Ride Leader : John Southworth
This event forms part of the CTC West Yorkshire DA Events Programme and is registered with the CTC Tourist Trophy Competition. The 400 km course has to be completed within 27 hours. There is an entry fee of £8.00 (£9.00 when paying by PayPal).
Not Quite the Spurn Head 400 offered riders the chance to visit a part of Yorkshire which is truly unique, and which may well soon be reclaimed by the North Sea (but hopefully not too soon). There was also the chance to spend time in some of the less visited parts of the East Riding. Unfortunately the cafe at the tip of Spurn Point has now closed and has been removed, but most of the event remains, with the sand and pavé being replaced by the Isle of Axholme.
The Tourist Information Offices in Halifax (01422 368725) and Hebden Bridge (01422 843831) may be able to provide details of more up-market accommodation in the area.
The original 240 was a CTC West Yorkshire DA Standard Ride organised by Halifax CTC and remembered with affection (?) by many of the DA’s veterans, and some of the younger riders too. In its original form, the aim was to cover the 240 miles in 24 hours.
The challenging route takes in a lot of majestic country and some substantial hills including the climbs of Barbondale, Hartside, Yad Moss, Kidstones, and Cock Hill Moor.
It was revived in 2002 as an Audax event by Frank Branch and Judith Willcock, who converted the old handwritten and much roneo’d and photocopied route sheets into intelligible form, making appropriate modifications that enhanced the route and kept it true to its origins. The route was modified in 2007, in order to accommodate the early start and to remove a section of trunk road, while retaining and enhancing the scenic qualities
The challenging route takes in a lot of majestic country and includes substantial climbing with 6.5 AAA points. There are no compromises as regards route or comfort. The route will take you to remote and inhospitable places (e.g.Yorkshire) as it climbs its way through majestic Pennine landscapes. There are long distances between controls and it is likely that you will need to carry food and drink, and be resourceful about your victualling. You should have complete confidence in your abilities and in your bicycle and its equipment, and will need to have adequate lighting to cope with unlit and poorly surfaced country roads in remote and hilly areas. Riders who successfully complete this event have the satisfaction of knowing that they have overcome one of Audax UK’s hardest challenges.
Ride Leader : Colin Chapman
Ride Leader: Reid Anderson
Ride Leader : Paul Barnes
Ride Organiser: Reid Anderson
16 miles in 2 hours for newcomers and youngsters, or 36 miles in 3 hours for the more experienced cyclist.
Following feedback from our Members survey in 2018, we are offering a shorter easier-paced ride on the 1st Sunday of each month starting in June. Rides will take around 2 hours.. We will not leave anyone behind. There will be a coffee stop. Meet at Halifax Bull Green Car Park (free parking) at 9:15am for a 9:30am start. For the latest information visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ctccalderdale, or contact Reid Anderson on 07763 328 804.