Awaydays draft

Over the past few years Wheel Easy has run a successful programme of Awayday rides. These are where we start away from Harrogate and do a ride in a different area (often the Dales or Wolds). The start of the ride is usually about 1-1.5 hours drive away and you need to transport your own bike, although we try to help those who do not have transport to get a lift. The rides are around 35/40 miles with about 800/1000m of climbing over the day. If you are not already involved and would be interested in joining in these rides then read on…..

Format
The rides are limited to 24 riders, split into 2 groups. To get the information for the rides you have to be registered. Ride information will ONLY be sent to those who have registered interest in the rides and you will have to book a place on a ‘first come first served’ basis once each ride is announced. If you have not registered before and want to register, send your e-mail address to Kevin Douglas (e-mail: awaydays@wheel-easy.org.uk) and you will be added to the mailing list. The list gets checked each year to see if those on it want to remain. Details of each ride are sent when they are ready, which is usually 2/3 weeks before a ride takes place.

Ride Planners: We have had many great rides planned by Club Members (see the Archive) and we are always looking for people to offer to plan and lead a ride. We are happy to help with planning etc and we will sort out the ride leaders for the other group. If your interested in having a go then contact Kevin with the date you would be able to lead a ride and he will send the basic format of the Awayday for you to look at and see if your ride works.

Group Leaders: If you don’t fancy planning a ride, but want to help then leading a group is the next best thing! You need to have a Garmin or similar, be able to download and follow the route and be happy to lead the group. As group leader you are guaranteed a place on the ride. Things generally work out well, but you need to be prepared to make decisions if not! Its not too difficult a task as everyone helps out.
If you are prepared to act as a group leader the let me know – this can be on a ride by ride basis.

Awaydays 2021

As most people will know the whole of the 2020 Awayday programme was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. Whilst there is no clear picture as to what will happen in 2021 I thought I should be optimistic and at least get provisional dates in the diary for next year. Those who have been involved in the programme before know that about this time of year we usually do publish provisional dates to help everyone plan for their own trips/holidays etc so I decided to do that again for 2021 and hope that we are in a position to at least get some Awayday rides completed.

One piece of news for next year is that Colin has decided to stand down from being ‘route master.’ He wants to plan more off-road rides etc and so while he’ll join the rides he won’t be doing any route leading. Colin was the driving force of getting this programme going and he has been fantastic in producing great rides in a wide variety of areas and so his knowledge and skill will be missed. I want to thank him, on everyone’s behalf, for everything he has done to help plan the Awaydays. Whilst I am carrying on with the administration of the rides, anyone who has ridden with me wouldn’t want me to be in charge of the routes so I will be looking for people to offer to devise routes and lead rides in 2021. I know some people had rides planned for last year and, of course, we can also repeat some of the great rides we have done over the past 4 years. When I confirm the dates early in the New Year I will be asking people to volunteer to lead rides. If anyone wants to know about what you need to do I would be happy to send them details.

Back to 2021….  The provisional dates for 2021 are (all Wednesdays):-

  • 17th March 2021
  • 21st April 2021
  • 19th May 2021
  • 16th June 2021
  • 21st July 2021
  • 18th August 2021
  • 15th September 2021
  • 20th October 2021

Get the dates in your diary and lets hope we will be able to do an Awayday on some of them.

Kevin