Wheel Easy 800th Ride Report

Medium Steady

Quite a chilly day today with the wind coming in from the north but that did not deter 5 riders (Jill, Mike, Brian, Dave & Tall Tim) from completing Route 17 with a good stop at Chez Nous in Boroughbridge. Our timing was excellent as the town was buzzing with cyclists & we arrived at the café seconds before two other groups. It was here that Dave (a.k.a. Joe 90) used his watch to take the group photo. It is technology or is it magic? A quick loop round Great Ouseburn before returning via Knaresborough. 35 miles in total. Tall Tim

Medium Plus Ride

An unusual ride today. We started with 6 riders, finished with 6 riders, and I think it was the same people at the start and finish! The published Medium Plus Ride (Version 2.27) was modified again as we set off and at various points on the ride and no-one should take the credit/blame for such a glorious route. We headed out on the Greenway to Ripley, up the bank and onwards to Sawley and G&Ts for out first stop of the day. (Yes, this was turning out to be a proper good ride). Suitably fuelled we headed for Grantley and up on to the moors, where the photos were taken. A lovely long swooping descent followed to near Laverton but then we went straight on to “Missies Lane”. If you have never used it you have “missied” a treat. We wound our way through the lanes to Winksley and Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre Cafe for refuelling stop #2. Finally we headed home via Markington and Ripley. 39 miles of the best of North Yorkshire scenery and company. Martin W.

 Medium Plus Steady Ride

My sincere congratulations to WE for reaching 800 rides. It was my privilege to lead a group of 8 today to celebrate the event out to Long Marston and Bilbrough. Such good progress was made that we arrived at the Askham Richard Garden cafe about 11.20. It was rammed with cyclists. So a quick discussion resulted in us giving it a miss and we would push on despite the welcoming smell of freshly cooked bacon. My apologises to John who still hasn’t eaten their and missed out on the cakes again. So on through Bilbrough Catterton and Healaugh and on to Thorp Arch for refreshments. Quick efficient service. A decision was made to stick to the published route so we departed for Wetherby Sicklinghall and Kirby Overblow. Bit of an annoying headwind over the top and patience was needed getting over the by pass. Back to Rudding and the showground. Good dry weather had prevailed. My thanks to Liz P, Steve W, Steve B, Mike W, John, Peter and Chris. Great ride . 46 miles for me. Colin B