Previous Trips

Hebden Bridge; The Old 240 400KM Audax, 22-23 May –Dave becomes 5 times Finisher!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-22

Back in 2002 myself and Gordon White were intrigued by this 400KM event on the AUK calendar, organised by West Yorkshire CTC, claiming to be one of AUK’s hardest rides. Essentially an old West Yorks 24 Hour Standard Ride had been resurrected and converted into a 400KM audax, which takes riders from the event HQ near Hebden Bridge to Settle, Dent, Appleby, Hartside Top, Alston, over Yad Moss and returns to base via Leyburn, Kidstones and Gargrave. All in the event earns 6.5AAA points from the 6400m of climbing and riders have 27 hours to finish.

Richmond; SOC Audaxes

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-08

After months of preparation we had the good fortune to have over 70 entrants across the 3 events, not to mention dry, pleasantly warm conditions marred only by a fresh southerly wind,  and  crucially an excellent SOC support team to help with administration, refreshments, meeting and greeting.

Richmond; Maypole Dancing

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-03

Twenty people took part in this Bank Holiday Monday ride to Ovington (the maypole village). One explanation given for the impressive numbers was that some people had misread the programme and thought that there may be pole dancing rather than maypole dancing.

Hutton Rudby; Brian's Hill Climbing, Leg Crunching Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-24

I set off from home on my bike at 8.30am on a bright, sunny morning thinking a 9.00am start for the hill climbing, leg crunching ride was a little bit early and could mean Brian would probably have few mates.  However, imagine my great surprise and delight that 16 cyclists turned out.

Brompton; Flat 100

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-17

It was in the Programme as an “Easy 100” and it did what it said. The terrain was flat, the roads quiet, the weather cool and dry and the wind not too strong and mainly across us.

Richmond; Easter at Once Brewed

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-05

It seemed hard to believe that 12 months of hectic activity had passed since our 2009 Easter Bridges YH trip. For 2010 we selected the Hadrian's Wall Once Brewed hostel to not only minimise the travelling distance but also because it offers some of the most rewarding cycling and walking terrain in the UK.

Once Brewed; An Easter Story

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-05

An Easter Story

Three of the cyclists decided to ride
Up to Once Brewed this Eastertide.
At Staindrop D and J met M.G.S.
For the first tea stop and a well-earned rest.
James left the café at quite a pace.
A leisurely weekend? More like a race!
Melanie felt the speed was a little too quick –
She arrived at the centre feeling quite sick.
The lads burnt her off on the first 50K
They were on form, but it wasn’t her day.

Once Brewed; The Gathering

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-03

The Gathering

The clarion call
Was heard by all.
Our leader Dave
Nicknamed “The Brave”
Cried “to the Wall”!

James the Slim
(Or not so fat Jim)
Set off from the Castle
Without any hassle
To meet up with him.

They rode without stop
To where stains drop.
Like bats out of hell
They met up with Mel
And Mick of the Op.

Mick feeling the pace
And red in the face
At Hamster’s Leigh
Said farewell to the three
And dropped out of the race.

Richmond; To Ulnaby

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-13

Lyn, Steve, Bernadine, Tim, Liz, Mark, Mick and I met at Nuns Close car park in Richmond. Mark’s birthday cake arrived slightly before Mark, having fallen off his pannier rack (the cake not Mark) and sliding across the road as he braked at a junction. It was a great idea to share his birthday cake with us but we persuaded him to return it temporarily to his car and to bring it to the Clubhouse afterwards.

Darlington; Two Dales

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-07

Melanie, Valerie, Tony, Paul, Steve and Roland cycled from Darlington on March 7th. We passed through pockets of cold, shaded and still air then warm sunshine on the road to Killerby. As we climbed we were surprised by the amount of mud smeared onto the tarmac. Avoiding mud and ice we passed Lands cricket field where, although it was not quite cricketing weather, it was sunny and warm. Eventually Wolsingham’s windows flashed like mirrors as the descent from the moor into Weardale began.