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tourmalet

Up North

We're leaving the city with the fastest growing cycling culture in the world to live in North Yorks. Any recommendations for good clubs and rides (road) around York?
Bartali

Good for you - hope you enjoy Yorkshire
bianchigirl

Yorkshire is gorgeous - lucky you! (Don't live there, can't help with your query or anything but you are lucky!)
crash48

Lucky you.

It is some of the most gorgeous countryside in the world.

I Take it you love steep 25 percent hills then Razz
sheeponabike

Of course the title of the thread should really be "oop north"
tourmalet

crash48 wrote:


I Take it you love steep 25 percent hills then Razz


I 'like' anything up to about 7%, after that it gets too painful - growing up in Sheffield means you acclimatise to hills early in life. But York is flatter than the proverbial pancake so day-to-day should be pretty plain sailing.
Bartali

So then ... there are at least 4 of us from Sheffield regulrly contributing to this forum!

Crash - "its some of the most gorgeous countryside in the world" - here here!
bbnaz

I have been to York once (2000) whilst on a choir tour. I walked all over the town and was charmed although I didn't particularly care for the Viking museum and its "authentic smells".

We sang in Harrogate and my sister and I spent some time in a pub where she got more than a bit pissed.

It was lovely.

No help I know but it sure was a great trip!
Bartali

BB' - What sort of things does your choir sing? Mrs Bartali is a singer?
sabcarrera

Bartali wrote:
So then ... there are at least 4 of us from Sheffield regulrly contributing to this forum!

Crash - "its some of the most gorgeous countryside in the world" - here here!


Born and bred in Sheffield but don't live there any more.
I did cycle to work regularly.
bbnaz

Bartali wrote:
BB' - What sort of things does your choir sing? Mrs Bartali is a singer?


oops, don't know how I missed this. It was a church choir (Episcopal, American version of Anglican although we have pissed of the Anglican communion) but the choir master retired and moved to Italy. Florence to be exact and I don't particularly care for the new one so I am looking about at two other churches who will be travelling abroad in the next couple of years. One is planning a Belgium/Italy tour and the other just Italy. Question is which one will let a bottom feeder like me in. I am an alto Wink

Our former choir master was quite adventurous and we sang quite diverse stuff, not just stuffy "church" tunes. I miss him immensely.
crash48

Sheffield is a bit of a cyclists stronghold correct?

Any reason for that? The county side, a long cycling culture etc.

Give me more info than just 'well we are hard up north' Very Happy
CapeRoadie

sheeponabike wrote:
Of course the title of the thread should really be "oop north"


Laughing

Aye.
sheeponabike

Very Happy love your new avatar cape - much better than RA
Bartali

crash48 wrote:
Sheffield is a bit of a cyclists stronghold correct?

Any reason for that? The county side, a long cycling culture etc.

Give me more info than just 'well we are hard up north' Very Happy


Sabcarrea makes 5 by my reckoning.

Why is a cycling stronghold othr than the fact that we are ard oop north? Think it probably has something to do with the fact that, like Rome, Sheffield is built on seven hills. Come to think about it .. that should perhaps discourage cycling? Also, it is a large but very compact city. You can hit countryside in every direction in a relatively short ride. Hilly Peak District to the West - Pancake flat Notts/Lincolnshire to the SouthWest.
Bartali

BB - Tour of Italy has a nice ring aout it. Hope they get the timing right Wink

Mrs Bartali used to be a Soprano, but dropped down to Mezzo a year or so ago. Opera for Mrs B.
CapeRoadie

sheeponabike wrote:
Very Happy love your new avatar cape - much better than RA


Merci buckets. My favorite scene from the film.
crash48

Anything north of Watford is north to me Smile

What constitutes the North? Where does it start, (not lack of running and wive beating areas but actual borders Very Happy ) and does it cover the North West?

I guess this is a serious area of debate with a lot of people.
Bartali

For me, the North starts just south of the line drawn between Manchester and Sheffield.
sheeponabike

Shit that makes me a southerner.

And cape, "I fart in your general direction"

I quite like the discussion about swallows.
crash48

Sheep

I always thought you were a soft southern shite. Very Happy

But you can console yourself with the fact that it's grim up north.
sheeponabike

Well I may live in the soft south now, but my heart's still in the north where the worth of a future wife is measured in how much coal she can carry up from the cellar in one go.
bbnaz

Bartali wrote:
BB - Tour of Italy has a nice ring aout it. Hope they get the timing right Wink

Mrs Bartali used to be a Soprano, but dropped down to Mezzo a year or so ago. Opera for Mrs B.


We "premiered" Norma in Arizona as it had never been done before. As I said, our director was quite talented and the soloists were.....in a word, sublime. 4 different soprano soloists, 3 great tenors (two who had done Broadway), 1 incredible mezzo, 2 strong pure bass voices with one of them obviously doing a great baritone too. The full spectrum. Opera was Curt's passion (probably even more than church music).

Anyway, it opened up a lot of doors musically for me. But every trip we took, I was always on the look out for the cyclists.......... Laughing
CapeRoadie

BB, why didn't you sing for us when I saw you last?
bbnaz

Mr. Green
tourmalet

crash48 wrote:
Sheffield is a bit of a cyclists stronghold correct?

Any reason for that? The county side, a long cycling culture etc.

Give me more info than just 'well we are hard up north' Very Happy


well, if you'd ever seen Wednesday play then you'd understand why we have to like something other than football.
Bartali

tourmalet wrote:
well, if you'd ever seen Wednesday play then you'd understand why we have to like something other than football.


Ouch!!
cardinal guzman

bbnaz wrote:
Bartali wrote:
BB' - What sort of things does your choir sing? Mrs Bartali is a singer?

oops, don't know how I missed this. It was a church choir (Episcopal, American version of Anglican although we have pissed of the Anglican communion) but the choir master retired and moved to Italy. Florence to be exact and I don't particularly care for the new one so I am looking about at two other churches who will be travelling abroad in the next couple of years. One is planning a Belgium/Italy tour and the other just Italy. Question is which one will let a bottom feeder like me in. I am an alto Wink
Our former choir master was quite adventurous and we sang quite diverse stuff, not just stuffy "church" tunes. I miss him immensely.


My mum's choir has just come back from singing at the Menin gate - incredibly moving by all accounts.
cardinal guzman

The North.

Socially and economically, The North is everywhere above a line drawn between the Bristol Channel and The Wash.


Tourmalet, you'll have to readjust to our strange customs....

And hills not for southerners......

http://www.milltownmemories.org.uk/content/1.html
sheeponabike

Bloody 'ell lad, where's that cobbled 'ill?
cardinal guzman

sheeponabike wrote:
Bloody 'ell lad, where's that cobbled 'ill?


The Buttress? It's still there, pave n'all. From the square in the middle of Hebden Bridge, go over the old bridge, past the Hole in the Wall pub and it's straight ahead - or up as the case may be. Shocked If you can get up it, post a vid because you'll be the first! In fact if you plan to tackle it, let me know because I'll buy the first up it (all the way to Heptonstall) a pint in the Cross Keys!
crash48

Hey at least there is a pub at the top.

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