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Many of us work off cycling ‘to do’ lists don’t we? For me, along with the Ventoux at some point, the Bealach na Ba has been on my cycling ‘must do’ list for quite some time. For about 12 years in fact, which was the last time I ventured into this part of the Highlands of Scotland en route to Applecross, then Torridon. At that time, when travelling by car, there was no one attempting it by bike, nor was there the previous time I’d been over it. ‘Next time I’m up this way I must bring my bike’ I thought. In those 12 years a lot has changed, I’m older for a start! Mitigating against this bikes are generally lighter and have lower gears available fortunately for me. What I didn’t expect to see was a lot of cyclists toiling up it in mid October, but there again cycling has boomed, the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs rates it ‘the Holy Grail, the toughest and wildest climb in Britain’. So is it?
It’s just a few weeks now till the annual bring & buy sale. It’s always a great event with loads of tat bargains to be bought and sold, the famous cafe (cakes galore) and a 50/50 raffle. Come along and buy loads of old junk useful items, then natter away to your mates over a cuppa and a slice of cake (or three) in the cafe. It’s a Teesside institution!
Entry £1, Sellers’ tables £1, 50/50 lottery £1.
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The CWCC annual quiz will take place on Saturday 19th November at Saltburn Community Hall. It’s 7pm for a 7.30pm start and includes a pie & pea supper (vegetarian pies are available, please mention it when booking). This promises to be great fun, as always and is open to CWCC members and their invited guests. Tickets are £5, including pie!
Get your tickets from Josef – details on the flyer.
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Next weekend, the 15/16 October, is the away weekend to Kettlewell. This event was an instant sell out, the YHA there has only 29 beds and they were taken almost straight away.
There will be two groups setting off from Great Ayton on Saturday morning after tea/coffee and snacks to prepare the riders for the road ahead. A medium group heading out via Middleham on a route of approximately 60 miles and a fast group heading out through Bedale, Masham, Grassington covering approximately 75 miles. Both rides converge at Kettlewell YHA around 17:00.
The aim of the trip is more of an end of season social event where we can have a laugh and joke with liked minded people, enjoy a mid ride coffee stop, and compare stories of the season over a beer in the evening. We will be eating at the recommended ‘Kings Head’ in Kettlewell…and there will be a pre-dinner quiz prepared by Marcus.
On the return trip the fast group will come back via Hawes over the Buttertubs and back down through Swaledale. The medium group will be returning via Aysgarth, Redmire, Grinton Richmond then home.
Claire and Stewart Tanfield have kindly offered to support the ride – transporting all baggage to and from Kettlewell.
A photo gallery from today’s hillclimb. It turns out we have more than one string to our “official photographer” bow so there’s a whole bunch more than there were originally.
Our thanks to Brian Gleeson and Andy Curson.
Feel free to use any of the photos for non-commercial purposes.