- Ronde van Calderdale – anyone done this before?
anyone done the Ronde van Calderdale before! 80 miles of Yorkshire roads with a few cobbles … 7th April slightly apprehensive after I did my entry online yesterday. wondered if anyone has done the route before? As we don’t live up that way, no opportunity to pre-ride any of it.Posted 5 years ago
Sorry to drag this up – me and my bro are doing it M_C, it’s organised by a mate too. It will be hard, no doubt!
with a few cobbles
Erm, that might be an understatement TBH! I live locally and have ridden a few of the climbs, some of them are completely cobbled and very steep. We’ll be doing some of them this weekend, not really looking forward to it!Posted 5 years ago
They have cut it short, for those who were doing the long route. ETA I am, if my knee has recovered
Sunday Ronde Van Calderdale cut short:
Now then guys and gals.Posted 5 years ago
Bad/good news depending on which way u look at it.
The loop over withins moor rd is totally impassable. That’s the gravel section and one of the most scenic parts. Unfortunately the snow is just too deep and for too long to clear for Sunday.
It means after the drop into luddenden and the climb of old lane the route will be heading left and missing out that loop (that’s the climb of Jowel bank, withins moor rd and Cock hill).
Overall the ride will be reduced to around 60 miles.
It’s the safest option, and I am sure nobody wants a mile long walk over snow drifts.
Just like Milan San-Remo (which was also cut short), I am sure it will still be an exciting and fantastic ride.
In reality, knocking a few miles off just means less recovery time between the big climbs. Lee lane is third or fourth in terms of difficulty sadly :-$
Munque_chick/djglover – if you fancy rolling round with me and my brother you’re more than welcome to, drop me a mail or look out for the short bloke on a flat bar kaffenback on Sunday morning 🙂Posted 5 years ago
MrSmith – you coming to blow us all away then? 10,000+ft of climbing over a shortish route sounds pretty tough to me. The cobbles do vary in size, and there are plenty of tyre sized gaps to catch the unwary. See you in the morning, you can still enter on the day 😉
As above, full route now back on. Great! Or possibly not…..Posted 5 years ago
It was bloody horrible, but the pain is currently being numbed by a celebratory Guinness! I was foolish enough to ride there and back too, so I ended up with 88 miles and 10,000 ft of climbing, 7.5 hours though which was a bit slower than I’d have liked, but hey ho. Was very happy to ride all the climbs (happy being a subjective word obviously!)
Well done to everyone, we must be mad! 🙂Posted 5 years ago
I’m so glad I didn’t read these replies before the weekend when I did it! Holy shizzle that has to be the hardest, most brutual, gruelling event I have ever done! Only 4 women entered (1 was pro Annie Simpson, I know 1 DNF’d) but I FINISHED! and I rode everything except the last top bit of Trooper Hill, I was just too absolutely broken! Woody2000 we had a similar time we were clearly challenging you for the Lantern rouge! after the last feed stop we pottered on and got to the bottom of the last of 4 cobbled sections (as we drove up from Oxfordshire we didn’t know ANY of this route) and we nearly bailed. mr MC was looking at the Garmin and I decided it wouldn’t be worth the disappointment of not finishing so we soldiered on.. I did think i’d still be going at 8pm!
Annie Simpson posted on twitter about how broken she was and was having to bum shuffle up the stairs. Funny thing is yesterday I said never again..today I’m think..mmm mmaybe next year and I’ll do some more training. most of the hills were over 20%, the cobbles were insane. As for anyone saying it’s shorter and easier than Flanders then you can royally GFY…most of Flanders climbs you end up pushing as too many monkeys riding it. This was brilliantly organised, lots of friendly faces and flipping brutal. I’m so stoked I finished with only pushing one last climb and I one of only 3 women. So when’s the next one?Posted 5 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
Brilliant event. Cracking route, you know the climbs are tough when your arms hurt as much as your legs from yanking on the bars. Impressed they’d cleared all the roads, the views over the moors from the top of Oxenhope were spectacular, and in places the remains of the roadside drifts were still shoulder high. Terrific atmosphere on the road, lots of encouragement between fellow riders and with a field limited to 100 you couldn’t blame anyone else for stalling. We were on elastic with a large group from Alba Rosa (new Leeds based club) who’ve challenged all the preconceptions I had about roadie clubs, top bunch of guys with a lot of humour and really supportive of others.
Average speeds were shocking because when you weren’t climbing 20% grades you were descending them, they’d designed a route with almost no flats in it.
Chapeau to all who finished it. All our riding mates mtb’ed the dry south downs this weekend, I doubt they had more fun than we did. Probably hurt less, mind.Posted 5 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
dj please do, we spent most of the ride with ’em and they were a top bunch, munqe chick got a barrage of encouragement climbing the cobbles when they were around (I said something similar on the RVC FB page and a few of them have ‘liked’ it). Fair play to their young lad in shorts and short-sleeve jersey, either he was nails or Ive lived down south too long 😉
I was disappointed to see pics of people riding on the pavement/kerbs, not really in the spirit of the event 🙂
millscc that is mad, not sure you get a prize for the extra mileage! You werent in a yellow fluory jacket on a Ridley by any chance? Apparently the guy with the pink-dyed beard (apologies if its an STWer didnt speak to you in person) and the guy on the Tommasini (ditto) rode one of the cobble sections twice-on the final run home you pass them on your left and they must’ve seen the sign pointing up it and not recognised it ’til they got to the top.Posted 5 years ago
Ressurection of the old thread ..but whilst in the midst of a night shift and attempting to stay awake I was wondering what date this will be in 2014. Ronde.. have you confirmed 6th April yet? Was looking at A/L as Mr MC will have to book weekend off and we have to get it in early!Posted 4 years ago
Another thread bump – found this when I googled RvC which I’m doing tomorrow. On the video there are mostly road bikes but given the forecast bad weather I was considering using the CX cos its got discs. And much lower gears which might also be useful. 😉
Any ideas how much of the route is cobbled sections and how much slower a CX is going to be overall? 35mm almost-slick tyres vs my road bike with its 25mm. I know it’s a very subjective thing but thought someone with experience of the route might be able to advise on the “best” bike out of those two…
You doing it tomorrow Munqe-Chick?Posted 4 years agoantigeeMember
“brilliant and brutal” looks good as a description
millscc – Member
I was one of the women who did it, It was ace, loved it. Can’t beat lots of steep climbs. I did get lost though and rode home. 94 mile and 12000′ by the time I stopped. Splendid stuff
had to convert that to over 3500m of ascent to make sense – that’s a tough day out
edit was looking for some summer events in the area suspect this one will lurkPosted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Well that was a tough day out!
I used the CX bike in the end and to my mind it was worth it – the tyres were draggy at times on the flats but there weren’t many of those! The low gears and the wider tyres were worth the speed sacrifice, didn’t have to put a foot down on any of the climbs. The disc brakes helped too, especially early on when it was raining, some of the descents were insanely steep.
Brutal headwind out on the back end of the course. I made it just over 9000ft of climbing but my Garmin was once again playing up, it stopped recording for about 5 miles at one point.
Strangely, Emma’s (waterrat on here) route on Strava says nearly 1000ft LESS climbing so no idea what’s going on there…Posted 4 years ago
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