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…..
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 Doug Higgins (e-mail: ) 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 you’re interested in having a go then contact Doug 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.
Provisional dates for 2023 Awaydays are:-
- 19th April 2023
- 17th May 2023
- 21st June 2023
- 19th July 2023
- 16th August 2023
- 20th September 2023
- 18th October 2023
All theses rides are dependent upon volunteers agreeing to organise a route and Ride Leaders to come forward to help out.
There will also be a set of Brisk group awaydays on the same days as the main awaydays, but using different locations to avoid congestion in cafés and carparks. These will be organised separately using the Brisk Group WhatsApp group. For more information email .
The format of the Awaydays remains the same, with numbers restricted to 24 and split into 2 groups of 12 riders with a staggered start to spread the groups out. Each group will have a Ride Leader to help marshal the group.
We are looking for ride organisers to come up with routes. The rides need to be between 35-50 miles with climbing between 700m to 1000m in various locations outside of Harrogate area. Have a look at the Awayday Archive to see the rides we have already done. If you fancy leading a repeat of one of those then that’s OK.
If you are able to offer a route/ride then please contact me by email at with the date and an outline of the area the ride will be in and I’ll put it on the calender. If you havent organised a route then I’m happy to send you a copy of the ‘guidelines’ for an Awayday and help to sort it out. Also have a look at the archive which has lots of examples of Awayday rides.
If anyone has an idea for a ride or wants to volunteer then get in touch. If we don’t have someone to organise a ride then they wont run!
If you don’t fancy organising a ride but are happy to lead a group on an agreed route then contact me when the details of the rides are released. In the past people have been great in helping out and hopefully this will continue.
The information for the rides will be sent to all those who have previously registered. If you don’t want to receive the information any longer then just e-mail me and I will delete your details. Anyone who wants to be added to the list then email me and I will add your details and will ensure you receive the information for each Awayday ride.
In addition to the main club awaydays there will also be a series of Short Awaydays on Sundays (details here)