Ilkley moor Koop with some off road fun

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This picture in no way does justice to the hill up ahead… just straight up, next to biggest cog, out of the saddle until my legs were gonna pop the sit down up one gear and grind it out to the top!

Was worth it for the view

So I put it to google that it needs cycling type option… cause I’m riding a road bike and this is getting more off road!

And more off-road…. I may have brought the wrong bike?

But what an amazing find, a little wood on a road ride, was so quiet there

And then the paths stopped and it was a muddy boggy line across a field… on a road bike… with skinny tyres…

But I did it! Cleaned it, no walking or even a dab! Thank the gods because my white road shoes! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Great ride, bit of adventure. Loved it!

Fully loaded 50km

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Same route as 3 days ago, but a world of difference, it was cold but dry and bright,

The gravel bike fully loaded feels great until your into the wind then i really noticed the loss of aerodynamics but after an hour it just felt normal.

This is training for coast to coast ride later in October, so gonna be riding a loaded bike for the next few weeks.

But today… I just didn’t want to stop, I could have kept riding all day.

Gravel bike on the road.. up the hill.

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The stiffer carbon frame really makes a difference to how this bike pulls up hill.

I was able to get some good time out of the saddle…. I’m no Alberto Contador but had some good hills attacks… against my self.

But the bike has a rattle… something around the headset… very annoying, and stopping to take lights off and adjust things kind of added time but overall gravel bike on the road. Awesome!

Gravel!!

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New gravel bike, 40th birthday present to myself.

Stop start ride getting the bike dialled in, things adjusted and setup but once I did she flew!

Was loads of fun to ride, the flared handle bars are really comfy the tyres take up a lot of the small stones but I was quickly reminded it’s no mountain bike on the Rocky sections.

The 1 x 11 gears are smooth and I’m going to take them for a proper run on the hills tomorrow.

All about the pink jerseys

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This is my absolute favourite cycling jersey. It’s really old and I’ve almost worn it to death, but it’s comfy and bright and outrageously pink.

So when I was looking for a cycling club to join for regular rides the nearest and pinkest club was always gonna be a winner.

Enter my new cycling club Albarosa Cycling club

Now I’ve my club ride cherry. Had a great time with my little group of 4 for the ride.

The route took in some beautiful country lanes around Otley and Ilkley Adel and north Leeds,

Some good (hard for me still) climbs and fast descents.

Quick pint at the Stables pub and then home.

I’m running the Alpkit Boson main light at the front and it’s so bright the guys kept thinking a car was approaching.

Lasted the whole ride no issues, should be good for 3-7 hours on the higher settings.