Hebden-ish on Sunday – Who's going?
Got a load of mates coming from Manc to stay in Todmorden Sat night, heading over to Hebden on the Sunday. Still working out the practicalities. Going to have a fair few kids with us so need somewhere to watch that isn’t too remote or far to walk from Hebden centre. Any recommendations? I’ve got a feeling Hebden is going to be a bit of a nightmare on Sunday.
The other idea is to ride up over the moor to Blackstone Edge (those without kids in tow that is) and watch from somewhere near the road.
Once they’ve passed through anyone know if you’ll be able to ride down Cragg Vale after?Posted 3 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
So how did it go for everyone?
Ended up on Moorside Road at Stanford, after an unplanned late start.
It was great – so many people they even closed the village to cyclists and walkers.
Hats off to everyone who carried their road bikes over the moors, top effort.
Met another STW’er, a HtN’er and really enjoyed it.
Shame to miss the fun at Cragg Vale, I hear it was a bit busy.Posted 3 years agosimmySubscriber
I was at the top of cragg vale and got a good spot before the Police started diverting everyone over onto the grass.
Atmosphere was brilliant, sure I saw Mark there but didn’t want to say hello in case it wasn’t him 😆
Took 3 hours to get back to Bolton after that as they decided to close half of Littleborough off. The PCSO on traffic duty wasn’t half getting some stick.Posted 3 years agobuck53Subscriber
I was just after the turn onto A58 after Cragg Vale, had a great day. Got talking to a load of people, couples, families nearby, good job as everyone I was planning to meet cried off an early start after a heavy night before.
Hearing the crowd noise increase as the breakaway came up the top of Cragg Vale, watching the crowd go nuts one by one as they came along the stretch of Cragg Vale we could see, watching them round the corner and accelerate away past us and down the road, absolutely unreal. Then the whole thing got repeated 30 seconds later when the Peloton came past. A dog next to me joined in with the shouting too!Posted 3 years agoedhornbySubscriber
I rode from my house to Cragg Vale but got there late and ended up in the field which was a bit of a nightmare shouldering a road bike and walking through a marshy grass slope in my disco slippers 🙂
glad I didn’t take the car or the Mrs/kids as they wouldn’t have enjoyed itPosted 3 years agobrantSubscriber
Ran out of the back of the Crags, up past the House Of Shit, then up to Cock Hill. Great crowd there assembled over the few hours before things arrived, then amazingly quickly dissolved back into the hillside as soon as the bunch had gone through.
A great day. Managed to run back down to OldGate for beers whilst watching them go over Holme Moss on’t telly.
Hebden didn’t get on telly much as the copter was trying to work out which church in Heptonstall they were meant to be looking at, and I thought it was funny that the riders considered Cragg to be such an epic climb that they chose to have their lunch at the bottom.Posted 3 years agomarcMember
We camped on the hill above Cragg Vale on saturday night and walked down to watch it about half a mile before the Robin Hood.
Fantastic party atmosphere all day; the whole family had a great weekend.
Wobbled over to the “Hinch” to watch the end of the stage and for a BBQ/beer/sit in the sun watching the band they’d put on. Happy times 8)Posted 3 years agoflippinhecklerMember
Rode over from Skipton to top of Buttertubs for Saturdays stage it was a fantastic atmosphere with great banter and very amusing seeing some of the caravan vehicles getting stuck on the last kickup and crowds Achem encouragement :lol:, never ridden in Yorkshire before and my legs certainly felt the 35 miles there and back over some big lumps. Headed to Bishops Abbey for 2nd stage before heading home.Posted 3 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Set up shop just west of the Spring Rock on the edge of Norland Moor. Got my timings wrong so we were there for 09:30 and the riders eventually came past 5 hours later. Was a great day though – people in the house opposite had a big beer fridge like you get in an off licence and were offering us and the kids beers and fruit juice, letting us use their toilet etc. Overwhelmed by the spirit of the event and that even in the (relative) middle of nowhere halfway between Ripponden and West Vale the roads were lined solid on both sides.
Highlight? The British police X5 driving past playing the Allo Allo theme tune loudly. Or maybe the Gendarme on the motorbike who stopped nearby and let my 4 year old have a play on his bike.
First road race I’ve ever seen (doubt I’ll see another like it) but even as a die hard mountain biker its made me tempted to get a road bike.Posted 3 years agoBreganteSubscriber
Rode up from my mates with him, his lad and his lads mate and found a spot on Cragg Vale about half way. We were there by 9 am but managed to pass the time with a good crowd and had a great time. Climbing back up Cragg at snails pace in the crowds was madness. Rode back down the mordor traverse to the back of the golf club by Hollingworth and it really did resemble a scene from lord of the rings with hordes of orcs wandering down the moors.
Got absolutely eaten alive by midgies though.Posted 3 years ago
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