Sunday 16th Dec

Short Ride

Fifteen miles -accomplished with alacrity – Beckwithshaw, Pot Bank, coffee stop at The Farm Shop at the corner of Hampsthwaite Lane and the A59, then back via various routes. The sun shone, the company was wonderful and 3/5 of us enjoyed an excellent W E lunch and quiz at the Hockey Club.
Thank you one and all! Sue D

Medium Ride

Liz P and I both came off on black ice on the way to Hornbeam. But we judged that the route would be safe on a sunny morning, and we found ourselves in a group of 12 on a route to Little Almscliffe, Menwith Hill, Clapham Green and Hampsthwaite. Just the right length for those going to the Christmas lunch, and indeed just right because it was cold fingers and toes weather. I managed to use an obscure word, thus fulfilling the first of the three functions of a ride leader (to inform, entertain, and try not to lose anyone). Oleaginous (noun) – exaggeratedly and distastefully complimentary; obsequious. You won’t need to guess the context after recent events in London and Brussels. But, this moment aside, it was a highly enjoyable ride, with nary a thought about events beyond Nidderdale. Many thanks to Chris R for back marking: my legacy is in very safe hands. Justin K.

Medium Plus Ride

As usual the Medium Plus Ride left en-mass from Hornbeam but soon divided into two groups with the speed-merchants disappearing into the distance. The steady group had an uneventful ride out to Boroughbridge via Arkendale, Great Ouseburn and the Dunsforths. At the café it was decided to cut the ride short so as to arrive in time for the Christmas Do. We were making speedy progress until a combination of avoiding deep puddles and an oncoming vehicle caused Rob and Dave S to have a coming together. After sorting out Rob’s bike we made our way back to Ripley and Harrogate with no more incidents. Hope that Rob and Dave only suffered minor injuries and were able to get their riding kit degreased. PC