Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Etape Du Dales 2013

Duncan and I talked ourselves into riding this somewhat tortuous ride this year 110 miles and 10000 ft of climbing. It turned out to be a good couple of days as we were joined by Richard and Dave and Dave no. 2 !!

We had booked into the Red Lion pub in Burnsall near Skipton .......which I would highly recommend..........lovely location .....right on the river with the Dales Way on it's doorstep. That brought back memories as I had walked the Dales Way in my 20's and enjoyed it so much that I walked it back again.

Sunday May 19th was a perfect cycling day..........little wind ,dry and really pleasant temperature. The great thing about this ride is that you can set off pretty much when you want so we made sure that we enjoyed our full English breakies and eventually set sail at 9.10 a.m. Really quite civilized.

After 25 miles I looked across at Duncan and we had the same thoughts as we both felt we had done 100 miles already would we complete it ?? !! However we did and our times were respectable.........from 7 hours 8 mins to 7.30. Highly recommended sportif ride and good training for the Marmotte which is looming again !!
Boys ready st start.

Dave and Richard getting first few breaths in !!

Dave over the top of the Buttertubs Pass

The two Daves in full flight.

Dave over Buttertubs again

Yours truly,Duncan and Dave after cup of tea at Tan Hill.This is the first time I have ever seen this place out of cloud and rain or snow.

Away from Tan Hill