New Year’s Ride – Wetherby

After carefully considering where there might be cafes open eight of us headed in the Wetherby direction and by coincidence collected a ninth rider (Paul B) in Kirkby Overblow, who thought he would have a nice quiet ride with his own thoughts until he encountered us. He did however keep us company as far as Linton and then took off on his own again. Regrettably in the meantime Sarah E-M had a broken chain, but was able to call out John’s “Search & Rescue” and even managed a coffee whilst waiting! Despite dissension in some of the ranks who were all for heading straight into Wetherby the leadership prevailed and we headed round Collingham and up Jewitt Lane to Bramham by which time the dissension was too much to resist and we headed down the cycle path into the nearest cafe which happened to be Nero. A fairly direct route back was then the order of the day through Spofforth and Follifoot and despite a couple of short showers we had a good morning out doing just under 40 miles in good company. Happy New Year to everyone!  James G

Mishmash New Year’s Eve Ride

Cracking good weather considering the previous few days – we even had the sight of a golden object in the sky at times. Swift progress following much of Route 183 was made to the Ouseburns despite the large amount of standing water and then round to Boroughbridge & the new café that wasn’t as busy as expected. After that Navah & Clive cut off towards Minskip & the standard way home. Rob, Young Tim & Yvonne went on a loop out to Cundall to add some more distance on what was a rather benign weather day. And then on to Skelton & Ripon. Rob & Yvonne hit the Littlethorpe Road with (reports of possible flooding at Bishop Monkton) whilst Young Tim went off in search of some more miles via Fountains etcetera.


Medium Plus Steady

Last ride of 2023 and the morning was dry, calm and even some blue skies. Mike W came up with a suggested route as Aldwark bridge is still closed. Five of us in our group, Alison, Gordon, a clutch of Mike’s and me. Steady progress to Bishop Monkton but no way through to Roecliffe as the road was flooded. So back to Littlethorpe and the racecourse to Boro’bridge. The Hideaway café was open and we were served swiftly, the two Mikes were bonding over kitchen fitting in the 70’s and 80’s while the rest of us discussed more mundane subjects! We returned via the Dunsforths and Great Ouseburn without further trouble. Good ride and great company, 42 miles for me @ 12 mph. Steve B.