50th Anniversary Off Road ride – Mary Towneley Loop Sat 23 June

We nearly called it off due to the flooding in Lancashire / Yorkshire with Hebden Bridge, our intended lunch stop on the breakfast tv news due to the main street being submerged. But six intrepid off roaders set off from Waterfoot near Rawtenstall to tackle the 50 mile loop.

This was early on, before we had hit too much mud, although Tim had managed to skin his knees falling on the rocky slabs, El always smiling,Gareth the wippet, Derek on a borrowed bike and Kev who was on a mission riding up the “unridable” sections with apparent ease.

This was almost half way round, below Stoodley Pike near Todmorden. Although some of the tracks had been washed away in Friday’s rain and there was a massive landslip, many of the old cobbled sections were fine and the rivers had all subsided.

It stayed fine for most of the day but was very tough in the strong wind and the heavy going. This is the monument to Mary Towneley who campaigned for the reinstatement of many old pack horse tracks as bridleways for the enjoyment of all riders. That’s the dirtiest Gareth’s bike has ever been and there were a few creaks and groans from all of the bikes as we arrived back at Waterfoot, tired but happy 9 hours after setting off.

Club runs are back in the calendar for our members and new riders who are looking to join.

Upcoming Events

Oct
23
Sat
2021
09:00 Training Rides 1 & 2
Training Rides 1 & 2
Oct 23 @ 09:00 – 13:30
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 09:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 21mph+ Ride[...]
10:00 Training Ride 3
Training Ride 3
Oct 23 @ 10:00 – 13:00
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]
Oct
30
Sat
2021
09:00 Training Rides 1 & 2
Training Rides 1 & 2
Oct 30 @ 09:00 – 13:30
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 09:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 21mph+ Ride[...]
10:00 Training Ride 3
Training Ride 3
Oct 30 @ 10:00 – 13:00
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]

Club Meeting Times

Sunday runs:

09:30 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 10:00 during the winter months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

Wednesday runs:

10:00 - Hatchmere

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