Medium Brisk Ride
Eight set out from the showgrounds for the Medium Brisk(ish) ride on Sunday, 12 June, 2022: Debbie (aka Rachel), Steve (aka Mark), Chris (aka Tim), Tim (aka… Tim), Stephen, Sarah, and Clive. Wait, that’s only seven. Oh, and Navah. That’s eight. It was a surprisingly nice morning, and once we caught the tailwind around Kearby, the going was easy. There was a little left-versus-right action, and some discussion of a detour which was quashed, but for the most part the octet did well together. Then we got to the easternmost point at Tockwith, and that lovely tailwind turned into a strong, gusty headwind. Navah was quite taken by the flags on display in front of the prison and stopped to take a photo, much to the consternation of Sarah who was worried that someone would take offense (or offence, to some of you), but no one came out to yell. Everyone was happy to reach Wetherby part two and stop at The Gourmet, but the sun had disappeared and it was chilly enough for everyone to be happy to start moving again after some lovely tea, coffee, and cakes. We did take a detour at that point to avoid the likely mucky off-road path out of Wetherby. Chris peeled off somewhere before Harrogate to take an alternate route home, and seven climbed that final awful hill up to the showgrounds to finish. 38 miles and about 1900 feet of climbing. -Navah L.
Medium Steady Ride
Blustery day but no complaints from a grand group of 8 riders who pedalled hard into the head wind on the return flight home. We took off through Kirkby Blownover, taking the railway path from Wetherby and headed to Tockwith where Brian left us. Tim 2, Kevin, Dave, Sally, David, Jonie & I followed the runways East, passing a fine steam traction engine – this was actually Route 32a as I included a little déviation to Rufforth for our pause-café at The Old School; benches and bike parking at the rear, friendly service with good refreshments, perhaps a little slow but then it does also serve as the community shop. Whilst waiting, we discussed the latest political diversion and affirmed that we were indeed bilingual in Imperial and Metric, so no need for a retro law. We banked right onto Mill Lane out of Rufforth, then Atterwith Lane took us to the Marston Moor monument for the obligatory group photo where Tom, a passing Harrogate cyclist, volunteered to take it and then cycled with us as far as Cattal. Just before Hunsingore, Dave’s rear tyre found a thorn, which he and Kevin dealt with pretty efficiently and we resumed the flight path to Walshford, braving overgrown nettles and brambles to reach Ox Close Lane. Feet on the throttles as we headed up Follifoot and Rudding Park back to the showground to complete 45-48 miles and over 2,000 ft elevation. Thanks for nice company and special merit to newcomer Jonie on a borrowed bike who rose to the challenge splendidly. Yvonne D.
Medium Plus Steady Ride
Medium Plus – Steady Ride PCJ’s Group
The Medium Plus Steady was as usual oversubscribed, so after some cajoling and bargaining two groups formed up and we left the Showground. We then headed off to the Green Way where we picked up another two riders. On the Green Way there was nearly a coming together of bikes as we had to take evasive action to avoid a runaway dog. Although the published ride route calls for a refreshment stop at Fountains, the leader decided this was far too early to stop. The ride then proceeded to Aldfield and High Grantley. On leaving High Grantley the leader informed the group to take the next left to Laverton, but when it came to the turning the three leading riders went straight on. On reaching Laverton the three rejoined the group and it was on to Kirkby Malzeard. On the narrow lane leaving the village we were confronted with a traffic jam, involving one large four wheel vehicle and a car. With suitable encouragement and guidance by ourselves we managed unblock the road. Although there was a market on in Masham and it was very busy we managed to get seated at the Bordar Cafe. The return journey was uneventful with everyone agreeing to abandon the published route and return via Knaresborough to avoid the blustery headwinds. PCJ