* Ilkley Cycling Club have planned a series of 7 training rides each Sunday from the beginning of January
* The idea of these rides is to build a good core level of base fitness.
* The rides will start around 60ish miles in the New Year and build to 100m + towards Spring.
* Pace should ideally be at at brisk training pace, but there is no need for it to be at all "flat out", nor is it a good idea to set off at burn-up pace on longer rides. Out and out speed sessions are better done on shorter rides. But the rides do need to be tough enough to have the desired training effect.
* All levels or types of riders are welcome. Stronger riders can do more work at the front. Less fit riders can ride in the shelter or simply try to stay with the group all or part of the way.
Last years rides were very popular amongst all different types of riders but there were a number of requests for a slightly steadier (ie slower average speed) group . This year there will be the option of setting off with a steadier group at 8.00 am , offering a half hour cushion on the 8.30 starters.
* Cafe stops are NOT designed into the rides. Riders should bring food and drink to take on the move.
* This is the grottiest time of year for weather, it will often be cold and wet. Therefore it is not advisable to stop for punctures or mechanical problems. On a rubbish day with a big group of riders, waiting for punctures or bits and bats of problems can cause protracted, cold delays. All riders should come kitted out to deal with their own problems, then with prior knowledge of the route a rider can continue / take a short cut to meet the group / or simply turn back, depending on where the problem occurs.
* In the unlikely circumstance of a crash or accident, ALL RIDERS SHOULD STOP, and make sure any injured riders are properly sorted out before continuing.
* The ride routes will be pre-published on the website and all riders should familiarise themselves with the route plan. There should not be a need for Ride Leaders, there will be plenty of experienced riders in the group. A sweeper will not be needed for this type of ride.
* Due to the uncertainty of weather conditions at this time of year, rides might have to be altered , shortened or even cancelled on the day. Notice will be given via the website , facebook & the ICC forum whenever possible.
* Any regrouping will not be pre-determined, but could be decided upon by the riders if necessary, dependant on weather , terrain, what time it is etc.
* The routes have been designed with the time of year in mind, and hopefully provide both good training and a decent ride.
These will also be posted alongside the other club ride options as an alternative each week on the rides page. They will also have map links attached for rider information.
Nesfield- Burnsall- Kilnsey- Arncliffe loop- Kettlewell- Buckden Triangle - re-trace
Nesfield- Bolton Abbey- Embsay- Rylstone- Airton- Settle- Stainforth- Halton Gill- Littondale- Kilnsey- Burnsall.
Askwith - Otley - Leathley - Weeton - Netherby - Sicklinghall - Wetherby - Walshford - Boroughbridge roundabout - Retrace outward route
Addingham- Cringles- Silsden - Steeton - Skipton- Carleton - Broughton - Gargrave - Bank Newton - Nappa - Wigglesworth - Eldroth- Lawkland - Austwick-Helwith bridge- Stainforth- Halton Gill- Arncliffe- Burnsall.
Nesfield- Bolton Abbey- Embsay-Heeton- Winterburn- Airton- Settle-Horton in Ribblesdale - Ribblehead- Ingleton- Cold Cotes - Clapham- Lawkland- Eldroth - Rathemell- Wigglesworth - Hellifield- Nappa- Bank Newton- Gargrave- Broughton- Carleton- Cononley- Farnhill- Silsden- Addingham Moorside.
Askwith - Otley - Leathley - Beckwithshaw - up to 4 laps of Pennypot Lane circuit (12m per lap, Beckwithshaw - Pot Bank - Pennypot Lane - Bland Hill - Beckwithshaw) on 5th lap return via Norwood Edge - Otley - Askwith. Route map
(only 1 loop mapped so miles greater than map shows)
SUN 17/ 2
Nesfield - Bolton Abbey - Embsay - Hetton - Winterburn - Airton - Settle - -Stainforth - Ribblehead - Hawes - Fleet Moss- Kettlewell - Burnsall.