My longest day off road – with pics!
Yesterday I rode from Huddersfield to Brighouse then got the train to Hebden Bridge then rode back to Hudds along the Pennine bridleway, via Marsden then the Huddersfield narrow canal back home.
Wow that was hard work but so satisfying to finish. I’ve never ridden this far off-road in a day and I admit I was ruined when I got home. I did have to walk up a lot of the hills as I didn’t want to tire myself out and be stranded after hitting the wall and I’m glad I was careful.
33 miles, 95% offroad, 4500ft of climbing.
It was an amazing day weather wise – in the first half of the ride the ground was frozen so no mud but as the day went on it melted so it got steadily more wet and muddy. The descent down into Marsden was especially precarious and I went OTB on one bit into a big muddy hole so I ended up looked like some sort of monster from the deep!
Reservoir in middle of nowhere. Met Rochdale Cycling club members here who were taking out kids who had learning difficulties/disabilities/blindness (didn’t know which) and they were riding Thorn tandems with the kids on the back with semi slicks and mudguards! Bouncing and slithering down the muddy bridleway but they looked like they were having fun. Nice work guys!Posted 4 years ago
I really don’t have the right bike for that sort of ride either, could do with being 5lbs lighter!!
It really was a beautiful day. I didn’t put my coat on until I was on top of the moors past the M62, as long as I kept moving I was warm enough.
5mph average…. Not great I know but I’m happy!
I had to walk from Milnsbridge up to where I live about 1.5miles away as I just didn’t have any energy to pedal up the slightest incline!
Best descent was the one down to Piethorne, loads of fun.Posted 4 years ago
Did you do the descent down into marsden?
Yes – one of my favourites. However it was very sloppy and muddy and I had very little grip (Spesh Eskar tyres!). Went over the bars onto the flat slabs when my front wheel sunk to the hub into a hidden muddy hole. Hit the deck quite hard and bike landed on me too which was a little scary, thankfully I was ok. Few other sketchy moments too.
Hudds narrow canal was very muddy too.Posted 4 years agomintimperialSubscriber
Went over the bars onto the flat slabs when my front wheel sunk to the hub into a hidden muddy hole.
The first set of slabs you come to? It’s getting a bit lethal that, I know someone else that the same thing happened to. Might be worth contacting the National Trust, they’re responsible for the work on that bit of BW and the more people who kick off at them (politely) the more likely they are to fix it before someone breaks their neck on it…Posted 4 years ago
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