Short Ride

A good turnout of 10 riders for the short/gentle ride this week. Welcome to Sarah, a new recruit, who seemed to enjoy her first trip out with Wheel Easy.
We were met with cloudy skies, as we travelled to Knaresborough, Farnham, Copgrove bridle path, Bishop Monkton, Burton Leonard and back to Knaresborough for coffee and cake etc. It was at this point that the heavens finally opened and folk quickly dispersed, either in the direction of home, or along Waterside for a well earned coffee and snack!
A pleasurable experience, as always. Thanks to Joe for volunteering and executing the back mark position, and for the group for doing their best to stick to two small riding groups, to facilitate car drivers ease of passing.  Sarah Everson

Medium Steady Brisk

The ride was just two of us today, out through Spofforth, stopping for sleeves off, a fast-undulating ride out through little Ribston, Cowthorpe to the prison cafe at Askam Richard for fresh food and a welcome pot of tea. 

Onward with very slight drizzle threatening and a slight headwind, back through Wighill, Walton to Wetherby, rain stayed off so far, through Spofforth still at a 15mph average, and up Haggs road hill onward for a 33.1m 1057ft enjoyable ride and we stayed dry!  Mike W

Wednesday Ride

With an improvement in the weather from yesterdays continual rain, the Wednesday Ride attracted seven at Hornbeam, with no one “lost” to the Showground meeting point, and a further three at Ripley and apart from a brief stop for Paul to do his civic duty and clean debris from the road we progressed uneventfully through Markington, up Western Lane and the rest of Watergate Road into Fountains. In the Deer Park the “boys” were spotted gathering with a great array antlers ready for the annual Autumn contests and a democratic decision having been taken that Tates might be a better option for a group of 10 we dropped down into their backyard. However at that point self interest took over as there was a split between those who wanted the comfort of in door seating and those preferring the fresh air!   No lasting damage to relations was done and we reassembled after coffee and eats for the team photo. Thereafter flexibility was the watchword as we dispersed in different direction to head eventually for home by different routes. Helen and Colette headed straight back, Yvonne and Tim extended towards Ripon, Copt Hewick and Boroughbridge, whilst the rest comprising Gia, Kevin, Paul, John, Steward and myself headed through Bishop Moncton, where Paul opted to turn for home via Ripley and the rest went on to Knaresborough and home. I recorded about 33 miles, one heavy but shortish shower and a generally good ride with excellent company. James G



Wednesday Wanderers

Twelve takers for the Wanderers hilly reservoirs ride today. Nicci led the first group of Karen, Corrine, Liz F, Lesley and Will. I took the second group of Margaret, Alison, Colin, Steve and Derek. 

We avoided the GYS traffic and made our way up to Little Almscliff. The rain wasn’t going to dampen our spirits. However, there was nearly mutiny in the ranks when we decided to shorten the ride after tough hills and some rain at Thruscross. 

Alison and Margaret decided to forego the coffee stop and headed back home. The remaining ten headed to the café at Darley post office where we were treated to coffee and bacon butties. We sat outside (no room inside) and Derek rescued cardboard from the skip so that we didn’t end up with soggy bottoms! 

Stunning Yorkshire scenery, over 2,500 feet of climbing and 33 miles ridden. Entertaining company as always. Bridget and Nicci