East Yorks, Ripponden and TLI.

Posted on 16th Jan 2019

My wife's desire to visit family in Yorkshire provided me with the opportunity to try a few new races and ride some new roads. August 2018 saw me travel up to Harrogate, find and negotiate an army camp, drive to Hull, check into a hotel, grab something to eat and then drive back onto the wolds for the finale of the East Yorkshire Race League. Finding the HQ wasn't easy as it was a table in a layby but that certainly didn't put people off and there was a very big field; in fact I was number 92. Despite a long days travelling the rolling course suited me and I pushed on and strung out the group. I should have rode off the front on the final climb but didn't know exactly how far there was to go, look an idiot and trash my legs. All excuses but all true. In the end I waited; others didn't and despite a decent effort I couldn't catch quick enough and only managed 2nd. Still a great result, a nice bunch and good food afterwards. Strava The next day we stayed in Ripponden, Calderdale where locals were proud that the Tour had passed through. The area has lot of rolling hills and provides great cycling country which I couldn't resist for a couple of days. Then Sunday it was the TLI National RR so an early start and I was on my way to Jodrell Bank. I had a plan and this year I wasn't going to chase everything but mark the main contenders. I felt OK and the early pace was fine. A few breaks tried and failed until half way through, one got away and my guys didn't follow. In fact no one did until it looked likely the break might succeed so another guy and I tried to bridge. But we were sat in no mans land and I felt sure the 50 strong peloton would catch us and then catch the break. We fell back but still nothing. Another frustrating race and missed opportunity. I won the conciliation sprint but it wasn't the podium I wanted. Next year it is! I then went to ride the longest hill I could find as penance.