Green Jersey Gravel Rush.

Four of the gang rolled out to Clitheroe yesterday to take part in what was billed as an on/off road sportive organised by a cracking little Lancastrian bike shop, The Green Jersey.  You might have cottoned onto the term ‘gravel bike’ which is a new attempt for companies to part cyclists with their cash genre of drop-bar bike for light off roading, but a bit more relaxed than a full on Cyclocross racer. This is the type of bike that the ride was designed for but people turned up on a variety of tourers, CX machines and me and Paul Harding on mountain bikes, and everyone was made welcome.

It was an early start, (who knew 6.00 am was actually a thing on Sunday!)  but with the M6 traffic being as empty as I’ve ever seen it we got there in time enough to have a nice cuppa at the HQ before the 8.00 o’clock rider briefing. The shop proudly sports a large Bikes ‘n’ Brews sign in the front window and it’s traditional to start a WVCC MTB ride in a cafe so no need to trawl around the town to find somewhere open was a great start, and we got to look at the really nice stock of Cervelo’s, Genesis, Ridleys and a few other brands into the bargain.

The Green Jersey, bike shop and brew hut extraordinaire

The Green Jersey, bike shop and brew hut extraordinaire

Shorty after the briefing Jim Duffy, Iain Young, Paul Harding and myself all rolled out of the town, and as soon as we left the local streets Jim and Iain opened up the afterburners and that was the last we saw of them all day! Their loss though, as the ballistic pace to Slaidburn 20 miles later, where the feed station provided the most mega flapjacks, meant they were through the village before the caterers got the flag up to signpost the stop and they rode right through.

After Slaidburn the next landmark was a loop through part of the Gisburn Forest mountain bike centre. Unfortunately because the event was aimed at the non MTB bikes it avoided the best features of the trails and looped us through to Tosside at the halfway point of the ride. The forest was also the about the highest altitude and most remote part of the circuit too, but sadly a bit of mist on the hills that we thought may burn off early in the day hung around long enough to obscure any views of the Forest of Bowland and the Ribble Valley.

Warp speed Jim.

Warp speed Jim.

The route was really pleasant then for a good few miles, gradually rolling us down to the busy little towns of Grindleton and Chatburn. Easy. Then all of a sudden not pleasant and not easy. 1000 feet of climbing in just under 5 miles around Pendle Hill was tough. It didn’t last too long though, and then we were onto the most fun, (and most moist) off road section of the day around Sabden.

Paul and myself trundled back down the road into Clitheroe about 2.30 to find out that Jim and Iain had finished the day as quick as they started, doing the whole 56 miles and 6000 feet of climbing in just under the 4 hour time that had been suggested improbable. After another brew and second piece of Flapjack, (it really was that good, I even paid for that bit!) we set off home for the inevitable bike cleaning and arguing over Strava KoM’s on Facebook. Well worth the early start.

Thank’s to Iain and Trip Advisor for the photo’s – I left my phone in the van!

Helping set course today for @WeaverValleyCC for @nwcca race tomorrow. I hope the wind dies down! 🌪 pic.twitter.com/c06JEpWqY1

Upcoming Events

Jun
26
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Jun 26 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
Jun 26 @ 18:30 – 21:00
The Guardian Cup is a season long competition based on a points system. The cup is awarded at the club dinner, and goes to the club member who has the most improved times throughout the[...]
Jun
29
Sat
2019
09:00 Alternative Training Ride
Alternative Training Ride
Jun 29 @ 09:00 – 12:00
Early Saturday ride – Steadier alternative to the training run. Starting 09:00 Saturday- Meet at Hatchmere with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Distance about 45 miles and back for 12:00. Averaging 18mph ish
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Jun 29 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
Jul
3
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Jul 3 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Championship 10
WVCC Club 10 TT – Championship 10
Jul 3 @ 18:30 – 21:00
Championship 10 This is it. You’ve been working all year to get that critical time. Go for it tonight and see if you’ve got what it takes to take Gold, Silver, Bronze, or get that[...]
Jul
6
Sat
2019
14:00 WVCC Open 25 Mile Time Trial
WVCC Open 25 Mile Time Trial
Jul 6 @ 14:00 – 18:00
Volunteers will be required for this event. Please try and support your club. Contact Chris Gilbertson to volunteer for a duty on the day. Thanks. chris_gilbertson@talk21.com

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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