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Club Rides - Saturday Saunter

These rides are great as an introduction to club riding due to there short nature and relaxed pace.

Saturday Saunter rides depart from the corner of Turner Lane and High Street, Whiston at 9:00am prompt.

Saturday club rides are much shorter than a Sunday ride, we will be on the road for around 2 and a half hours riding at ~13mph.

Including the café stop we're usually back in the village for around 12:30pm.

Please take time to read our Risk Assessment on Road Riding.

Upcoming rides

Flat Gran Fondo - Saturday RED Ride

Details

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Mark Weston.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 8am.

Ride description:

Right folks, if you want to get your hands on this month's Gran Fondo Strava challenge then this is the ride for you, it couldn't be easier being just over the magic 100 km and only 689 meters of elevation gain, what's not to like. 

The route passes through the following towns and villages Laughton -en-le Morthen, Oldcotes, Blyth, Barnby Moor, Retford, Gringley on the Hill, West Stockwith, East Ferry, Misson, Bawtry, Firbeck, Thurcroft before returning to Whiston.

Total distance is 65 miles / 105 km with total elevation gain of 2,260 feet / 689 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/19439360.

The cafe stop is The Pantry 8020 Misterton.

The pace on this ride will be approx 15+ mph.

A rare visit to Conservative Maltby - Saturday GREEN Ride


Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Phil Daly.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 9am.

Ride description:

A short tour of the Tory heartlands of Thurcroft, Dinnington and Maltby this green ride starts with the usual leg tester otherwise known as Royds Moor Hill and from there we skirt through Thurcroft and into Laughton Common before cycling up the slightly infamous Doe Quarry Lane in Dinnington. This leads out into the countryside past the rugby ground and onto Gildingwells. From here we have a pleasant saunter across rural landscape taking in Letwell, Oldcotes and Firbeck before testing our strength in the familiar drag up Eastfield Lane to our café stop after 18 miles at Leger Lakes, Sitwell’s coffee house winner of 2019 where even the toughest of Sitwell members struggle to consume a whole bacon sandwich on their own !

After refuelling we immediately head down to Brookhouse and whilst readers will assume what’s coming next and which hill is synonomous with that village I can tell you that oh no this is a Bib-free zone and instead we head out of Brookhouse and up into Slade Hooton from where we join the A634 close to Roche Abbey, a derelict Cistercian monastery which dates back to 1147. The return west takes us into the heart of Maltby where our many Maltbian members can regale us with tales of the wonders of the place and why it is so unfairly ignored when SCC routes are plotted.

So what can I tell you about Maltby ? Well, apart from the fact that it was where I started my schooling and also my first job the name Maltby is derived from an old Danish word for Homestead or village. With 17,000 residents it’s a big village and is the capital of the Rother Valley Constituency which amazed many people by returning a non-Labour MP in the recent General Election for the first time in over 100 years. Maltby is probably best known as a former mining village with Maltby Main Colliery having been originally founded in 1910 and at its peak employing thousands of workers necessitating the building of the Model VIllage to house all the miners’ families. Sadly the colliery closed in 2013 and the village has had to reinvent itself since then.

With smiles on our faces we speed away from the Queens Hotel crossroads in the direction of Braithwell and Micklebring before returning back to HQ along one of our now traditional ways via Bramley, Wickersley and down the A631 to Worrygoose island enjoying for a change a sharp but all too brief descent down Cow Rakes and back to base camp on Turner Lane.

Total distance is 31 mile / 50 km and elevation of 1,746 feet / 532 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: http://www.strava.com/routes/23718345.

The Cafe stop will be at Leger Lakes.

The pace on this ride will be approx 12-14 mph.

Ride to Retford - New Way Out - Saturday AMBER Ride

Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Chris Guirdham.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 8:30 am.

Ride description:

We visit Retford on a regular basis so we thought we would try a different way for a change.

We head up Guilthwaite from base and take a left at the top towards Morthen. heading towards Consort roundabout we take a left down Kingsforth towards Carr, Slade Hooton, Stone and Styrrup, Mattersey and Clarborough before arriving in retford we will take our cafe stop.

Food finished we make our way back through Ranby, Scofton, Bltyh, Oldcotes and Laughton before the descent down Royds Moor to Club Sponsor The Sitwell Arms and the Shiver Shack for refreshments.

The total distance is 53 miles / 84 km, with a total elevation gain of 2,392 feet / 729 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/23286660.

The Cafe stop will be at the Dominie Cross in Retford.

The pace on this ride will be approx 13-15mph.

Three Slopes in the Peak District - Saturday RED Ride

Details

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Mark Weston.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 8am.

Ride description:

This ride will take us up three long climbs in the Peak District.

Anyone who is going to the club trips to the Alps or Majorca this is the perfect ride to get some training in. Although these climbs aren't as long as the ones aboard they are the closest to home to start training on.

We head out into Sheffield and tackle the first climb of the day Ringinglow, we descend into Hathersage and make our way along the valley to start the next climb Froggatt, once safely at the top we descend Curbar back into Calver for the cafe stop at lnsomnia Coffee shop to refuel for the last climb of the day Grindleford, passing Padley Gorge on the left we will soon be at Fox House. All down hill from here, back into Sheffield and returning to base.

If you're not on one of the club trips don't worry, still join us and tackle these three slopes.

Total distance is 55 miles / 88 km with total elevation gain of 4,593 feet / 1,400 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/23936307.

The cafe stop is at Insomnia in Calver.

The pace on this ride will be approx 15+ mph.

A citric excursion to Nether Langwith - Saturday AMBER Ride

Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Phil Daly.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 8:30 am.

Ride description:

An amber ride to suit all which comes with a good mix of urban and rural landscapes, rolling hills and semi-steep inclines. We are heading due south but so as to avoid the slightly unpleasant Pleasley Road we take the cycle track up to Morthern Hall Road and then head left on familiar roads which leads to Brampton where we don’t join the straight mile but instead make for Ulley and Aston. Our route takes us to Swallownest and across the A57 before branching off for Beighton, home of our beloved kit officer. We skirt round the western edge of Rother Valley into Killamarsh and then climb up to Spinkhill, Stanfree and Oxcroft, passing Mount St Marys College, before arriving at Bolsover from where we enjoy lovely rolling downhill slopes all the way to our café stop, The Lemon Tree, at Nether Langwith after 25 miles.

After being suitably refreshed and hopefully without a sour taste in our mouths we head back north through Whaley and into the lovely village of Elmton enjoying quiet rural lanes all the way from there to Harthill whilst bisecting any major roads. From Harthill we cycle home using familiar roads through Kiveton, Todwick and into Brampton before the downhill gradient of Royds hurries us back to The Sitwell where we can enjoy great banter with our friends.

Total distance is 43 mile / 69 km and elevation of 2,742 feet / 836 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: http://www.strava.com/routes/23837713.

The Cafe stop is at the highly rated Lemon Tree Café.


The pace on this ride will be approx 13-15mph.

To Torworth and back - Saturday GREEN Ride

Details

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Ben Daly

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 9am.

Ride description:

To Torworth… and back again 
We head out up Guilthwaite where we descent to ride the all of Morthen Lane. Next we ride out through Thurcroft, Laughton-en-le-Morthen to Firbeck before we ride up down ;) Kidd Lane. From Oldcoates we cycle onto Blyth and Barnby Moor where we turn North stopping for refreshments at Torworth Grange Farm Shop at approx. 30km (18 miles).

After refuelling we continue up to Ranskill before taking the back lanes past Serlby Golf Course to Styrrup and back onto HQ.

Total distance is 36 mile / 58 km with total elevation gain 1,680 feet / 510 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/17310393.

The café stop will be the Torworth Grange Farm Shop.

The pace on this ride will be approx 12-14mph.

Easy to Eyam - Saturday AMBER Ride

Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Ben Daly.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 8:30 am.

Ride description:

Simply put this Amber is headed to the Peaks!! Setting out from HQ we pedal down the dual carriageway towards Canklow, taking the left at the roundabout we ride onto Tinsley, past Meadowhall and through Attercliffe. Using the straightest possible route, we make it through Sheffield and onto Ecclesall Road before starting the long and gradual climb of Ringinglow.

Once you’ve passed the Norfolk Arms you’re almost there!! To begin the decent down into Hathersage, where we are hopefully granted with stunning views of Hope Valley. Taking the main road along the valley we ride onto Bradwell to be challenged by the tough climb up to Windmill.

Here we’ll regroup before decending down into Eyam to be treated to Tea and Cakes.

After the café stop, we’ll take the closed road to Grindleford and do the last real climb of the day up to the Fox House. Passing Sheffield Tigers, we end up on Ecclesall Road South from where we’ll cut through Sharrow to make our way back through Sheffield on towards HQ. 

The total distance is 50 miles/ 80 km, with a total elevation gain of 3,890 feet / 1,185 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: http://www.strava.com/routes/23321363.

The cafe is the Eyam Tea Rooms.

The pace on this ride will be approx 13-15mph.

All things Local - Saturday CLUB Ride

Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Andy Laidler.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 9am.

Ride description:

A nice medium size ride at a nice steady pace to suit all those that come. That's right, GREEN, AMBER and RED are all combined and with a nice little lie in for us all by having a 9am start from our usual meet point.

The ride is also a little different as our stop will be near the end of our loop at the 50km mark at JeJames Cycles in Rotherham, who will be putting on some free refreshments for us all to enjoy whilst also having a mooch round in store. Rest assured by my Manager there is no obligation to buy, its all about engaging in the community. We all love cycling and cake right?!  However if you do see something, whether its a gel, a bottle or even a bike there is discount there and then to be had for Sitwell members only.

Before we get there though we have a lovely ride to route us round and lots to it. We immediately roll out from HQ like the riders will do in July who enter the Clubs first British Cycling Road Race. Straight up Guilthwaite and onto the course where we do one lap of it, obviously not at race pace. After experiencing the course we then head over and by Rother Valley before sweeping back round and down over to Harthill. More quiet country lanes await as we head over to Rotherhams most famous mountain Bib Lane. Once all ascended we then roller coast our way over to Wickersley and take in the lovely descent of Hill Top/Far Dalton Lane (it has a cracking 90 degree hairpin in). From here it is just a flat 3km to Jejames.

Once we are all ready to leave the shop we then just have a short ride direct back to HQ, where the pub will have opened it doors if that's what your fancying...… A road race circuit, a famous climb, local roads, bike shop, pub...… All Things Local.

Total distance is 34 mile / 55 km and elevation of 2,132 feet / 650 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31903591.

Our stop will be at JE James in Rotherham.

The pace on this ride will be approx 12-14 mph.

Morning coffee with the Duke of Welbeck - Saturday GREEN Ride

Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Phil Daly.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 9am.

Ride description:

After scaling the heights of Guilthwaite and levelling out across Morthern and Brampton, we head south over the A57 to Todwick and Kiveton before climbing gradually up to Harthill and Clowne. We then enter picturesque countryside admiring the tranquil villages of Elmton and Holbeck. We then have a brief excursion on the busy A60 turning off at the Dukeries Garden Centre after 19 miles where we enjoy refreshment at The Harley Cafe.


After a well-earned cuppa and some sustenance we again trundle down the A60 before turning off in the direction of Creswell Crags but we ignore the cavemen on this occasion and instead head towards Whitwell and Bondhay Golf Course where we enjoy the rollercoaster Bondhay Lane. Soon enough we come to a T junction where we decide not to risk life and limb on the steep and gravelly descent which is Packman Lane but instead take the more leisurely and scenic route into Thorpe Salvin and then descend from there down Ladyfield Road to Kiveton Park Station. Up we go again, this time to South Anston and after crossing the A57 into North Anston we have another challenging ascent before we enter the village of Dinnington turning off for Laughton church where we charge downhill in our eagerness to reach Thurcroft. The rest is as you'd expect - a rapid descent down Royds so as to be the first to fall into the cosy Arms of Sitwell.

Total distance is 37 mile / 60 km and elevation of 2,095 feet / 639 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/22242783.

The cafe stop will be at the Harley Cafe.

The pace on this ride will be approx 12-14 mph.