Walk in “Skip”ton

Just back from a walk in the place I call home – The Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales – Skipton. As you can see I took some great snaps of the wonderful sights Middletown Recreation Ground, Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Skipton Castle Woods etc. As you can see in the following photographs Skipton is full of fauna, flora and utterly stunning views.

UPDATE: see below the images.

Network Rail: Thank you for your recent contact reporting litter near Bridge SKS1-9 and SKS 1-7 at Skipton.

Litter and fly tipping and the irresponsible disposal of domestic refuse and litter on and around the railway is an ongoing and expensive problem within the rail industry. This highly anti-social behaviour not only blights the railway environment but, the rubbish dumped can be used by vandals to obstruct or cause damage to passing trains.

Network Rail complies with current legislation relating to the removal of litter from the railway and takes all practicable measures, within its resources, to keep it’s infrastructure as litter-free as possible, and on embankment areas, litter is cleared as part of a structured maintenance programme. Priority will always be given to those areas with potential to affect the safety of the operational railway.

Removal of the litter on the embankment mentioned above will be included in our maintenance programme and the work carried out within existing timescales. We cannot give you a firm date when this will happen, but are looking to plan this provisionally for September/October funding and resource permitting.

Craven Council: First response was in the line of “that this is not on our land and responsibility”. Though some litter is clearly on their land are …

Yorkshire Cycle-cross Skipton 2015

If you like an hour of pain do partake in a Cycle Cross race. Or do as I did have a short walk around a nice park/golf course while looking at people in pain. I have come to the conclusion that Cycle Cross have been invented by the cycle manufacturers in an attempt to make more money. When you are a max heart rate, thinking that you are about to die, and your chain jumps off. You will not check your bike over as you will at home in the garage. From the amount of chain vs cassettes interferences I heard today, I know the LBS will be busy tomorrow.

Tour de Yorkshire 2014

Yesterday we celebrated seven years together, while watching Tour de France in Skipton, nice little follow up because seven years ago we also watched Tour de France in London. What a buzz, great weekend, sun, friends, cake, cyclist, big screen, Cav crash, happy people. Now where shall we celebrate 14 years ago, I think somewhere along the tour route for sure :)

Today I managed 13 miles for the first time since last summer, I just had to since the Tour was only 6-7 miles away today. My hands and arms are going to pay me back big time tomorrow. But I don’t care it was Le Tour De Yorkshire!

Surprised that I had so much in my legs, though have forgotten how to pace myself. I do need to get a new chain and cassette as the gears jumped all over the shop, it is not something that is high on the list when you haven’t been on a bike in anger since Dec 2012.

With a 75 metre head start I just managed to stay ahead, all the way to the top, of a dad on a full suspension MTB, with a tag along AND a trailer.

Boy is it great to cycle with Peli, something that I have missed big time.

Just a little side note that I found on the Independent website – “Combined the Olympic and the Paralympics had 800.000 spectators”. Compare that to the Tour de Yorkshire which they are saying had about 2.5 million spectators. And that show in London you had to pay for…