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Yorkshire Lads set off for a Wednesday night ride from All Terrain Cycles Wetherby Bikestore

 

A new cycle club, Yorkshire Lads, suitable for all levels of cyclist, has grown to almost 200 members in just six months!

 

The club, sponsored by All Terrain Cycles and founded by Carl Horsfall, the husband of Kate Horsfall one of the women who launched the popular ladies-only club Yorkshire Lass, two years ago, has set up the men’s counterpart with a similar ethos.

The founders of Yorkshire Lad; Carl Horsfall , Tony Booth and Ian Worrel

“I’ve cycled for over 30 years, but I’m not competitive, I just want to enjoy a ride and have a laugh with like-minded people,” explains Carl, a police officer who lives in Wetherby. “Having been a customer of All Terrain Cycles since it opened, when they approached me to set up a club in a similar vein to Yorkshire Lass, I was happy to help.  It is very much an inclusive club which welcomes everyone and has rides suitable for all riders, whatever their level and whether they’re road cyclists or mountain bikers.”

 

The club offers regular rides every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning from All Terrain’s cycle superstores in Wetherby and Saltaire, as well as casual rides organised by members throughout the week. It is a social group, not subscription only membership, and, therefore, all cyclists are welcome.

 

Carl continues: “As I work shifts, I’m often out on my bike during the week and see lots of other cyclists out on their own. The club is a great way of bringing people together so they can enjoy some company on their ride.

 

“Primarily the club is about social cycling with a choice of leisurely Sunday morning rides suitable for beginners, less fit or older people, both on mountain and road bikes. There’s also the option of more serious pelaton-style cycling on a Wednesday evening when some of the All Terrain race team come along too.

 

“I’ve found that a lot of clubs tend to take cycling quite seriously which can be off-putting for the social cyclist. Yorkshire Lad CC has no minimum standards – just come out with us, ride your bike and have some fun!”

 

While Carl, assisted by Ian Worrall, husband of Yorkshire Lass co-founder Judith Worrall of Thirsk, organises rides from All Terrain Cycles’ Wetherby store, some of the All Terrain team at its Saltaire store organise rides from there.

 

Yorkshire Lads Cycling Jersey – exclusive to All Terrain Cycles £39.99

The region’s new club is being supported by the region’s oldest cycling business, All Terrain Cycles, which is committed to promoting cycling in Yorkshire. The company has funded Yorkshire Lads CC’s affiliation to the British Cycling association and has also had exclusive club kit manufactured complementing the Yorkshire Lass CC jerseys.

 

“While there are lots of cycling clubs in the region, many are fairly hard core and can put off the less fit or casual cyclist and we really want to make the sport accessible to everyone,” comments Tony Booth, managing director of All Terrain Cycles. “Yorkshire Lass has proved hugely popular with hundreds of ladies taking part in its weekly rides over the last two years, and we expect its male counterpart to also appeal to lots of guys who just want to get out on their bike with other enthusiasts and enjoy a ride.”

 

Dating back to 1907, All Terrain Cycles is the oldest cycling business in Yorkshire. Having supported the sport of cycling since 1997 with its own race team, All Terrain Cycles is committed to playing an active part in the region’s cycling fraternity, sponsoring a number of cycling and charity events in the region every year.

   2017 was my first crack at the Fred Whitton, I knew the route but had never done the actual event. I was due to ride it with two lads from the local club and luckily we were being supported by a car which met us twice during the event.

The gruelling Fred Whiton 2017

 

    The day started reasonably chilly with a steady wind blowing from the north, not ideal but the forecast was good for later so we started with arm warmers and a gillet. Sign on was very quick as was the start, no queue to speak of, before we knew it we were climbing towards Troutbeck and onto Honister. The top was gloomy, damp and windy but there were loads of supporters so spirits were raised. The weather started to pick up near Keswick and by the time we were onto Whinlatter it was really starting to warm up, again the crowds were amazing on the passes with cowbells being rung and all sorts of fancy dress wearing supporters. I struggled over Cold Fell but some food picked me up and soon it was on to Hardknott and Wrynose. The organizers had done a great job of closing the roads from the bottom of the pass so we were free to use the whole road….I managed to clean both climbs (most don’t) and enjoyed the traffic free descent. We finished in 7hrs 47 minutes, considering I’d not done half the hill work prep I should have done I was happy enough with that. A nice touch was crossing the line to be given a glass Fred Whitton tankard and a cold can of (alcohol free) lager too. Big shout to my daughter Emily and to Anita Allen for supporting us, the feed stations were pretty busy so it was nice to be able to have our own crew.

A welcome pint in a well deserved Fred Whitton 2017 tankard

   The Etape du Dales wasn’t quite as entertaining……I’ve done the route a few times so I know it well, coming in a week after the Fred I’d always the double but thought I should give it a go. A fresh start saw the day improving but the wind never relented,  I was on my own and tagged onto as many groups as I could. At the top of the Buttertubs Andy Cunningham from Team ATC caught me up and I tagged onto his wheel down Swaledale but I couldn’t stick with him on the climbs, the run up Arkengarthdale to the Tan Hill was sunny but a strong cross/head wind sapped my ebbing strength. I kept up a reasonable pace (for me) till the Mallerstang where I really started to struggle, the Coal Road finished me off and by the time I was heading down Ribblesdale I was completely spent, I’d not stopped, I’d carried my own food but I was out of fluids and feeling empty. The feed at Stainforth was a very welcome site, not least as it was staffed by my local club The Settle Wheelers so I received a fantastic welcome. A brew, cake and a banana saw me up to Dale Head, but I’d left it too late and my stomach wasn’t having it…..Just past Halton Ghyll I pulled over and was sick, I had to sit down and take 15 minutes to recover and then limped it to the finish. Lesson learned! 

   I think next year I’m going to concentrate on the Fred with some steep hill specific training and see how I feel for the Etape (and see what the weather is doing!)

 

 

 

With over 380 female cyclists already signed up for Yorkshire Lass Cycling Club’s second annual sportive on Sunday 20th August, the club is urging any other women who want to take part to sign up before the  closing date of the 1st August.

 

The sportive, which is once again being sponsored by All Terrain Cycles, follows the success of last year’s inaugural ladies-only event which saw 300 cyclists taking part and succeeded in raising over £14,500 for women’s cancer charities. The sportive will follow the same format as 2016, starting from Carlton Lodge Activity centre in Thirsk and offering a range of three rides to suit different abilities.

 

The event is again being held in aid of Women v Cancer which comprises Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Action, and will also raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Carlton Lodge Activity Centre Bursary Fund which hosts the event. It is being organised through British Cycling and offers three levels of difficulty with a 30 mile ‘Cuppa tea an a piece a cake’ ride; a 60 mile ‘Reet Gud Ride’; and a 103 mile ‘By Eck Tha War Ard Ride’ route – all riders will be again be rewarded for their efforts with a medal, a piece of cake and that all-important cup of Yorkshire tea!

 

The Wetherby-based cycling club was launched in March 2015 by Kate Horsfall of Wetherby and Judith Worrall of Thirsk with support from All Terrain Cycles, which has superstores in Wetherby and Saltaire. It is one of the few ladies only clubs in the region and has proved hugely popular over the last two years, growing to more than100 members.  All Terrain will again be helping out with equipment and mobile mechanical support as well as supplying energy gels to help power the ladies up the hills.

 

“Last year’s event surpassed our expectations with a fantastic turnout of female cyclists in Yorkshire as well as many travelling from all over the country, plus a staggering amount raised for charities which are close to our heart,” explains Kate and Jude . “Our fun and friendly members will once again be making the day special with lots of help and encouragement for those taking part as well as providing plenty of refreshments along the routes plus that well-earned cake after the finish line.”

 

Jude adds: “We really appreciate the continued support of all our sponsors including All Terrain Cycles who supplies our popular club kit and sponsorship as well as welcoming us as we set out on our Sunday morning rides from their Wetherby store. We’re looking forward to another successful event and hope that the sun shines on us again this year and that we raise lots of funds for these fantastic charities.”

 

Tony Booth, managing director of All Terrain Cycles, says: “As one of the first women’s only cycling clubs, YLCC has done an amazing job of encouraging more women to take up the sport and has established a loyal following. We wish them every success with this year’s event.”

The lunch stop will be at the famous Mousey Thompson shop and café for the participants doing the 60 mile and 100 mile routes. The ride will be well signposted with marshalls at points along the route, mechanical assistance will be provided by All Terrain Cycles and there will be well stocked feed stations.

The event is being supported by a number of local businesses including Carlton Lodge, where Judith works. David Sharpe, chief executive of the activity centre agreed to stage the sportive which has also attracted sponsors including Yorkshire Tea, Office Solutions, Paynes Dairies, Masham Sausages and Chia Bars which are donating cakes, tea, sausages, energy bars, milk and office supplies.

Yorkshire Lass Cycling Club meets at 10am most Sunday’s at All Terrain Cycles on Audby Lane, Wetherby. Anyone interested in joining the club, taking part in the sportive or who would like to be a sponsor should visit: www.yorkshirelasscc.co.uk or to enter the charity sportive, visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/153027/Yorkshire-Lass-CC-Charity-Sportive For any questions about the sportive or accommodation for the sportive, please contact sportive@yorkshirelasscc.co.uk

Having invested in a new bike, you’ll want to make sure it stays in tip top condition, that’s why it’s essential to properly maintain and clean it regularly. Getting into the habit of maintaining your bike can also help you avoid costly and frustrating repairs in the future.

A toolkit of essentials will help with maintenance. A pump, puncture repair kit, allen keys, wrench, bike lube, gear brush, sponge, bike cleaner, degreaser and a bucket should cover everything you’ll need. And if you want to make cleaning your bike even quicker, a bike stand can supercharge your routine.

Maintenance should only take around half an hour and, if done every month, will prolong the life of your bike as well as helping it to run more smoothly:

  • Clean your bike thoroughly – wipe the bike down with water and a sponge, and avoid using a pressure washer as this is too much force for the bearings. Spray the bike with a bike cleaning product, leave for a few minutes before scrubbing with a soft bristled brush and rinsing with water. Once all parts of the bike have been cleaned, ensure that you thoroughly dry your bike. Water will rust your bike and cause it to seize up, you should also do this after cycling in the rain.
  • Check tyre pressures – make sure this also done prior to every ride, riding on under-inflated tyres will damage them, if you can push down with your thumb, they need pumping up.
  • Lubricate your chain and gears, basically anything that moves will need lubricating.
  • Replace any worn gear cables to prevent further damage.
  • Test your brakes frequently as pad wear causes a gradual decline in braking performance; when the brake levers are pulled halfway down, the brakes should be fully engaged. Regular cleaning and replacing pads will help to reduce brake track wear.
  • Check that your saddle is correctly aligned and at the right height.
  • Make sure pedals and arms are secure.
  • Lift the bike and twist the handlebars to check they turn smoothly and are not loose.
  • Check bearings and service or replace if needed.
  • Look out for any major dents or cracks in the frame and, if found, take to your local bike retailer.
  • Check for any wear or cracks on tyres and replace if necessary.

Replacing tyres

Replacing tyres yourself can save you time and money, so if you own a bike it’s worth learning how.

Removing the wheel is the often the most difficult part. For the front wheel, just release the v-brake caliper or the cable (on cantilever) brakes; with disc brakes, the wheel will slide out when the axle is released.  Do the same with the rear wheel, but, for bike with gears, the wheel will come out much more easily if the chain is at its slackest (on the smallest cogs both back and front), this means the chain will not stop the wheel dropping out.

Then use plastic tyre levers to remove the tyre – don’t be tempted to use anything metal, as it could damage your rims. Run your fingers around the inside of the tyre to check for sharp objects and remove any you find.  You can find the hole in the tube either by feeling for escaping air or by pumping it up, holding it underwater and looking for bubbles.  Then scuff around the hole with sandpaper or the scratcher from the puncture repair kit before spreading the glue thinly and evenly around the hole and placing a patch over it once it feels tacky.  If the inner tube is badly damaged, you may need to replace it.

 

Now lightly pump up the tube. Place one edge of the tyre around the wheel rim and push the tube’s valve into the rim’s hole. Starting from the valve, push the rest of the tube into the tyre making sure that the valve stem is perpendicular to the rim and that the tube isn’t twisted. Once the tube is inside the tyre, begin to place the second edge of the tyre onto the rim using the tyre levers to coax it onto the rim. Then pump more air into the tube and check that is isn’t caught between the rim and the tyre.  Slide the wheel back into place on the bike and tighten the bolts gradually, ensuring that the wheel remains aligned straight to the frame.  Reconnect the brakes and then fully pump up the tyre before checking that the brakes are still set up correctly. There are also lots of helpful videos available online.

 

You can also treat your bike to an annual service by the professionals at most bike retailers, a service by a professional will pick up on anything you may have missed and ensure your bike is in race perfect condition!

 

 

If your bike needs a service or you need to purchase any essentials for your toolkit, All Terrain Cycles have everything you could need to help you maintain your bike.

After a great early season 10 day training camp in Spain with Arrivee Travel, I finally got around to starting my 2017 road season last weekend at the FTR Spring Classic Road Race. All Terrain Cycles Race Team had five members racing, myself, Matthew Bulmer, Chris Emsley, John Cathy Chambers, and Julian Roche on the rolling Saxton circuit. The weather forecast was making for grim reading, and sadly for once they didnt get it wrong with the heavens opening and the temperature dropping to around 5c as we lined up for the start. A perfect opportunity for me to put the new team Endura Classics jersey to the test then!! As part of a big team effort to support the race, it was great to also see a whole array of All Terrain team members and Yorkshire Lads CC helping out the FTR lads and lasses with the vital roles needed to make these races happen, so from those of us who raced a big thank you to you all!

 

With the wind also picking up, I figured ahead of the race that it would be a difficult conditions in which to force a breakaway, and so I let the team know my thoughts and that we should try and cover any breakaways but save our legs for the last few laps. Now its normally Matthew Bulmer that comes out with statements like this pre race, and its not unusual to then see him jumping away from the front of the bunch in the opening miles!! But for once, other than a few little leg stretches we all sat tight for the opening lap. As the bunch turned back into the cross winds at Towton on the second lap, the KTM team tried to force a move with two of their riders forcing the pace and trying to create an echelon, and I made sure I was positioned near the front of the peloton. However it was too early in the race to force the move with too many fresh legs, and as they neared the top of the main drag they started fading badly. I rolled through to the front of the bunch as they swang off and just kept the momentum going for a few moments before looking over my shoulder and seeing I had a gap. I didnt want to force a break this early, so I just kept tapping along thinking I would be pulled back, and after a minute or two I realised I had a couple of hundred metres over the bunch, and one other rider, Danny Posnett of Squadra RT had jumped across to me. So we started riding together and slowly ebbed out a 30 – 40 second advantage over the peloton, with Matt Chris John and Julian policing any moves behind. We were riding well together, my legs felt good, and Danny and I quickly came to an agreement to share any primes that we managed to bag along the way so we wouldn’t be distracted from the task in hand!

 

I didnt expect to stay away, but for three laps of the seven lap race we stayed out front, until the race was Black flagged (effectively paused!) by the Commisaires, apparently owing to riders in the peloton crossing the solid white lines too often. We were stopped, and then the whole bunch rolled up behind us, giving everyone a breather. The race was then restarted after the bunch was given a stern talking to by the officials, and myself and Danny were given our thirty second advantage back. But as so often happens in theses situations, the pause in the racing had given the bunch a chance to reorganise itself and take a breather, while we had lost all of our momentum and rhythm.

 

One lap later and with renewed enthusiasm the bunch reeled us back in, and for me it was a case of sit back, try and recover in the remaining two laps before going again at the finish. Shortly after we were reeled in, Matthew Bulmer who was riding very strongly jumped away with two other riders in a short lived break, but again they were reeled in, and last time up the main climb the race was all together before Gavin Macintosh of Prologue RT jumped away on his own. In the very wet and windy conditions nerves were getting frayed. At the top of the climb, a crash on a greasy corner took Matt out of the race, and as we all fought to get back into contention there was another pile up in the last kilometres leaving all the remaining All Terrain riders out of contention. Disappointing not to get a result, and lesson learnt that I need to listen to my own advice! However i think its fair to say All Terrain team riders were the main animators in the days racing, and the form is there…. the results will come!

Following on from last Sundays FTR RR, myself Chris Sherriffs and Alex Barusevicus travelled over to Colne to race the first of this seasons CDPP circuit series at the Steven Burke cycling hub, which runs every Thursday evening over the next 14 weeks. The race was over 20 laps of the circuit, and had a strong field including riders from Team KTM and Team Brother NRG Pro Racing. The race started slowly, but after a couple of laps, Chris took off from the front of the bunch with Alex and one other rider close behind, while I marshalled the attacks in the peloton. However after some hard riding from the other teams they were all reeled back in.

With 12 laps to go I attacked with Martin Woffindin (Secret Training RT), and we got a small advantage, before we were reeled in, and then for the next few laps, Chris, Alex and myself took it in turns to jump away and cover the moves. But in the cold windy conditions nothing was sticking, and rather than a break being forced the bunch was being whittled down in a process of attrition, leaving only 9 riders at the head of the race.

An attack from Adam Robinson (team KTM) with 2 laps to go drew a response from Wilson who dragged him back to the group, and as we hit the line for the bell on the last lap I swung across to the right hand gutter and looked around, which was exactly what everyone else was doing in the left hand gutter! For a few seconds I slowly pressed on the pedals before stamping down hard and giving it everything to try and get away. I glanced back and saw I had a gap so kept going, head down giving it everything I had. By the last corner I had a 50 metre advantage, which I held all the way to the line taking the win with Chris coming home in 4th and Alex in 5th. A great team performance and the first win of the season for Team All Terrain, hopefully the first of many!!