Ride Leaders: Emma, Bill, James and James
Meet at Hebden Bridge Railway Station, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. HX7 6JE
Time - 8am for a 8.15am departure
Train information - 07.26 from Manchester Victoria arrives 07.50 or 07.08 from Leeds arrives 07.52
Distance - 75km ascent 2070m
The Rapha cyclocross rides are run in conjunction with the key UCI cyclocross races and our Theatres of Cross exhibition by Ben Ingham. As racers on the continent tackle the Vlaamse Duinencross Koksijde, riders on the MCRCC CX ride will partake in The Mary Towneley Loop with a mixture of cobbles, double track, packhorse slabs, quiet roads and single track.
Lady Mary Towneley raised awareness of the poor state of the bridleways and the need for long distance routes to be made useable again. The loop is named in her memory. It is 75km long with 2070m of climbing, taking in the beautiful moorland and industrial towns and villages as it winds it's way around Yorkshire and Lancashire.
We are kindly supported by The Pennine Bridleway rangers who will be providing Land Rover vehicle support.
The route is very challenging and hilly in places and good bike handling is essential. The route does include sections of carrying. Our Ride Leaders will only wait for a mechanical and the moving pace will average between 10-18kph.
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-No road bikes. CX bikes only.
-Helmet use is compulsory .
THIS IS A CLUB RIDE, NOT A RACE.
- Club riding is about working together as a group, do not surge or pass the route leader at any time.
SIGNALLING AND ROAD HAZARDS.
- Always make the group aware of oncoming traffic or road hazards such as potholes and debris when necessary.
- It is important to hold your line with no sudden movements, always check if there’s room and signal to move out.
- If you’re not sure of the signalling conventions used in group riding, please ask the ride leaders before the ride departs.
- Please give way to horses and walkers.
- Watch out for sheep.
- Under no circumstances should you cross wheels with the rider in front of you or when doubling up on the road the rider beside you. This is bad etiquette, dangerous and can cause accidents.
BIKE MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY.
key - All riders are responsible for their own well-being during the ride and should be prepared for situations such as adverse weather conditions, mechanical problems and flat tyres.
- Helmet use is compulsory.
- Lights must be carried.
- You should have any basic tools you may require; we recommend inner tubes x2, pump, tyre levers and relevant allen keys, chain breaker and split link.
- Ensure your bike is well maintained and clean, check brake pads and tyres for signs of wear. Please carry spare brake pads and if using disk brakes please make sure you understand how they work.
- There are sections of open moorland, please ensure you have appropriate clothing for weather conditions should they worsen.
- Due to the remote nature of the route please ensure that you are carrying food and drink with you.
T & C’s
The ride leaders reserve the right to refuse any rider onto the ride if their bike or riding style is a danger to the rider or group.
Rapha reserves the right to cancel the ride with no notice.
You are responsible for your own safety whilst on the ride, Rapha cannot be held responsible for any personal injury or damage to equipment.
ALWAYS LISTEN TO THE RIDE LEADERS AND PLEASE ASK IF YOU’RE NOT SURE ABOUT ANYTHING.