On a cold, damp morning there were 9 riders who opted for the short ride (Vince, Jill, Rachel, Justine, Paul, David, Paul, Tim and Colette). Vince expertly lead the group and Colette hung out at the back. We were grateful for the hills to try and warm up a bit and generally agreed that being able to get out in January is a bonus.
By the time we got to Sophie’s there were 7 riders left and we huddled round a table and cupped our hot drinks to try and thaw out.
Just as we had warmed up, it was time to get back on our bikes. Our route back into Harrogate via Rowden Lane was new for most of the group. We braced ourselves for the final challenge – the Penny Pot climb. Vince reminded us that it was the climb of the professionals in the UCI and we all felt very pleased with ourselves when we re-grouped at the top. A very cold but enjoyable ride with a lovely group of cyclists . Colette
Medium Plus Steady Pace Ride
Eight riders for Route 137 out to Grantley via Ripon. It was chilly from the start and never seemed to warm up as the day went on. And up around Winksley there was a cold wind that wasn’t in the weather forecast. Sadly Keith Tate’s bike’s electrics were playing up. Keith battled on to G&Ts at Risplith but then Keith & Helen looked for the easiest/best way to limp home from there. Margaret, Mike, Liz1, Liz2 & Debbie carried on the published route to come back via Hampsthwaite & Knox to complete 40.9 miles & some noticeable “lumps” in the landscape. Tall Tim.