Short Ride

A cool morning at the showground, and no short ride billed, so I gamely volunteered… As it turned out, only Dennis and myself were tempted.  Anyway, we set off on our plan to Goldsborough, Flaxby, Arkendale, Scotton, Nidd and Ripley.  The traffic gods smiled on us as the A59 was empty and the little roads likewise. We took the right fork at Coneythorpe for a change, passing close by the incinerator.  I must admit, it was all I could do to keep up with Dennis as he had Sunday lunch in his sights, but we had a great morning out, parting at Bilton Lane. Brian N


Medium Ride

It felt wintry again this morning on the way to the Show ground with a bitter wind, and I was hoping the promise of sunshine later would fulfil itself. Announcements were made, groups gathered by different lamp-posts, and I found myself with eight riders for the Medium ride to Otley. We split into two groups of four and made our way via Kirkby Overblow, Dunkeswick,  Castley and Pool. Everyone met up again at the designated cafe in the park at the bottom of Farnley Lane, but, unfortunately, it was closed. The gallant Mike Clark led us on a recce through the town and we settled on a salubrious take out from Gregg’s and a seat opposite on some benches in the sunshine.  Then it was the climb back up Farnley Lane, Lindley and onto Brackenthwaite Lane and homewards. Thanks to all for your good company. A lovely Spring ride.

About 30 miles and 2,400 feet of climbing. Monica W.



Medium Plus Steady

Eight takers for the Medium Plus Steady ride today on a morning that surpassed my miserable weather forecast. Still, a bit nippy but no frost and plenty of sunshine by the time we got to Ferrensby. Too early for a cafe stop first time into Boroughbridge so carried on to Great Ouseburn where we stopped at the village hall for a coffee for some of us from bike coffee seller. Unfortunately wasn’t a quick stop as the car park was busy with dog walkers and parents with children. Off to Myton via Alwark and then back to Boroughbridge for the second visit. Sat outside in the sunshine at Chez Nous for refreshments and then had to work a bit harder into a strengthening breeze back home. Good company, thanks to all. 50 miles at 12.5 mph. Steve B.