Medium Plus Ride
Three stalwarts enroled for the ride; the pace was as brisk as we could manage in the pleasant but persistent breeze against us. Easingwold was welcoming with all eating establishments enjoying near capacity levels of custom, mainly of cyclists; and a table outside was soon offered and the customary fare enjoyed.
The photo shows that we were quick to explore the new corporate facilities which have appeared since my last visit to Easingwold; or has Dr. Who landed?
Our return leg soon confirmed the first law of cycling relating to wind direction and a slightly gentler pace was enjoyed, perhaps motivated by the knowledge of “that hill” on the way home. There were no mishaps and we all returned safely. Thanks Steve and Justin for a most pleasant morning’s ride. Dave S.
Medium Plus Brisk
Today saw the return of the Medium Plus Brisk Group to Hornbeam, adding a third ride to the official club rides by using the ride scheduled for the following week to avoid overcrowding. Initially we had 7 takers, which is the most awkward number for Covid groups of 6, so we split into a 4 and a 3 but then David arrived to balance two quartets. The first group headed off and our bunch of 4 followed after the appropriate wait. Our route was a hilly 47 miles, including Timble village, West End and then the Wath Lane climb after Pateley Bridge, well known for it’s gradient and drainage ditches. It was a beautiful, mostly sunny day, but there was a chill and some of the group were not on top form for assorted reasons. We stopped for coffee at the outdoor Tea Cups takeaway in Pateley with some excellent bacon sandwiches before taking on the climb and the ditches. A good day out, tough in places, but with excellent views and company – David, Helen, Andy and Vince.
Only 3 of us this morning Mike P Brian N and myself. It was Mike’s first ride since lockdown and he had slight time constraints so we adapted the proposed route to save about 5 miles. Departing Hornbeam we headed out to the show ground and on to Rudding Park. Then a right to Haggs Lane and Spofforth. With a bit of a tail wind we made good progress to Little Ribston Cowthorpe Cattal and Whixley. Coffee stop at Tancred where a cow took a liking to my handlebars and caused the locked bike to fall over. Thankfully no damage. Suitably refreshed on to Great Ouseburn and Marton. Bit of a NW wind but not enough to deter. On to Arkendale Ferrensby and home. Great ride, good weather. Thanks guys. 35 miles home to home.