National Classic Lightweight Rally 6th – 8th May 2011

posted on 12 May, 2011 by michaelstout

Reveiw from Lightweight rally

National Classic Lightweight Rally


6th 8th May 2011


We arrived at Oakhill College, Whalley, following the signs onto a well prepared camping site ( the ramp up to the field proved a little tricky for some, where we set up for the weekend. Friday evening was spent meeting old and new friends discussing the arrangements for the rides.

Saturday morning proved to be a little damp but not enough to prevent plenty of buying at the cycle jumble stalls where those illusive components were purchased.

At 1-00pm we all congregated outside the college main building for a photo call, then splitting into two groups for the afternoon choice of ride, I decided to go for the longer of the two rides. Heading out to Ribchester for a café break returning by a different rout through Billington then Whalley Abbey and the College.

All gathering in the College Millennium Hall for a communal Fish and Chip supper, finishing off with a choice of cakes. This was followed by a showing of the DVD of the play A Day Out. The group gradually broke up heading of to bed.

Sunday morning broke dry, again we gathered at the main building setting of this time on one ride of about 30 miles, weather this time was fine but a little breeze. The route took us along the west side of Pendale Hill and onto Downham through the lanes and onto the Clarion Hut for the traditional Pint Mug of Tea, and a well earned rest. From there up the hill through Newchurch in Pendle past Sabden Hall, Padiham Heights coming back to Whalley past the Golf Course.

Final refreshments in the Millenium Hall afterwards the members slowly packed up saying our good byes after making sure all the vehicles were safely of the field we finally departed after a really enjoyable weekend.

Thanks to all the organisers We look forward to the next event.

M Stout

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A DAY OUT 29th April 2011

posted on 12 May, 2011 by michaelstout

Receration of the ride from Alan Bennets play


29th April 2011


This ride was to try to re-enact the play written by Alan Bennett first transmitted by the BBC in 1970s.


A group of four riders mounted on an assortment early 20 century roadsters left Halifax cenotaph at 7-00am supported by one motor vehicle plus one spare cycle. The first leg went straight into several long slow steady climbs, skirting Bradford and onto Pudsey, where we were joined by a fifth member for a well earned and much appreciated cup of tea and freshly baked scones. Now with five riders we progressed onto much quieter scenic lanes heading up onto Ilkley Moore and the Cow and Calf for a group photograph.

Down the Cow and Calf for a severe brake test session, we all made it “just”. Riding through Ilkley then along country single track lanes to Bolton Abbey with a pit stop for chain repairs then to another photo shoot at the Abbey, then onto the café for a well deserved lunch. Then a spot of cycle maintenance “brake adjustment”.

We now retraced our route via the single track lane through Ilkley to the bottom of Cow and Calf where all five riders tried their best to ride up but all conceded to their lowest gear “24inch” two feet. Refreshments were had at the café half way up.

Now retracing the ride to Pudsey for more tea and scones dropping of the fifth member in the process, again suitable refreshed we returned to Halifax arriving back approximately 12 hours after the start to load up after a strenuous but rewarding “Day Out” , not bad about 72 miles on machines that are more than 80 years old.

M Stout

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