Wheel Easy organises regular monthly ‘Awaydays’ from March to October giving the opportunity to cycle many of the parts of North Yorkshire and beyond not normally reached from the Harrogate Showground. The Awaydays generally cater for the Medium category in the regular weekly club rides, but we like to make a day of it and all are welcome. The only requirement is to get yourself and your bike to the start point (usually a public car park) although we try to help those who do not have transport to get a lift.

Please read on in the paragraphs below for more information on the main Awaydays programme. For those keen to ride at a brisk pace or to do shorter routes there are also Brisk and Short Awaydays, run along similar lines, organised on a more informal basis:

Awayday Format

The Awaydays take place once a month between March and October, usually on the third Wednesday, and each is a full day out with lunch and often a morning coffee stop. We meet up at the starting point, generally within 1 to 1.5 hours drive from Harrogate, and set off in groups on the selected route (offers of volunteer group leaders are always gratefully received). The routes are usually around 35/40 miles and between 2000ft to 3000ft of climbing over the day.

For 2024 the ride information for each Awayday will be posted on this web-page (rather than via an email distribution) at the latest by the end of the previous month. To sign up, simply send an email, as in previous years, to , with confirmation also by email. The rides are limited to 24 riders, split into 2 or 3 groups and places are booked on a ‘first come first served’ basis. If over-subscribed a reserve list will be maintained.

The existing email distribution list will be still be used but for 2024 this will only be to provide a reminder that the information is available on the web-page and ‘booking’ is open. You don’t need to have ‘signed up’ for the distribution list but if you wish to be added to receive the reminder, then please send an email to . As in 2023 there will also be a notice in the monthly Wheel Easy Newsletter.

Routes

The success of the Awaydays programme is down to the volunteers who plan and test out the routes. We have had many great rides planned by Club Members and we are always looking for people to offer to plan and lead a ride, or simply to suggest a favourite area that you would recommend. We are happy to help with planning etc. and can help sorting out the route details, publishing the information on the web-page and organising group leaders. If you’d like to suggest a route then please send an email to .

If you do have a favourite area in mind then the chances are that we have already been there. Previous routes can be found in the Awaydays Archive which provides a rich seam of tried and tested Awayday routes.

2024 Programme

The programme for the 2024 season is taking shape and the table below, showing dates for 2024, will be updated as details are finalised throughout the season. A link in the table will be active when ride details are available.

DateRouteStart Length/Climb
March 20thMasham to LeyburnMasham32 miles / 2300ft
April 17thMasham to CatterickMasham37 miles / 1700ft
May 15th
June 19th
July 17th
August 21st
September 18th
October 16th

Contact

I hope the above information is clear but if you have any query or want to offer help then please contact me, Doug Higgins, via e-mail: