EVERY SUNDAY there is a choice of at least two rides, short and long.
Both rides feature frequent tea and a chat stops at country cafes. The short ride is typically up to 40 miles in winter and up to 60 miles in summer. The average cycle computer speed (when the wheels are rolling) is about 9 mph. The long ride is typically up to 70 miles in winter, and 100 miles in summer at an average speed of around 12 mph. In winter the short ride aims to return before it goes dark (however lights should still be carried). Additional Medium rides are put on from time to time.
EVERY SATURDAY half day rides set off from Gisburn Road School, Barnoldswick at 9:00am, with pace and distance being adjusted to suit any new riders.
EVERY TUESDAY EVENING we organise a short social ride of approximately 15-20 miles along quiet lanes, with the pace and distance being adjusted to suit any new riders. The rides start at 6:30pm opposite The White Bear Pub, Gisburn Road, Barrowford. We cycle for about one and a half hours and finish at The Cross Gaits Pub, Blacko for a well earned drink and a chat. All are welcome. These rides are a good opportunity for new riders to come along and try riding with us. Alternativley why not come along to the social afterwards for a chat from about 8:00pm.
During the Spring and Summer months we also lead a number of Saturday Extra Short rides, ranging from 15 to 25 miles, Which are specifically designed to encourage those new to club riding. A number of these rides are run in conjunction with the Pendle Cycle Festival, and are especially suitable for beginners and for younger riders (as long as they are accompanied by an adult). The places where the rides begin vary according to the proposed destination.
We also run guided MOUNTAIN BIKE rides, on a Saturday, approximately once a month. Details shown on our Rides List.
The meeting places are:
- LANGROYD (Colne). Outside gates of Langroyd Hall. (OS Explorer OL21 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 891410)
- HIGHERFORD. Bus turning circle. (OS Explorer OL21 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 864 402)
- LANESHAWBRIDGE. Bus stop opposite Emmott Arms. (OS Explorer OL21 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 923 407)
- READ. Junction of George Lane & A671. (OS Explorer 287 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 765 345)
- SPRINGWOOD. Picknic area carpark, next to Whalley golf club. (OS Explorer 287 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 741 360)
- BARNOLDSWICK. Co-op car park. (OS Explorer OL21 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 877 468)
- HAGGATE. Cross roads. (OS Explorer OL21 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 872 352)
- HOLME CHAPEL. Bus stop near Ram Inn. (OS Explorer OL21 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 875 286)
- BARROWFORD. (Tuesday evening runs) Opposite the White Bear Pub, Gisburn Road. (OS Explorer OL21 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 858 394)
- BARROWFORD HERITAGE CENTRE. Meet in the carpark on the opposite side of the road. (OS Explorer OL21 1:25000 scale Grid Ref 853 398)
Some of our destinations might seem a bit obscure(!) but the lunch stop gives you a general idea of where the ride is going. Some of the rides might include a short section of "track" (off road), which are generally walked unless easily cycleable. Some rides are car assisted to enable us to visit new areas.
To find out more about our ride destinations, see our 'Rides List' on this website, which can be downloaded and printed off. The information is also published each week in the 'Over the Hills' and 'Hill and Dale' sections of the local weekly papers, giving details of that weekends' rides.
For all rides , a basic tool kit and spare inner tubes should be carried. During the winter months lights should also be carried (unless it is absolutely certain that we will be cycling back in daylight).
CHALLENGE RIDES, SPORTIVES & AUDAX EVENTS.
Anyone interested in these type of rides, should visit the National CTC site www.ctc.org.uk and follow the links to Activities & Events, CTC Competitions, and then CTC Tourist Competition. Here there are listings of events being put on by local CTC member groups throughout the country.
TIME TRIALS / RACING.
Anyone interested in Time Trials or Racing should speak to our friends at Nelson Wheelers, who often join us on our Sunday rides or visit their web site www.nelsonwheelerscc.org.uk. The Nelson Wheelers Cycling Club are affiliated to the CTC.