Category: Touring

May 26, 2013 Richard_calder No comments exist

Kevin Ward, well equipped fan Kevin Ward’s Facebook entries from before the Sportive (Friday) and post sportive and Professional Race (Monday) Friday: Had a great spin in the Belgium countryside on lovely quiet country lanes today, went to Geraadsbergen & climbed The Muur riding the cobbles is hell how the pro’s fly along is beyond me,…

September 13, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

The 2013 Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaandaren – RvV) is to take place on 31st March.   A club trip is planned for that weekend, taking in the very popular Sportive event the day before (Saturday). The plan is as follows: Thursday 28th March Ferry from Hull (evening sailing) to Zeebrugge. Friday morning transfer to B-Hotel…

May 27, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

Roker, Sunderland Start Martin Price claimed to have arranged for a fair easterly wind to help the Calder annual C2C ride from Sunderland to Whitehaven.The six riders, Tom Butler, Jonny Croston, Matt Dodsworth, Martin Price, Michael Vennard and Kevin Watson were happy with Martin’s choice of start, which apart from the favourable wind, meant that…

April 4, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

Michael Vennard on the Kwaremont Riding a 140K Sportive and watching the Professional Race were to be the highlights for Tom Butler, Jonny Croston and Michael Vennard, who boarded the overnight Ferry in Hull on a Thursday evening, heading for Zeebrugge and then Oudenarde in Flanders for a long weekend at the ultimate festival of…

February 25, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

Some Riders stopping briefly at Waterton Discover Centre part way round the Health Ride.Photo David Keighley (Wakefield Cycling Forum) Keeping the Saturday morning rides going fortnightly through the Winter months has kept interest simmering until the 25th February Health Ride when warmer, dry weather attracted new cyclists who joined more experienced members of Calder Clarion…

October 19, 2011 Richard_calder No comments exist

Calder Chaplain at the summit of Mont Ventoux Tony Cooper enjoying his 70th birthday the hard way. In the first week of October, the Calder Chaplain, Tim Moss, joined a party of friends for a sunny week of cycling in France where they celebrated the 70th birthday of one of their group, Tom Cooper, with a…

September 6, 2011 Richard_calder No comments exist

While holidaying in Narbonne with his family in late August, Tom Butler climbed the iconic Tour de France haute category climb, the Plateau de Beille, known as the Alpe d’Huez of the Pyrenees. Tom took his summer road bike to France and managed to incorporate his ride seemlessly into the holiday so that all the…

May 30, 2011 Richard_calder No comments exist

Leaving wet Whitehaven Peter Gillot and Richard Hancock, the support team could see the Calder riders climbing slowly towards them in ones and twos as they waited higher up the slopes of the C2C’s final major climb out of Stanhope with the magnificent backdrop to the west of the Northern Pennines, bathed in late afternoon…

April 29, 2011 Richard_calder No comments exist

Highland Hotel, Stirling home of the Easter Meet Steve and Jean Burton were surprised at the National Clarion awards dinner at the Highland Hotel in Stirling when they were presented with Calder Clarion life membership after almost 50 years of cycling between them. The dinner was part of the Clarion Easter Meet, splendidly organised by West…

April 5, 2011 Richard_calder No comments exist

Oudenaarde Townhall built 1526-1537  Nine cyclists joined the Calder Clarion long weekend to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen on the 1st of April. The Hull Zeebrugge overnight ferry disembarkation was two hours late  but the group were able to check into their Oudenaarde hotel and do their Saturday ride around some of the high points of the…