Day Rides Cycling Page 2

No sign of Hockney but very fine cycling

Cyclist approaching – the bridleway between Bishop Wilton and Fangfoss After at least half a dozen visits to Hockney Country I thought this weekend we might at last have seen The Man. The weather was gorgeous – warm sunshine and almost windless: perfect for sitting at an easel to paint the English landscape. Sunday's big […]

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Cycling the Monsal Trail

Sandra and I cycled the Monsal Trail the other day. The trail has apparently existed since 1981 but I hadn't heard of it until last year when it was announced that four ancient railway tunnels are now open to walkers, wheelchair users, cyclists and horse riders, after being made safe by the Peak District National […]

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Floods, sleet and suspected hypothermia… spring is here!

The only photograph from Sunday's ride, and that was taken the next morning when I tipped out the soaking wet contents of the LiDL carrier bag I got drenched on Sunday completing the first standard ride of the year. A 70 in 6 from Cottingham Green out to Stamford Bridge. As last year I clung […]

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BandonInnishannon Reluctobike…

Tuesday. On my tod. Cloud. Bah! Strong westerly wind. Humbug! Tired..Sigh. Pfaff around until bigbad boredombites. Mrs.Lee golfing. Harrumph! Pull out the old rechained sprocketturnedThorn. Enthusiasmfreezone. Goongetgoing. NononoIwon't. Justdoit. Huh!

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Plain cycling to the Berkshire highlands

For my first post, I thought it would be a good to share a little of the countryside accessible during a 60 mile day-ride from home – home being Durrington in Wiltshire, a village on the south-east edge of Salisbury Plain about 9 miles north of Salisbury. Normally, day-rides in February require all sorts of […]

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The Granite Way

The Granite Way is a cycle track built on the dismantled London and Southwestern Railway line – later used by the Great Western Railway, and still later by BR Southwestern Region – between Lydford and Okehampton, Devon. It is maintained by a partnership of Sustrans and Devon County Council. It forms part of Route 27. […]

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A run around the Manx hills and fells

Its been AGES since my last blog. The winter doesn't entice me to drag out my camera, although I have still been plugging out my Audax rides. During the winter though, I tend to cycle my Perms rather than GPS because I am so rubbish on the computer, it takes me about 3 hours to […]

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Bempton Cliffs and Rudston from Bridlington

Big Skies Bike Rides is the name given to eight cycle loop rides 'launched' in 2010. They take their name from the phrase used by David Hockney when he compared the sky over the Yorkshire Wolds to 'the big sky' he experienced in the American West. This 23.5-mile route starts in Bridlington and passes through […]

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The First Day of Spring!

Well, OK, that might be a bit optimistic but days are now officially getting longer and on a mild day like today it feels like the start of spring. I've never understood why people celebrate the summer solstice, its really the start of winter. The winter solstice is the magical time, the promise that the […]

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Small Ring

Local bikes mock Brown Bike's smallest chainring. "What use is that?" they say. "We live in SW Cambs, not Switzerland." BB politely replies to these local bikes, which are mostly MTBs (and BB is a tremendous snob), that he does sometimes venture to the badlands of the north. Besides, teeny-tiny bottom gears are sometimes handy, […]

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Wiggle Wight Winter Sportive

I've never ridden a sportive. I followed behind one once, entered it with a friend the following year, but then chickened out when she couldn't go. The Wiggle Wight Winter sportive is the first such event to take place wholly on the island and I was initially keen to enter it. However the doubts soon […]

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The Great Circle Ride

Wednesday's ride was the last mainland outing for the Autumn Tints until next spring. Unusually it meant returning to the island from a different ferry port than we left. I'd had thoughts of doing this ride myself in the summer as I liked the idea of using 5 different ferries. I was, however, put off […]

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If it's Sunday it must be Fridaythorpe

Following the Bracken trail (and the pattern of the day) the other chaps pull away in to the fog Today's ride was a struggle. It's been three weeks since my last ride and a week since the Bailey household succumbed to the nursery germs that James brought home with him. Still, I'm glad I got […]

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Ruby's drug run

Ruby Bike was feeling somewhat neglected. Possibly because I had been neglecting her. Autumn weather, and I really needed to kit her out properly, all the usual excuses. She overheard today's weather forecast: a bit of sun might break through the thick blanket of cloud. That's me, she said, I'm the summer bike, right? But […]

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A bike ride in the (other) Wolds

"I went for a bike ride in the Yorkshire Wolds," I say. "Where's that?" they ask. "East of York." The Lincolnshire Wolds are north east of Lincoln, south from Hull, and although this part of the country is separated from the Yorkshire Wolds by the city of Hull and the Humber estuary, it is similarly […]

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Romsey to Burghclere, a short ride in chocolate box England

Mainland rides are like buses – none for ages then 3 come along! Dennis went to a meeting near Newbury on Saturday so I siezed the chance to get a lift with him and ride somewhere different. The weather gods have been exceptionally kind to me lately and it was a glorious autumn morning as […]

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Gridiron 2011

This is the fourth time that I've ridden the Gridiron 100k in the New Forest. It makes a splendid day's ride from the Isle of Wight and the ride to and from the ferry takes it over the hundred mile mark. Typical New Forest cycling

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Thanksgiving 2011 – The Haliburton Loop

Thanksgiving is a North American holiday, supposedly celebrating the generosity of the native Indians when the original pilgrims were starving during their first winter on this continent. I read recently that, in fact, it was declared a national holiday in the U.S. by Abraham Lincoln to celebrate recent Union victories over the Confederates after three […]

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Thixendale from Malton or Norton on Derwent

Big Skies Bike Rides is the name given to eight cycle loop rides 'launched' in 2010. They take their name from the phrase used by David Hockney when he compared the sky over the Yorkshire Wolds to 'the big sky' he experienced in the American West. This 21.5-mile route starts in Malton/Norton and passes through […]

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A south bank century: a mystery ride to Misterton

Nothing much to report here, except on this, surely the last sweltering weekend of 2011 in my part of northern England, I dragged myself around a route that gave me what is certainly my last 100-miler of the year. Like many of my rides across the Humber I had little idea where I was on […]

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Cycling to Corfe Castle

I spend a lot of time cycling along the south coast of the Isle of Wight. On a really clear day you can make out the hotels along the seafront at Bournemouth and the distant outline of the Purbeck Hills beyond. I've often fancied cycling to this distant vista but I've always been put off […]

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Redruth 70 – an adventure!

I have this idea to ride on every road in Cornwall. Obviously, it's a stupid and pointless idea, but I can reasonably do it if I just take the all the main roads, all the B roads, and the main unclassified roads. I landed on this plan a few years ago whilst mowing the grass […]

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Balmy in Biggleswade

The sun fought to burn through the pinky-purple haze when Brown Bike and I set off at 7am this morning. We avoid travelling before 9am because we are not keen on commuters. They know these country lanes forwards and backwards (but mostly not sideways). They know the exact speed they can take each corner, and […]

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A Count Enchancer

Despite its dangers, and they are real, there are several major pleasures you can get from cycling. There is the buzz you get from a good but not excessive workout, there is the sensual pleasure of a warming sun on your bones and the wind in your face, there is the thrill of going around […]

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Cycling to Exeter and back

The weather has been awful and unreliable for WEEKS. Although I've been able to get out cycling every now and again, I've been champing at the bit to get out for a real ride. Usually, I do a circuit of anywhere between 15 miles and 75 miles, but I'm running short of ideas. I fancied […]

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Coffee in Caistor and tea in Tealby: a cycle ride in the Lincolnshire Wolds

The regulars in our little B group have been absent lately for various reasons. But I have had a pass out on four consecutive weekends so I have made the most of each of them. Last Sunday two riders, who were new to our group the previous week, came back for a ride across the […]

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Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge 2011 and an Audax 200km

Its time I upgraded my Audax riding, and none better than including it with a local Sportive – The Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge, organised by Isle of Man Cycling. Route of my 200km, together with the coastal route followed by the Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge Sportive.

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A cycle loop of the West Pennine Moors

Earlier this week I made an overdue car journey across to the other side of the Pennines and met up with another CycleSeven blogger, Patrick, for a ride around the West Pennine Moors (map of the Moors) . It was a Lancashire ride that had everything I could offer in my part of Yorkshire – […]

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Cameras and Cambridge

Brown Bike has returned from holiday and is back at work running errands. We had planned on a trip to Cambridge for yesterday, but the forcast was for rain, rain, possibly thunderstorms and more rain. We had enough of that on holiday, so we put it off for a day. (As it turned out, we […]

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A cycle ride to Pocklington

On the way home beside the road between Burnby and Londesborough Diary entry: Mrs Bailey was visiting a friend today so I stretched a pass out and sneaked in a 60-mile ride to Pocklington. The last time I rode there I got a lift back from Patrick after the loop we rode that day. I […]

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The Ghost of a Highland Road

This is an article taken from the first issue of 'The Bicycle' published on February 25th 1936. Before we go any further I'd like to make it very clear that this is not a suggestion for the next CycleSeven get together! Today the Corrieyairack Pass is rated as a serious MTB expedition due to the […]

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Sledmere Country from Sledmere

Big Skies Bike Rides is the name given to eight cycle loop rides 'launched' in 2010. They take their name from the phrase used by David Hockney when he compared the sky over the Yorkshire Wolds to 'the big sky' he experienced in the American West. This 17.5-mile route starts in Sledmere and passes through […]

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A West Riding hiding, or a Yorkshire Dales century ride over two days

When Winifred Holtby wrote her novel “South Riding” – it was published a year after her death in the 1930s – she set it in a fictional part of Yorkshire, although there were thinly veiled references to real places and people in the East Riding of Yorkshire. (I wanted to believe the stories I thought […]

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A quick bike ride into Wyresdale and round Nicky Nook back to Lancaster

Cairns Fell from near Scotforth Heights Diary entry: my cousin Mike and I went for a spin yesterday from his house in Lancaster. Most enjoyable. We cycled east into Wyresdale then south along the road that skirts round the side of Harris End Fell, and came back north round Nicky Nook through some very pleasant […]

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Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales: a 100 mile bike ride (with some pushing)

A weekend cycle tour in the Yorkshire Dales as originally described in The Cyclist magazine by L.G. Fothergill in 1937 became a one-day ride when CycleSeven met each other for the first time and cycled the route in July 2011. We were joined by my cousin Mike, and Dan Baritono from the CTC Forums.

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Cycling a wet Willerby loop via Huggate

Cycling in the Yorkshire Wolds: a break in the rain Another ride in the Yorkshire Wolds with Chris, this time starting at *Waitrose car park close to the Humber Bridge (easily accessible on the M62). An excellent route just short of 60 miles, we hadn't been sure whether to cycle it on the Saturday or […]

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The Early Bird

I recently acquired a book 'Adventure Cycling', published in 1959. According to its author, Ronald English, 'The cyclist who has never.....been up before the break of day has some exciting experiences in store; for, sooner or later, he will have to beat the sun and see those first streaks across the sky. The coolest part […]

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"History is now and England"

I've been fooled before by aerial photographs, so I pedalled off to check that the A1(M) north of Huntingdon really does still have the adjacent old road, and that it is usable as far as Sawtry. It's an important part of my trip north and I wouldn't want to backtrack so early. I also wanted […]

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Advantage: Hybrid

I'm enjoying my hybrid bike much more than I thought I would when I bought it last August. It was intended to be a winter bike but it's now a summer bike as well. I can appreciate the roadie's satisfaction in riding skinny tyres on a good surface – the efficiency and speed of a […]

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A Late Longest-Day Ride

It rained a little yesterday morning but the forecast was dodgy, so I waited until today which was sunny and warm when we set off at 10am. I decided to get to the supermarket the long way round, along country lanes. Then I decided it was so nice I would go a very long way […]

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Perfect cycling

What is the perfect environment for leisure cycling? If a cyclist was free to create a landscape purely for the pleasure of riding a bike, what would it be? My list:

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Great Wold Valley from Hunmanby

Big Skies Bike Rides is the name given to eight cycle loop rides 'launched' in 2010. They take their name from the phrase used by David Hockney when he compared the sky over the Yorkshire Wolds to 'the big sky' he experienced in the American West. This 21.1-mile route starts in Hunmanby and passes through […]

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Hayling Island and the Bat and Ball

It was drizzling slightly with a cool, blustery wind as I cycled to the ferry terminal at Ryde to join the Autumn Tints for their latest mainland ride. I always used to walk along Ryde pier as the planks were just far enough apart to swallow a bike wheel. This was the first time I'd […]

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Spring 2011 – Haliburton Highlands

Spring weather has been awful – bone chilling cold, rain, wet snow, cloud, winds – you name it, we’ve had it. As the sign at the local cinema says, “Where in Hell is Spring?” We decided to take last week off and ride. The original plan was to go to Virginia (where we rode in […]

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Isle of Wight Randonnee 2011

The weather was kind for this year's randonnee – warm and sunny but with a stiff breeze. We expected large numbers of cyclists and we were not disappointed. 2089 people took part with the vast majority riding the 100k route and only 257 opting for the 55k circuit. Full details of the event can be […]

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A Noisy Ride to Reach

Brown Bike disapproved of my brilliant idea of strapping bananas to his rack. As we whizzed down Madingley Hill into Cambridge, he dropped them into his rear wheel, chewed them up and spat them out. We were joining the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and Cycle Cambridge ride to Reach Fair. It was a decent turnout, perhaps […]

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A Royal Tandem

Two Bank Holidays bolted each side of a weekend, not the tandem Boris gave Wills and Kate as a wedding present. Four days of unbroken sunshine and, it has to be said, a national feelgood factor in the air. Plus smoke.

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Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route: a one-day ride

The (proposed*) Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route is a loop of more than 140 miles including two off-road sections that can be avoided fairly easily if required. There seems to be no specific start to the well-planned route developed by ‘Visit Hull & East Yorkshire’, but we completed this course as a one-day ride in a […]

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Boldly to go, where no sane cyclist has gone before

The Tints mainland ride this month was to the New Forest. Great! Straight off the ferry and into beautiful countryside. No city centres to work your way out of, just miles of quiet lanes, bliss! I happily cycled the familiar 20 miles to the ferry at Yarmouth on a beautiful sunny morning that promised to […]

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A heavyweight hangs up his… wheels?

Boxers hang up their gloves, footballers their boots and tennis players their racquets. What do cyclists hang up? Their bikes? Their wheels? My wheels are coming off the bike to be taken back to their builder to be trued. I've done a few hundred miles on them so they are ready for a bit of […]

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