Challenge Ride Sunday

As last year, we have decided to create a separate gallery page so you can really enjoy all the photos from the Challenge Rides.

We will be updating the gallery as new photos come in so keep re-visiting the 2024 Gallery here

40 Mile Challenge Ride

Two groups undertook the short ride with our paths crossing at the tea stop at Aldborough.
Leaving knaresborough was not without incident for the second group due to a dog. A bit shaken and with some lovely bruises developing Geraldine said she felt ok to continue and we set off again.  Arriving in Aldborough we were met by the refreshment team – thank you to all of you for your hospitality. An incident free return journey saw the second group make good progress as we returned to the hockey club.
Thank you to Steve, John, James and everyone behind the scenes for making it a good day out. JJ.

Cheetahs’ Ride

Here are the Cheetahs & Donkeys at the Hockey Club about to set off on the 100 mile challenge ride.

100 Mile Challenge Ride – All Downhill From Here

We were well named – nearly first off the mark and definitely last to finish.  But weren’t we lucky with the weather ?  Even when it rained, it rained round us and not on us.  We seemed to find it easier to ride as two pairs rather than a four, with the two e-bikes each paired with a pushbike for much of the time, but never far apart.  The winter barley was ripening, the spring barley still green, sugar beet looked OK and a few fields of maize doing well but rather behind where it should be.  It’ll catch up.  Harvest isn’t until everything else is cleared, in November.

It all went well until Coxwold, where the village hall was securely locked.  By the time the keys arrived all the other 100s had left and the 60s were arriving.  Our stalwart welcoming party fed us well – in the street !  But yours truly wanted a warm drink, John C took the chance to charge his battery, so we two left for Snape about half an hour after Eric and Terry.  That’s where we caught them – at the table.  I tried to finish the pork pies but failed.

Eric and I rode together to the Deer Park, but I still had a full battery and decided not to waste it.  The afterburners went on and I arrived back about 20 minutes ahead.  8 hours 30.  Let’s say steady…

Many, many thanks to everyone who planned, fed and supported us.  It was a great day. MC.

100 Mile Challenge Ride – Tour de Force

What a grand day out ! And what a challenge !  Frankly the early start was quite a big challenge in itself, but Tim2, Dave E, Debbie S and Yvonne duly lined up for the pre-ride sleepy photo and set off under fantastic cloudy skies that held their contents all day. An especial big thank you to the Challenge Ride committee and volunteers for arranging the dry day, the great route maps, the friendly welcomes and encouragement at feed stations, the food (the home-made cakes were sooo good !) and the general cheeriness of a day out on bikes with friends for an excellent charity.

Fortunately I had successfully downloaded the route map so we could share the lead with some directions shouted ahead and some shouted behind,  though someone kept confusing ‹ left › with ‹ straight on › so a few extra meters were added here and there ! We arrived at Aldborough ahead of schedule, setting a fair pace to keep warm, then took the back lane through the Great Ouseburn morning dog dawdlers to cross the lovely Aldwark Bridge and on to Easingwold.  Here we ignored all temptation for a  pause-café and hit the outer slopes of the Howardian hills to Coxwold but alas the door was locked and the kettle cold ! Nevertheless, we had a lovely welcome from the volunteers and a chat with the other groups coming and going with sandwiches and cake al fresco.  And so we progressed up to Byland Abbey, passing through the wood craftsmen villages of Hambleton, industrial Dalton, then alongside the pretty Swale at Catton on a long road to our third stop at Snape and a most welcome cup of tea !  Thinking we must get ahead of potential showers, we pushed on through Well and the Tanfields, swooshing down to Ripon and crawling up the drive at Studley Royal all the slower to admire the deer of course, knowing we had to conserve a little energy for How Hill.  Duly accomplished, it was not quite all downhill home as we still had Dole Bank after Markington and a chain to put back on, but finally there we were on the Greenway and a nice welcome from everyone at the Hockey Club finish line.  Thanks to fellow Tour de Force members for great company and tenacity ! Yvonne D.