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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

Rose Cottage Classic - Saturday RED Ride

Details

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Mark Weston.

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

Ride description:

This Red ride will be taking us the Peak District Village of Castleton.

We leave HQ and head towards Sheffield via Meadowhall, no time for shopping as we will be in Hillsborough before you blink. We the tackle the gentle slopes into Bradfield before dropping down into Ladybower, before meandering though Thornhill and Hope, at Hope we take the back route into Castleton with magnificent views of Peveril Castle.The Café stop will be the welcoming Rose Cottage in the heart of Castleton. 

The route back is straight forward and direct, following the main road to Fox House and dropping down into Sheffield and well known roads back to base.

Total distance is  52 miles / 83 km with total elevation gain of 3,612 feet / 1,101 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/22205592.

The cafe stop is The Rose Cottage in Castleton.

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

Hopefully not as Wet N Wild as last time - Saturday AMBER Ride

Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Jamie Hardy.

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

Ride description:

Last time I did this it was a wet weekend so lets hope this time is better but if not McCallums Farm Shop is a good place for a warm up.

Nice and rolling route, we will head out through Thurcroft, Firbeck, Bawtry and Misson before arriving at Blaxton where will have a hearty breakfast or piece of cake! Returning back to HQ via Finningley, Tickhill and Micklebring before arriving back at base for a shandy or two.

Total distance is 48 mile / 77 km with total elevation gain 1,845 feet / 562 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/15406962.

The Cafe stop will be at http://www.mccallumsfarmshop.co.uk/.

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

Cusworth Hall - Saturday GREEN Ride

Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Claire Morgan

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

Ride description:

Heading up to Wickersley via Royds Moor, then onto Bramley, making our way through Old and New Edlington, up to Sprotbrough and then we arrive at our cafe stop.

Our return will see us ride through High Melton and Denaby Main, then Hooton Roberts, Thrybergh and the final ascent of the day up Brecks Lane. A quick descent down to HQ and a cheeky drink or two.

Total distance is 30 mile / 48 km and elevation of 1,951 feet / 594 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/16629431.

The Cafe stop will be at Cusworth Hall.

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

Gainsboro Gallop - Saturday RED Ride

Details

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Darren Wooton.

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

Ride description:

We will head out from HQ with the familiar climb of Royds Moor, do not despair, this will be descended on our return. Laughton-en-le-Morthen, Firbeck, Oldcotes, Blyth, Torworth, Clayworth, Gringley on the Hill and Beckingham will be traversed before we arrive in Gainsborough for our Cafe stop.

Our return sees us travel along the same route until we take a left at Clayworth, taking in Hayton and the outskirts of Retford and Barnby Moor before its back onto the route out and familiar roads all the way back to the top of Royds and the promised descent back to HQ for a shandy or two.

Total distance is 65 miles / 105 km with total elevation gain of 2,445 feet / 745 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/21488129.

The Cafe stop will be at Reeds in Gainsborough.

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

Lets go check out our Ancestors - 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:

Why not join our newest Ride Captain, Phil Daly, on his maiden lead, its sure to be a cracking ride!!

After ascending Guilthwaite, traversing Morthen and slipping seemlessly through Thurcroft we climb up to Laughton church. Serenely we leave Dinnington and Anston in our wake as we head South through the picturesque village of Thorpe Salvin.

We move East briefly popping into Worksop before tackling Sparken Hill, one of the few climbs on this route. This leads us effortlessly towards Clumber which we speed through, passing hundreds of lime trees before crossing the B6034 and reaching Carburton. For a change we don't stop here at the Old School Tearoom but move onwards Westerly alongside various lakes towards Norton and Cuckney. Eventually after passing through Holbeck we hit the A60 ignoring The Dukeries and swiftly take a left uphill to arrive at our cafe stop, Creswell Crags Cafe.

The Crags is a limestone gorge housing a multitude of caves which were inhabited up to 60,000 years ago and artwork and writings on the cave walls have given historians a clear insight into the lives people lived in the palaeolithic and mesolithic ages and even as far back as when neanderthals inhabited the area. More importantly and tragically for our purposes I should point out that the cafe does not serve bacon butties.

After our brief refresh we continue our route through Whitwell before tackling the busy A619. Riders should take extra care on this road as we need to cross the traffic to turn right onto Bondhay Lane. After veering left towards Harthill and then onwards back to HQ through Kiveton and Todwick we need to be alert at the A57 Todwick roundabout in case drivers aren't paying attention before heading back to HQ along familiar roads which includes the final flying whizz down Royds.

Total distance is 43 mile / 70 km with total elevation gain 2,250 feet / 680 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/22162259.

The Cafe stop will be at Creswell Crags.

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

Im so Happy coz youre so Happy - Saturday RED Ride

Details

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

James Fox.

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

Ride description:

Taking its title from the cheeky Scottish popsters Travis’ 1997 number 38 hit single Happy, this ride is a mostly flat jaunt out to the Happy Café at Sandtoft Airfield. Now the clocks have gone back and winter is very firmly with us, it’s time to rack up those steady base miles in readiness for what ever cycling goals you have for 2020.

The route out of Whiston is formulaic, we hit Tickhill and Bawtry on the way out before thrusting through Mission and pound the flatlands until we reach the refreshment point pretty much bang on half way. Retracing our steps momentarily we head back via Wrooooooooooot, Finningley and back to Bawtry before diverging  off toward Bircotes before the sick twist to the ride – the soul sapping drag back up to Laughton via Eastfield Lane.

Perfect for those of a less goaty persuasion…

Total distance is 61 miles / 98 km with total elevation gain of 1,750 feet / 536 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/16290861.

The cafe stop will be at Happy Café at Sandtoft Airfield.

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

Gray Rooms - Saturday GREEN Ride

Details:

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Sarah Morton.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 9.00. 

Ride description:

Yes we start with the short Guilthwaite climb but that's the only climb on this route. A lovely flat route heading out via the Straight Mile to Anston so we can ride over the flat pleasant lanes of Woodsetts, Gildingwells, Letwell and on to Oldcoates.

Here we meander via Styrup and Harworth onto Bawtry where we'll stop for cake and coffee at Gray Rooms in Bawtry approximately 20 miles into the route.

After the Cafe stop we'll head to Tickhill, along Apy Hill Lane to Micklebring, then usual route to Ravenfield, Bramley and then back to base HQ down Bawtry road. 

Total distance is 35 miles / 56 km with total elevation gain 1,643 feet / 500 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/22201499.

The cafe stop is the Gray Rooms in Bawtry.

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

Another Retford Ride - Saturday RED Ride

Details

Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Ben Daly

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

Ride description:

From the meet point we head straight up Guilthwaite Hill and on to Ulley climbing Reservoir Road. Next we ride on through Dinnington, Anston, Thorpe Salvin and onto Rhodesia. Here we do a Jonny Haynes skirting around Worksop before climbing Sparken Hill and onto Clumber Park. Crossing the bridge over the lake we exit the far side winding our way along the back round through Bothamsall to Gamston. Climbing the 2017 Tour of Britain Stage 4 King of the Mountains Climb into Upton we turn back on ourselves heading into Retford via Grove.

Once in Retford we will stop at a one of the many Café's, depending on what we want.. Once refueled we strike back home the most direct route via Blyth, Oldcoates and Firbeck, before descending down Royds Moor back to HQ.

Total distance is 60 miles / 96 km with total elevation gain 2,848 feet / 870 metres

The route can be downloaded here: https://www.strava.com/routes/16602122.

The Cafe stop will be decided on the day.

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