Medium Steady

Due to health and safety reasons Tim (The ride leader) decided not to ride.  I don’t blame him as it was freezing! Despite the biting cold nine of us decided to follow the route.  The first part of the ride was mostly downhill so we just got colder hands.  However, after we left Knaresborough we were able to generate some heat but I was still cold. At Ripon we decided to go to Tate’s for coffee even though it was just 11:15.  However, Tate’s were full and could not tell us how long we would have to wait. Half the group went on to Sophie’s whilst the other half went to the NT Visitors Centre as it was nearer.  The centre was warm but no bacon or sausage sandwiches! After a break we left the Visitors Centre and headed back towards Harrogate.  Mike, Liz and Roger decided to go via Ripley and the Green Way.  I went back via Hampsthwaite.  In Bilton I caught up with 2 riders from James’ group who said that Sophie’s was not too busy and there was even a group of cyclists sat outside! There are no photos as no one wanted to take off their gloves.

34.8 miles with an average speed of 12.42 mph. Gordon T.


Medium Plus

On a day when most of Wheel Easy decided to stay in bed, five hardy souls – Sarah, Mark, Andy, Tim and John – braved the near zero temperatures and made their way over to Ilkley. Joined briefly by Glynn of Leeds, they followed the conveniently reversed Route 56R so taking in the monumental Col de Askwith Moor and a delightful detour via Little Snowden Carr Road. Lots of other cyclists about and a smile and a wave from the 2015 World Road Race champion Lizzie Deignan MBE.  40 miles. Dry roads. One tiny patch of ice. And a couple of enormous egg and bacon baps courtesy of the New Brook Street deli. You lot need to toughen up. Tim S (T4)