Sunday, 8 September 2013

King of the Pennines, September 2013

A 45 miler, organised by Evans Cycles
Four club members, Alansandro on his brand new steed, Stewie, Jan, and our President set off on a chilly Sunday morning to ride the shorter version of this Sportive route.
Bright sunshine helped warm the muscles, but lactic burn did the rest! The Cat 3 climb up western flank of Malham Cove was a lung-buster, but the reward was fantastic cycling beside Malham Tarn amidst the limestone outcrops in this part of the world.

Alansandro and Jan pretending they're not out of breath...
Stewie in action
Jan and Alansandro up on't moor (Nab End, north of Malham Tarn to be precise)
Club President Fabian enjoying the benefit of Himalayan altitude training!
Some other cheeky little hills kept us entertained and the final Cat 4 just before the descent back to Skipton reminded us that deciding not to do the 100 mile version was a wise decision. Next year perhaps!

A good morning's ride, 73km despatched in 3 hours 17 minutes. Suitable quantities of Ilkley Brewery's fine Mary Jane ale were enjoyed in the team debrief held later in the Half Moon in Knaresborough. An excellent way to round off the day!

Job done, now for the beer....

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