Short Ride

The medium ride to points north tempted away some potential short riders, leaving just three of us to figure out a route; Dennis,  new Dave (2nd time out with WE I understand)  and myself.  Initial thoughts of Wetherby were replaced by the classic Goldsborough,  Flaxby, Arkendale, Lingerfield loop. The road closure at Goldsborough was skirted round – no digging on Sunday!  Safely over the A59, and for a change we took the little fork on the right at Coneythorpe along the side of the A1M to Arkendale. A banana break at the Ferrensby duck pond (where another WE Dave stopped for a chat) and then a quiet run back through Lingerfield and Scriven. Dennis & Dave headed back via Bilton Hall, and I via Waterside.  20 miles on the clock and a smile on every face. Brian N


Medium Steady Ride

Ten riders today.  The route was Markington Bishop Monkton Littlethorpe Copt Hewick, Marton le Moor,  Kirkby Hill and Boroughbridge.  The weather was glorious, I only got lost once and we had our lunch break at Plenty at Boroughbridge.  Steve W went straight home but everyone else sat in the Plenty garden for a rest and refuel, eventually going home via Minskip and Staveley.  Thank you all for your company.  I had done 42miles when I got home.  Liz P


Medium-plus Steady Ride

Not many cyclists out today- maybe the heat had something to do with it? Anyway, six lovely ladies and David W decided to come with me to Masham. David peeled off at Ripon and we stopped at St Mary Magdalen’s for our official photographer- Yvonne to take a picture.

Hutton bank, Wath, Thornborough and into Snape where the group photo was taken. I was looking for the date slice! We arrived in Masham and managed to get a table at Johnny Baghdad’s for some lovely toasted sandwiches.

As we climbed out of Masham up Swinton Road the temperature had definitely increased but we were rewarded with a lovely descent, past the Himalayan gardens into Grewlthorpe. Approaching Ripon we detoured down Lark Lane and popped out to take the Littlethorpe turning and into Bishop Monkton where we dropped Jan off and filled our water bottles- again! Just the Markington climb to go, down Scarah Bank, the Greenway and home.

Great ride, lovely route but too hot 🥵 I clocked 61 miles but I know that others clocked 65 miles. Over 3,000 feet of climbing and 12.5 mph- well done Yvonne, Helen, Jan, Maris and Monica. Janet G