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Cleveland wheelers rough stuff challenge ride. Sunday 9th oct. 09.30. Fletchers farm

Hi wheelers. Please find below details of this years final challenge ride event. The rough stuff! A fun off road cycle around the foothills of the North Yorkshire moors. There’s also precious tourist trophy points available.  Sign on at fletcher’s farm car park ready for 09.30 depart, Sunday 9th October. As usual part of the challenge is to navigate the route and finish back at fletchers farm within the 4 hr cut off, although to be honest this ride tends to end up a group ride at a leisurely pace. The course is not to demanding and can be tackled on MTB, CX, or even one of these gravelly things, iv even seen it completed on a road bike whilst holding a breakfast bun!, although I wouldn’t recommend it. Anyhow, hopefully see some of you there.  Usual road club runs departing the tourist info car park that day at the usual time. 

Thanks, Dave k 

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Castleton 50 in 4 challenge ride. Sunday 18th Sept. 09.30 MSV

Cleveland wheelers castleton 50 in 4 challenge ride. Sunday 18th Sept, 09.30 MSV

Hi Wheelers, this Sunday 18th sept is our premier event! The Castleton 50 in 4 challenge ride. Start and sign on is at Middlesbrough sports village car park, be ready to roll out for 09.30. It’s free to enter and you have 4 hrs to complete the route.  Please see the link below for full details and route information. Unfortunately Castletown tea shop appears to be now closed? So sign off will be at the bench on the small green opposite castleton tea shop near the T junction. As is usual with the challenge rides, part of the challenge is to navigate the course and finish within the time cut off. Although the challenge rides are not lead rides, we will still probably operate a steady, medium and fast club run groups. You just need to be aware that you need to be self sufficient and able to deal with mechanical issues and Navigation, this is not a sportive!  Final thing is please can I ask you keep things tidy and respect your fellow riders and other road users. We are on display as the Cleveland wheelers when we operate these events, and please remember, it’s not a race! 

Thanks, and enjoy the ride, Dave K 

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Cleveland wheelers 100 in 8 challenge ride. Sunday July 24th, 9am, Ayton

Hi wheelers. It’s all go with the challenge rides this year, after squeezing in the revamped 150/12 recently, we’re now on to the 100 in 8 challenge ride next Sunday, 24th July, 9am prompt depart from Ayton tourist info car park, finishing at fletchers farm. Iv listened to the feedback from members and I’m aware that last years new route wasn’t popular, and not being afraid to change things and fiddle around with routes Iv reverted back to something similar to the old old route, pre 2012, Richmond, Grinton, Layburn, masham and back via an osmotherly loop to round up the miles. It’s not an overly difficult route as the idea of the 100/8 is to lure any riders in that may not have attempted 100 miles before. Riders are fine to go it alone or in their small groups, however the usual steady, medium and fast groups will be provided if riders would prefer to ride it club run style. Please see the link below for further details and route. Also please be at Ayton, signed on and ready for a prompt start at the earlier time of 9am! Riders not wishing to take part please form your usual 9.30 club run groups. Thanks, Dave k 

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Paul Christon Mountain challenge ride / Sunday 15th May. 09.30. Ayton

Hi all, the next challenge ride in the series, the Paul Christon mountain challenge is this Sunday 15th, 09.30 departing Ayton tourist info car park.  For anyone who hasn’t taken part before, there are 3 routes available, standard, plus, and Killer. Please see the link below for further route details. Don’t come expecting a pleasant day out! Our late friend paul designed these routes to make you all suffer majorly!, so let’s not disappoint!

    The challenge rides are not usually lead rides, and part of the challenge is to navigate the route, however if riders wish to gather in their usual club run groups then that would be helpful.  Any riders not wishing to take part please organise your club run as normal.  Last thing, I’m after 2 or 3 volunteers as gate openers and closers on Gribdale? So if anyone not taking part would like to volunteer as part of their ride / spectating / then that would be a big help. Otherwise last rider up Gribdale to close the gates.  Thanks, and enjoy!  Dave K 

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Northallerton 50 in 4. Sunday 13th March. 09:30  

Hi Wheelers. It’s challenge ride time again. The opening event is this Sunday’s Northallerton 50 in 4. Free sign on and start from Ayton tourist info car park, be ready for a 09.30 depart.  Finishing at Stokesley, with sign off outside Stokesley town hall.  I have made some small amendments again this year as traditionally riders can get a little excited with this event with it being the opening tourist trial of the year. If I can ask that riders depart in some sort of ability order with fastest riders first, aiming to prevent groups having to pass on the road, once underway I must insist that riders keep themselves neutralised, especially through Stokesley high street ! “It’s not a race”!  I have also moved the route finish to the Stokesley sign when heading back in to Stokesley from Hutton Rudby, to deter riders from maintaining average speed through Stokesley high street. 

For anyone that’s new to the challenge rides or doesn’t wish to get involved at the pointy end! I’m looking to run the wheelers steady, medium and fast groups as standard club runs around the course.  Remember that tourist trial points are available for completing the challenge rides, with extra points for proper fitted mudguards, and a proper saddle bag that’s capable of carrying a sandwich and a flask! Link to event details and route below. 

Please ride tidy and safely, and most of all, Enjoy.  

Thanks, Dave K