Short Ride

It was great to welcome two new riders, a second timer and a returner to the Wheel Easy eighteenth anniversary day of rides. We split in to two groups and many thanks to Joe, Geraldine, Brian, Diane and Barbara who together corralled their group to our coffee destination at Horticap. Dennis of course sped home to his Sunday lunch, while the rest of us enjoyed sitting outside at Horticap. Apologies if I have left someone out and I have a red water bottle which was left on the table of the first group. (Just a test to see who reads the ride reports!)
The sun shone as it needed to after a run of poor weather and the route whilst it has some hilly sections is very scenic and spectacular.
Our group of nine, Gia, Malcolm, Paul, Kevin, Annette, Robin, Nick, Mel, Rachel negotiated the roads, crossings and hills enjoyed meeting new people, we discussed the “correct” way to make a cup of tea and pondered whether this ride could be described as a short gentle ride. It was shortish, 22 miles, gentle with the pace, but perhaps a tad hilly for someone who had not tackled the climbs before. But we did it together and well done to Rachel who made it round in great spirit and thank you to everyone who looked after each other as per the Wheel Easy Way. Gia

Medium Steady

Most people seemed keen on going to York today: There were just six of us for the medium steady ride; Mike, Fiona, Liz F, Corinne, Charlie and Roger. We had no official leader, but luckily Mike and Fiona kept us right, thank you!
We made our way to Wetherby, carefully negotiating the bank holiday hordes. Lots of families, dog walkers, and cyclists were out and about. The sun came out and there was much stripping of layers. White legs dazzled and sunglasses were required.
On reaching Whixley, Liz and I decided to swing by Steve’s house on the off chance he’d be in. But Steve had gone down to the woods today in search of a big surprise and was enjoying a walk among the bluebells with Dee. So we pedalled on to catch up with the others at Tancred Farm shop, where we enjoyed various goodies and a good chat.
We continued on through the Ouseburns and through Knaresborough, where Charlie left us while the rest of made for home via the Beryl Burton.
A lovely day, thank you everyone.

Medium Plus Steady

Given the number of riders wanting to partake in the Medium Plus ride it as decided to form three groups. To avoid “cycle congestion” on Forest Moor Road/Low Bridge I decided to leave Harrogate via Starbeck, Knaresborough, Farnham and pick up the original route at Arkendale. On the way to Great Ouseburn we picked another rider, namely Jim an EG. As the Farm Shop at Beningbrough Hall is closed we decided to take the road that skirts the Beningbrough Hall grounds.

After Overton, at the start of the cycle path to York, we met a couple from London who were doing the Way of the Roses. They kindly “volunteered” to take a photo of the group. After a friendly chat it was off to Cycle Heaven for lunch. This turned out to be Cycle Hell as it was incredibly busy. After using the conveniences we then made our way to Askham Richard for lunch. Shortly after we had arrived the other two Medium Plus Steady groups arrived. Then it was off back to Harrogate. A trio of riders from Otley overtook us, and yours truly decided to stick with them, we drafted them all the way to North Deighton. I said my good byes to the group at Little Ribston and headed home via Knaresborough. PCJ

23 takers for my ride – Peter J took a group of ten. I had a group of six and Steve B looked after group 3. A wonderful day for Cycling plenty of chatting all going well until Nick got a puncture at York. No problem the 2 Mikes soon fixed it then got on our way to the cafe at Arkham .There we all 3 groups met up. Coffee tea and food consumed outside in glorious sunshine. Set off home. Hope you all enjoyed the day and company thanks to Leaders. 57 Miles of pleasure. Yvonne did extra miles 65 and 2,444ft well done and beautiful photos. Thanks to everyone Mike W.