing on and hundred's of spectators watching from an embankment, but the "grandstand" was empty!
    Back down to Glutton Bridge and Earl Sterndale again before Flagg, Monyash and home.

    I didn't set off until 2pm as I had given my bike a good clean yesterday so waited for the roads to dry, which they did. However, due to the later start, I got caught on two occasions by cows crossing roads for afternoon milking and needless to say my bike is filthy. I did have a couple of rests and nice chats to farmers whilst waiting. I hosed off the worst tonight and a bike cleaning session booked in for tomorrow.

    Strangely I only saw 2 other cyclists on what was a decent day but perhaps many were on cowshit alert!

    Last week I bought a pair of cycling gloves from Aldi for £4.99 and wore them with a thin pair of Ron Hill gloves underneath and my hands were kept lovely and warm. They have a couple of gel pads and a little bulky but did the job on a cold day. I would recommend them but have not used them in the wet yet.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    Theoretically a nostalgic pootle out to Goose Eye (near Oakworth, near Keighley) to do the Tour of Yorkshire short but sharp Game Scar Lane - which only rates 4/10 in Simon Warren's book, presumably because although it has some 20-25% it is quite short at only a quarter of a mile.

    What was a shock was to discover a new steep climb out of Sutton-in-Craven on my meandering way that seemed to go on forever - illustrated on the OS map as a "Viewpoint" at the top! But what goes up must come down and reflecting that since allegedly there are no agnostics in fox holes, at 40 mph with the bike bouncing around I did ponder if the same applies to cyclists descending narrow winding Yorkshire country roads.

    Wharfedale Harriers organise an evening one mile uphill road race - "Murder Mile" - out of Silsden which climbs around 500 feet in the mile. The road only serves a farm or two so is hardly used (otherwise it could not be used for a race with 200 runners including children). Cycling up it this afternoon on my way home I saw four police cars (and allegedly two unmarked cars had left the scene), a vehicle recovery van and a certain unprecedented - business. Nearer the top of the climb the cause became apparent with a car in a deep ditch having skidded off the road and scoured twenty yards of dry stone wall before stopping and two young (too young to have any license) and very sheepish teenagers being interviewed by the police. I was told by a passer-by the car had been stolen shortly before its brief adventure.

    Luckily I have Eurosport so I can enjoy 30 miles and 3500 feet, all this excitement and keep up with the Giro and the Tour of Flanders
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    What was a shock was to discover a new steep climb out of Sutton-in-Craven on my meandering way that seemed to go on forever - illustrated on the OS map as a "Viewpoint" at the top!
    The Ellers I presume or possibly West Lane? both are quite steep as I recall.
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