Sunday 17th November

Short Ride

Despite the weather forecast the morning was dry and the day improved for a short ride around the lanes. Six of us set off to Beckwithshaw, over the Moor and past the Sun Inn, Kettlesing and then down to Hampsthwaite. The big surprise was how much more rain had come down in the night and was pouring off the fields in many places causing flooded sections of road.

At Sophie’s Cafe we sat down to enjoy a nice morning snack and the ride leader introduced everyone to the delights of mocha coffee. For the uninitiated, this is a mixture of coffee and hot chocolate, the perfect winter drink. After many “oooo.. nice” sounds, we returned home via Killinghall and Knox Village. 22 miles with the day brightening up. Martin W

Medium-plus Ride

Relatively few riders today. Whether it was the fear of one of Liz F ‘infamous’ hilly rides or the overcast skies and wet roads at 9.30 I’m not sure. If it was either of those concerns you need not have worried. Liz had chosen a flat ride to Benningborough and the skies brightened up as the ride progressed.

Once the faster group had departed, ten of us went on our way to Knaresborough and Farnham. For some reason Margaret shot off towards Minskip instead of following the road to Arkendale where the nine of us waited. Sending Mike W off in pursuit of Margaret and a quick phone call restored order and we headed for Marton and Great Ouseburn. Margaret was not having a good day as she tried to by pass Aldwark Bridge as I shouted at her. A U turn by her and we were back on route.

Through Linton-on-Ouse and on to Benningborough farm shop. Suitably refreshed we departed only to have five of us going one way and five the other through the estate exit system. Thankfully we re-grouped at Newton-on-Ouse but had to wait for Mike W who had retraced his route to find the other group. He duly returned.

The excitement of the day was over as we headed back to Aldwalk, Little Ouseburn and Whixley. Safely negotiating the A59 it was on to Cattal and Hunsingore. The skies had brightened up and the roads drying out. On to Little Ribston where I departed for Knaresborough while the rest headed for Spofforth and home. Great ride , great company. Thank you. 44 miles. Colin

Fast Ride

The weather forecast did not look to promising but despite this eight men true and strong turned up for the medium Plus ride to Beningbrough. On the way out we bumped into an erstwhile member, Geoff Morgan, who commented “you guys are bit faster than normal”.

Ego fully restored on we pressed at a decent pace to the now, VERY rickety Aldwark Bridge, an accident waiting to happen me thinks. The much anticipated rain hadn’t arrived and we pressed on towards the farm shop, when coffee was not taken and we added a loop on the back of Beningbrough. Our cyclo cross skills were tested somewhat on the muddy and pot hole strewn roads. One to definitely to avoid in the winter in future.

Back over the Bridge and onto Tancred Farm for our stop. Those who had a bacon sarnie were the winners, they could feed an army.

By now it was pretty decent weather considering and with no wind, the only couple of little bumps left to climb on way home were Follifoot and the showground hill. Nice steady ride many thanks to my fellow riders Darcy, Fred Grant, Dave R, Dave W, Paul, Mark C. Guessing on miles as no computer approx 45 I think. Mark T.

Additional Ride

Fancying a hilly ride I suggested an alternative route but only Gia and Richard left Hornbeam to meet up with me at the top of Grainbeck Lane. The route took us to  Hampsthwaite, Clapham Green, Menwith Hill Road, Greenhow Hill Road, onto Reservoir Road and over Thruscross to the coffee stop at Flock to the Fold Cafe. The cafe has only been open a few weeks and it’s worth a visit. I’ve been a few times and they certainly welcome cyclists.

After an excellent coffee and scone we turned right at the farm entrance and continued a few miles to Duck Street / Redlish Road. From there we turned left onto Braithwaite Lane through Padside, Thornthwaite and back to Menwith Hill, Clapham Green, Hampsthwaite and home. It’s a 35 mile route with great views all the way. Thanks Gia and Richard for your company making it an excellent ride. .