Short Ride

Twelve split  into a 7 and a 5 with the elite 5 setting of first on this slightly modified short ride to Knaresborough, Scriven, Scotton and on to Ripley. The amended café stop was Sophie’s rather than Ripley for legal reasons. One of our number owed her money. Nuff sed.
Not much excitement except we came across a couple of Mrs Graham’s cronies who’d lost their mother hen. Hope she was found.
Sue T back-marked to Ripley then Postman Paul took over. Thanks.
Clocked 23 miles Showground to Showground. Paul B.

Medium Steady Ride

Only six of us for todays ride. Bit coolish, bit windyish, bit rainish all encountered on our ride. Lis P, Alison, Liz A, Mike W and John joined me for our venture east. Corinne was waiting at Low Bridge increasing our numbers to seven. The ride down to Little Ribston was slowed by the wind but turning into Cowthorpe Lane meant a tailwind across to Cattle. Safely encountering the A59 we crossed to Whixley , Great Ouseburn and the Dunsforths. Into Hideaway in Boroughbridge for coffee. As ever good service, intelligent(??) conversation and laughs. Duly refreshed Minskip, Staveley , Knaresborough and home. Good ride and thanks to all for your company. Summer is coming. 36 miles home to home for me. Colin B

Medium Plus Steady

Another cool windy day forecast – it must be October or June !   That explains the slightly thin but tough turnout for WE Anniversary weekend – is it 18 years now ?   No matter, 7 set out  for a long Medium Plus ride (Route 250, 57 miles) and given the westerly wind and pretty much all the climbing before lunch no-one wanted to reverse it.  Actually the wind wasn’t too interfering but the climbs were relentless reaching their peak at Hackfall Woods . I hadn’t realised how much downhill you then get in 3 miles to Masham. Prior to that one Dave turned for home – family commitments pressing.  Lunch (hot drink + cake) in Johny Baghdad’s (outside)  or Bordars (inside) and we were off again with small climbs to Thornton Watlass and then basically flat heading south home through Wath, Ripon and Knaresborough Hill to Harrogate.

Of note : the male riders were 2 Peters and 2 Daves.  We met Eric Walters near Wath on his ‘training ride’ of 73 miles a mere 10 months after Open Heart Surgery.  He simultaneously cycled and gave a full medical update without losing breath !!    Near Harrogate several riders were itching to complete 100k (62 miles) so with some canny roundabout routes we achieved their goal.

In all, a wonderful ride . A fitting tribute to WE Anniversary weekend.  Thank you to Daves, Peter, Debs, Sarah and Yvonne (honorary group photographer) and best wishes for the Challenge Rides (which will include Eric) while Dave M and I tackle LEJOG – dare I  hope for better cycling weather by then.

Peter L