30 Days of Biking in the South Pennines

Joining in the fun with #30daysofbiking

Emma’s week. Setts not Cobbles.

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With a week of many miles it’s often best to get the hardest ones out of the way first. Ronde van Calderdale is an event held over in the eastern side of the South Pennines. It dips and dances it’s way around Kirklees and Calderdale taking in as many of the old stone sett roads that it can. It’s a thigh bursting way to spend a Sunday. Organised by ex-pro Michel Collins and Kirlees Cycling Academy  it raises funds to get kids coached and into cycling.Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.06.35 Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.07.19 Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.07.36 Lets be fair and say that the following day my legs still hurt, so just a jaunt around our local dirt roads, a quick round of Bridleway Bingo – horse, ‘cross bike, mountain bike but alas no walker for a full house. It has however been a week of beautiful weather so Royd Ices were called for (always wear a helmet folks, ice-cream can be dangerous).Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.08.00 Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.08.17 Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.09.28 Next my bike and I took a trip to York where I’m running an event called Morvelo City Cross on the 13th June. Planning in the venue, not sure if that’s a horse or a chess piece. Riding in York is deceptively hard. It may look flat and harmless but the wind always has other ideas. Give me Calderdales hills any day!Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.09.45 In another of my many guises I lead out rides for a company called Rapha, I like to get a bit creative where I can with these and will always go out and check the routes in advance.  I started from their Cycle Club in Manchester and threaded out of the city towards the South Pennines, winding my way up and down the little roads along the hill sides. Always a bonus if you get your own  roads!Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.10.13 Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.10.28Then lastly for this post I have the new Kinesis ACE Tripster to play with for a few weeks.

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