Short Ride

Nine of us set off down the hill towards Sainsbury’s and beyond. By the time we reached Scotton we were down to six for various good reasons. So it was time to take a photo before Bob left us to return to Harrogate.  Our keen but depleted group continued towards Brearton before taking the road through Nidd Village and on to Ripley for well deserved refreshment. Caroline and Monica decided to go visiting from there so that left leader Mike and the energetic Kevin and Anna to return along the Greenway.  20 plus splendid miles completed by those who went the course. All good fun. Mike P.

Medium Ride Up the Nidd Valley.

 The Famous Five set off for Pateley with a forecast of a sunny morning. Well they got that one wrong!  Cloudy, mild and dry was a very acceptable alternative and as we were all on different forms of ebike we sailed along.  It is fair to say that the route planning was a matter of “work in progress “ and after some pleasant lanes around Darley and Thornthwaite, including Gia’s favourite Dairy Lane, we arrived in Summerbridge to try a cafe new to us all. This is the one with the “Ham and Eggs” sign that many of us have passed hundreds of times in the last 40 years!  It was enjoyable rather than amazing with good scores for a nice cafetière of coffee. Then it was homeward via Stripe Lane, Burnt Yates and the Greenway. Five of us cycled and three of us still owe James for coffee and scones.  A pleasant ride and quite economical for some! Martin W.

Medium Plus Steady – Group 1

 The Medium Plus Steady ride was oversubscribed, so yours truly was co-opted into the role of leader. Leaving the Showground and heading for Knaresborough the group split up due to the traffic signals at Woodlands corner. After re-grouping at Low Bridge seven of us (Tim’s x 2, Peter’s x2, Sarah, Yvonne and Alastair) set off on a straightforward ride as per Route 183. We even followed the small diversion at Myton-on-Swale to the bridge for a photo shoot. Eventually, we arrived at Boroughbridge for refreshments and were fortunate to get a table inside at Plenty’s. Almost at the same time as we were departing Tim L’s group turned up, great timing. On reaching the outskirts of Knaresborough there was some discussion as to the correct route, it was quickly resolved and we headed back to Harrogate. Thanks to everyone for a chilly but pleasant ride. Just over 43 miles and 1,404ft. PCJ

Medium Plus Steady – Group 2

A good many riders set out on Route 183 with Peter Jackson heading the first group. The second group set off on a day with no wind & 100% cloud – not a bad day for February but not the warmth (or the sun) suggested in some of the weather forecasts. The alpacas were out for a walk at Aldwark before a stop in front of the duck pond at Tholthorpe followed by a visit to the bridge & battle site at Myton on Swale. And the first sightings of this year’s lambs for a number of riders. All this delayed our arrival at Boroughbridge to perfection as it gave the first group ample time to drink & eat & then vacate a table in Plenty for the second group. A standard return journey via Knaresborough. Although we “lost” Steve at Boroughbridge, we gained Richard Leake & Peter Lawley at Plenty so more “came home” than “went out”. Marvellous. 40.9 miles. Tall Tim