Well it's only a week to go before we will be loading up and setting off in the coach for St Bee's in Cumbria.
It all started when a group of us last year decided to take on the challenge of the 'Coast to Coast in Day 2015' which is a 150 mile cycle ride from the Seascale, Cumbria through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Northern Valleys of the North Yorkshire Moors finishing by the sea in Whitby in just one day!! Yes. just one day and if that is not enough of a challenge the route also takes in over 15,000ft of climbing!!
We also decided to raise a bit of cash for Brigg L.I.V.E.S in the process, The Brigg Group of the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) trains and provides first responders, who often get to people needing urgent help before ambulance crews arrive. This is an invaluable service for the Brigg Community. You can make a donation via JustGiving.comContinue reading →
With 13 days until the Coast to Coast in a day, a group of 10 decided to head to the Yorkshire Dales for some hill training. Weather forecast was looking grim, so I knew it would be character building and a good opportunity to learn to ride up and down the hills in the wet. 6am we departed from home and headed to Linton, where we parked up outside a lovely pub called the Fountaine Inn. Note for fellow female cyclists,the nearest toilets to Linton are in Grassington, we discovered these today after drinking too much coffee en route!!!
Talking about wee stops, I never realised how weak all of the men's bladders were, especially Johnny, it must have been at least 5 wee stops for him!! Continue reading →
On Saturday the 13th June, 3 riders from BDCC decided to ride their mountain bikes from Clumber Park to Sherwood Pines on the trail known as NCN6. This route had been discussed numerous times but never achieved. It had forecast heavy rain all day however enthusiasm wasn’t dampened. The journey from Brigg takes an hour from the M180 to M18, then A1 South, alternatively an hour from Caistor via Gainsborough and Retford.
On arrival we parked past the cricket pitches, easily accessible for facilities such as bicycle hire. The weather forecast for once was correct and torrential rain was the order of the day. We got togged up with our schoolboy grins and set out for the day down towards the lake. We soon found and followed the first sign for the NCN6 route into the unknown where the route is well sign posted and takes in some scenic woodland. Continue reading →
Following on from our Winter Road Biking Tips (Part 1) where we looked at how best to stay warm and pick the right winter cycle clothing, this time we look at how best to prepare your bike or set up a dedicated winter bike.
One of the most obvious additions for your winter bike is mudguards, keeping your feet, lower legs and ass dry make a massive difference to your overall comfort on a winters ride. There are various options on mudguards from the tiny 'ass saver' which is a waste of time to the fully fitted full-length front and back guards dependent on whether your frame has mounts.
The fitting of mudguards also shows respect for your club mates, there is nothing worse than to have taken time and effort fitting mudguards only to be following someone with no mudguards and soaking you through anyway(note:refrain from all out rant)! Continue reading →
Now that the summer is coming to an end and the nights are drawing in, it doesn't mean that you have to stop cycling. It can be hard to sustain the motivation to cycle through the winter when it’s cold and wet, but cycling is one of the few sports that you really can do all year-round with the right preparation, equipment and clothing!
Firstly you need to ensure that you dress for the weather, there’s an old saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’ and there is some truth in it. Feeling cold and and damp is not going to help motivate you to get out there so here is a few tips; Continue reading →
Welcome to the new website for the newly formed Brigg and District Cycling Club. I believe that Brigg did have a cycling club many years ago and if anyone has any further details it would be good to include some history on the website.
The club has been set up to allow cyclists from Brigg and the surrounding area to have a focal point to meet like minded individuals and provide an added social scene. The ethos of the club is about enjoying the sport, so whether you are totally new or have been cycling for years then you are welcome to become a part of Brigg and District CC.
If you have any suggestions on things you would like to see from the club then please feel free to leave your suggestions below or via Facebook or Twitter. You can also keep up with your fellow members via Strava.