Calderdale CTC activities range from social to endurance rides, attracting a wide variety of riders with a common love of cycling. There are other local clubs whose style of cycling may appeal to you.>
Fast(ish)training runs with a cafe stop
The Condor Road Club was formed in 1948 mainly to cater for cyclists wishing to take part in ‘massed start’ cycle racing and has gone on to be successful in most spheres of cyclesport including time trialling, cyclo-cross, Audax and Sportives, all of which our members are currently active.
Indeed in time trialling we have the current British over 60’s record holder for 50miles, 100miles and 12 hours, and the 2012 UCI World over 70’s Cyclo-Cross Champion. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry because most of our members are more into a ‘bash’ around the local lanes, up into the Dales or down into the Peaks.
We currently promote two races each year, a round of the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Series in November, and a road race on the Norland Circuit in May. The club draws its members from all over Calderdale. Together with our good friends from the Halifax Imps we have a 50 to 75 mile ride each Wednesday which meets at 10am at Shelf Roundabout (destination decided on the day depending on weather but always includes a cafe stop).
On Thursdays, again with the Imps, we have a social ride which meets outside the main Post Office in Halifax at 7.30pm. On Sundays, if not taking part in a local Audax or Sportive we will have a ride of up to 100 miles or so (depending on the weather and time of year). Meeting time and place is publicised on the Condor Blog the previous Friday or Saturday. All are welcome on these rides which are suitable for fit, experienced riders of any age.
Halifax Imperial Wheelers Most types of cycling including road racing, time trialling, touring, social rides, club runs etc.
Founded in 1924, the Halifax Imperial Wheelers hold the distinction of being the longest established cycling club in Calderdale.. Membership currently stands at 38 and we have had quite a few new joiners in the last year. Our monthly meetings now take place on the second Friday of the month at Halifax Catholic Club.
Our year-round Thursday night social rides continue to be our best supported activity with on average 12 to 15 attending every week being a mix of Imps and also Condor RC. If any CTC member feels they are missing out when your season of Thursday nights ends please feel free to come and join us!
We have attempted to re-start our Sunday rides in a new way. We still have a list of 52 Sunday rides but the first Sunday of each month is now the “Official” club run – we guarantee there will be club members present on these Sundays so any new or prospective members can be sure there will be someone to meet them at the start which for these runs is always outside Toymaster at the bottom of George Square at 08.45 for a 09.00 start.
We still promote road races; this year’s is on 22 April under LVRC auspices on the Norland circuit. Please come and watch or even volunteer to help! We also assist in marshalling two White Rose Youth events on the closed circuit at Richard Dunn sports centre each summer, and provide marshals each year to the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 100 miles time trial.
We hope to be able to restart occasional roller racing events soon, using the equipment we obtained from the lottery many moons ago and which has been idle for far too long. Local cyclists will be most welcome to come and have a go.
Our annual reliability ride is another high spot of the year for those who enjoy pain and suffering and this year the attendance of those of a masochistic nature was a record 92!
So, in this Olympic year things are looking up for us and cycling in general. Let’s try to keep the momentum going.
Pedalsport CC has about 100 members with interests in road and mountain bike racing,, and cycle sport generally, and there is a social side to its activities too. New members are welcome.
Tuesday evening road rides take place weekly, starting at 7.00 pm at Elland Cricket Club, Hullen Edge Road, Elland HX5 0QY. There are rides for all abilities, from social rides to fast training rides. On Thursday evenings, mountain bike rides start at 7.00 pm at Elland Cricket Club, with three levels of rides: social & beginners, Intermediate, and race group.
Under 16s are catered for with a weekly Saturday morning session at 9.00 am at Brooksbank School, Elland. These sessions are compliant with British Cycling’s GO RIDE programme, and aim to improve youngsters’ cycing skills through games. All abilities are catered for, but those taking part do need to have their own well-maintained bike and a cycle helmet.
Pedalsport CC has been developing riders since its inception. While some members are now being successful at national and international level, continued participation in cycle sport at a local level is valued.
If you would like to know more about our activities, why not call into the Pedalsport shop at King Cross, where the noticeboard carries details of club activities. Or you can call Mark, Jack, or Rick on 01422 361460, or email email@example.com
Based at Brighouse cycle shop VS Cycles, at 19 Bradford Road, VS Cycles RT has about 40 members who enjoy taking part in cycle sport generally,
During the months April – September, a fast paced group ride (or chain gang) sets out from The Three Nuns, Cooper Bridge at 6.30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Many members race at the weekends.
Outside these months of long daylight, a Wednesday evening training ride starts weekly at 6.45 pm at the VS Cycles shop in Brighouse, and a weekly Sunday ride sets out from different starting points as arranged. The club also looks to encourage young riders to progress in cycle sport.
If this sounds like the sort of thing you might be interested in, you can get more details of activities by calling into VS Cycles, phoning 01484 715230, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following information is taken from The Tandem Club (UK): West Yorkshire Regional Group. Website
The group is made up of members of the Tandem Club living in the West Yorkshire area and beyond, loosely based on addresses with the following postcodes: BD (Bradford); HD (Huddersfield); HG (Harrogate); HX (Halifax); and LS (Leeds). Wakefield (WF) is served by its own regional group. You can find other regional groups/regional officers athttp://www.tandem-club.org.uk/_regionalgroups.htm We meet up throughout the year for local rides and occasional weekends away. All rides are open to all tandemists, or to anyone with an interest in tandems – new riders always welcome!
As well as the main programme of runs there are usually some days planned for those riding with children. The year’s runs list is put together in January, although additional rides or events can be announced via the web-site.
The Regional Officers are the main point of contact for the group, but for particular rides the day’s organisers should be contacted directly. If possible phone them in advance to check the ride is going ahead, and to let them know you are planning to come
The contact details for the regional officers are available on the West Yorkshire Tandem Club website.
Specialist bikes for all abilities.
Tel: 01422 358621 (term time only)
Cycling and running on the fells and roads
CycleBradford has grown out of the work of bSPOKE, the Bradford Cycling Forum, which is itself the result of a series of meetings held by various people and organisations that have an interest in cycling in the Bradford district.
CycleBradford’s ambition to become an instantly recognisable, all inclusive, easy to use resource, for anyone interested in cycling in the area. They are a resource for news, guidance and discussion relating to all aspects of cycling in the Bradford district. There is an online calendar with events and links to clubs and other resources.