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Shibden Spinner

Shibden Spinner

With the 65Roses Sportive a week away, I thought it'd be a good idea to get a few miles in on the road bike in preperation. After the awful weather forecast for Sunday, I had it set in my mind that there was no way I was going to do it, and so headed out for a steady four-pint evening on Saturday night, before waking quite refreshed on Sunday morning, with no sound of the roof being blown off.

The Shibden Spinner is part of the Calderdale Walk and Ride Festival, and featured several Tour De France climbs, and two options. A 40miles "short" route with three TDF climbs and a 90mile long route, that also covered the climb of Holme Moss, so four in total. Apparently. As I rode the short route.

Arriving late (as is my usual style), I headed off. Emma Osenton the organiser is a particularly unpleasant course designer, as she delights in packing as many climbs in to a circuit as possible. I've stopped riding with her, as it's just horrible going out with her as she rips my legs off, whilst talking, non stop.

First up was Shibden Wall an awful 0.9km climb on cobbles, though thankfully sheltered from the high winds that were picking up. Then out onto the wilds of the Queensbury Moors, heading through to Denholme to Oxenhope and picking up the TDF route. Oxenhope Moor to Hebden Bridge. The classic climb of Cragg Vale (my local hill). Descent to Ripponden and then my legs fell off.

A wobbly climb up Ripponden Bank and then a last gasp through Elland, Brighouse and a very wobbly Brant arrived back at Shibden Hall about three hours later.

Strava says I came third, which is fine by me, but certainly a lie.

Thanks to Emma and Ali for a great course, and the helpers that helped.

My legs hurt. Roll on next week. 


(Tech notes - Bike is a Ti Sportive prototype with slack head angle and long rake forks).

16 September 2013