Ride Report - RSPB Old Moor
Ten of us brought our climbing legs on a dry and sunny day out to Old Moor RSPB.
This was shorter than the average club ride at only around 50km but still packed in just short of a 1000 metres of climbing.
The idea being to give opportunity to all members of doing a really hilly ride without the worry of also lasting a big distance too.
At only a little over 5km from leaving HQ we reached our first and most testing ascent of the day, Cote De Jenkin Road, used in the Tour De France 2014. After a very fast descent we was then met by our second demanding ascent of the ride, West Hill. Not as famous Jenkins but similar in length and also with an average gradient of over 11%.
With the two major hills out the way we then headed up over to Wentworth, Brampton and on to the cafe stop, still very up and down but nothing as severe as what we had encountered at the start of the ride.
After the cafe we made our way back up through Wath, Kilnhurst and Ravenfield before descending back down to HQ.
We had used the cafe at Old Moor RSPB a few times before on other routes so knew what to expect. And that was the same excellent service and food and drink. We all sat outside in the sun.
Apart from the inevitable stringing out on the climbs we rode together as a bunch pretty well. The stronger members giving support and encouragement to those that needed it up the ascents, the Sitwell Way. Big kudos to several members in particular, for coming out on sharp hilly route. Exactly what was wanted to be encouraged.