EG’s Ride (Faster Section)
After an appreciable period of indecision, science was introduced to the group, and after analysis of the various weather forecasts was discussed and considered, Benningborough Hall Farm Shop was selected for the break fast stop (taken at elevenses time). A main group, a following group, and a few riders in between the two set off into the Noreasterly wind via Ferrensby. I was in the lead group and we were soon rattling along at a fair old lick. At Marton, we were unceremoniously passed by a couple of guys on electric bikes, who, it turned out, had defeated the governors on their machines to give them a higher cruising speed. Did I say cruising? We had to blow our brains out to get on the back of them again, some of us questioning the wisdom of giving chase at all. Fortunately they turned off in the Upper Dunsforth direction and normal service was resumed.
Benningborough Hall was reached in about an hour, when the next dilemma made its appearance. There was a rumour, too strong to resist by some, that if you went to the cafe at the Hall itself, and if you ordered a meal, you got a free cup of tea. This was too much for some of the lads and the group split for refreshment.
Service at the Farm was swift and pleasant, with discussion about the hero of The Wizard comic, The Great Wilson. Turns out the waitress new all about him too; she didn’t look old enough.
Whistles having been wet, and a suitable welcome having been made to the following group who were just arriving, we entered a further period of indecision regarding the next section of our route. In frustration (and exasperation at the lack of a sufficiently detailed map), we set off without a proper plan. This deficiency was soon highlighted when we reached the end of the road and some of our group turned towards Tollerton. We had only gone 100m when the realisation set in that this was a long and uninteresting road, resulting in six riders turning round for York. Chris and Colin carried on. Hope it worked out well for you boys.
The cycle track into York had been cleared of flood debris, and we had a look at the Scarborough Bridge, which looks to be nearing completion.
The garden centre cafe at Askham Richard was our destination for excellent fare, even though the wait was a bit lengthy. It was pleasant enough sitting out in the now pretty hot sunshine and enjoying that Yorkshire tradition; telling the tale.
Departure was down the “Road closed to cyclists, horses and pedestrians” route, we having first confirmed that no one was wearing any club identity.
A fast return ensued during which colleagues branched off to their various homes.
Thanks to Marvin, Geoff, Dave W, Dave P, and Pete for your excellent company and a lovely day out. Dave S.
EG’s Ride (Mature Section)
EG’s C Team Ride (Colin and Chris)
Wednesday Wanderers Ride
Despite the reduced numbers at Hornbeam (because of the Away Day), there seemed to be dozens (well, more than 20…) opting for the Wanderers’ ride to Tadcaster on a day which promised to get warmer and sunnier. Michael knew the route and kindly offered to lead a faster group, and off they went. Mike S (Michael’s brother-in-law) also offered to lead a second sub-group, and off they went, leaving 9 of us to make up the third sub-group. We had agreed to meet up at the Station Yard in Wetherby. We picked up Paul B on the route through Burn Bridge, Walton Head Lane, Kirby Overblow and Sicklinghall, but failed to find Angela R at Kearby. (She had, in fact, joined the first sub-group.) In Wetherby we met the second sub-group at the Station Yard, but at least five riders decided to leave us at that point, including Tall John, Dennis, Marion, Barbara and Max. We continued as one sub-group through Wetherby and along the cycle path towards Bramham, but taking the well-surfaced road to the west of the A1 rather than the cycle path on the east. Brian had problems with his rear brake, but he coped well with having essentially no rear brake for the rest of the ride. The road on to Tadcaster was pleasantly quiet, and the weather continued to improve. Back from Tadcaster via Wighill and Thorpe Arch, where the first of our sub-groups was just leaving the café as we arrived, but they had not gone to Tadcaster! As Paul B was with us, the conversation over refreshments in the sunshine was erudite and edifying, varying from blue-blooded spiders to the niceties of the periodic table. Back to Wetherby and along the Harland Way to Spofforth, Follifoot and Rudding, but only Geraldine and I were left to the joys of the Showground Hill. About 39 miles. CPS
Wednesday Wanderers Fast Ride
On a beautiful morning there were lots of people for Joe’s ride so I volunteered to take a fast group. We sailed along to Bramham, then Clifford, Boston Spa, Thorp Arch village then cafe stop at Trading Estate, early coffee. Sorry Joe, misunderstood standing, should have gone to Tadcaster. Came out of cafe, Geraldine and group turned up, took photographs. To make up for my misunderstanding we decided to go Tockwith, Cattal, Whixley, Marton, Arkendale, Farnham, Scriven then up Knaresborough Hill. We had a lovely ride on a perfect day. Thanks for great company. 45 miles, 2136 feet climbing, at average speed of 13.62 mph. Mike Wills
The Awayday left the Long Ride rather depleted leaving only yours truly, Graham and Nick, a new boy who is in training for a charity ride to Germany, as the only takers. With no clear idea of where we were going, we headed off to Tadcaster via the usual route of Rudding Park, Spofforth, Little Ribston, Cowthorpe and Wighill. After being suitably refreshed at The Lemon Tree we meandered towards York going through Bolton Percy, Acaster Selby, and joining The Planets cycle path near Naburn. Now it was on to Askam Richard but horror of horrors the road was closed to everyone including cyclists. There followed an even more meandering route through Catterton and Healaugh back to Wetherby. A bit of confusion arose about the exact route back to Harrogate but everyone arrived back safe and sound. PCJ
Awayday Ride Grimwith
The coffee-break cruisers (photograph of us all, thanks to a helpful passer-by, with Malham Tarn in the background…..
The consensus was to take coffee in Kettlewell, which (almost) prepared us for the haul out of Littondale…..(I was walking too)
Past Malham Tarn, and Malham Cove, with Belted Galloways….
To lunch at the excellent Farm Shop Cafe at Airton (Malham was like Hampstead Heath on a Bank holiday)
Then the usual slog through Winterburn, Hetton, Cracoe, Thorpe and Burnsall back to the cars at Grimwith.
Plus points….the weather…what a day! The scenery! Signs of spring everywhere.
Minus points..universal realisation that “scenic” is Colin-speak for hilly…..and Cycle.travel appears to be telling us porkies….1100 metres climbing? Surely more than that!
My wing-man, Kevin…..was missed. Take it easy and come back fighting CT
8 riders scheduled but 1 in Italy, 1 protested and 1 in Grassington so 5 set out from Grimwith on a morning of promise. Spring was in the air. Terry duly joined us at Grassington and we headed for Kettlewell . Coffee stop eschewed and so on to Arncliffe and the main business of the day up Brootes lane. Superb tarmac and a tail wind helped to make light of the climb. Then a puzzle – coming from Malham a big artic – surely it couldn’t cross the little bridge and the hairpin beyond? We never found out.
Views of Malham cove then Airton farm shop – talk of tandems and icy descents in Spain. Terry left us at Hetton where Eric felt obliged to adjust the signage for the cycle route. Just Hartlington Raikes to overcome, the party again declining sustenance at Burnsall.
There is something about cats and bad luck. Tim had to deliver the grim news of Sparky’s demise to his owners, having found his body in the road. A suitable omen for the last climb back to the car park.
Thanks to those who rode with me though I think a leader was surplus to requirements! Andy A
Awayday Ride Grimwith B Team
For views and weather, this ride will be hard to beat. If ever you want to show a visitor the best parts of Yorkshire, just drive them round this route – which Allen has already put on the website as route 233.
9 of us left Grimwith reservoir on a cold-ish morning and 9 of us arrived back on a hottish afternoon. The back road from Grassington to Kettlewlell gave us a false impression of an easy ride. Unlike others, we resisted the temptation of coffee at Kettlewell.
Then to Arncliffe and up and over to Malham – a rewarding climb which most cycled up. The crags above Malham Cove were looking great in the sunshine – as did everywhere.
After a good lunch at Airton, we set off on the flat bit back to Grimwith. Who said it was flat? Undulating doesn’t even cover it.
We had deserved an ice cream at Burnsall but, tragedy, not one was to be had in the whole village so we settled for a mug of tea. Then we decided to photo bomb a wedding on the grass near the bridge and thought better of it at the last minute (you can just see them in the background).
We will forget about the long climb up Hardisty Raikes and back to Grimwith but overall it was an unforgettable ride.
I’ll agree with James that it was around 41 miles and 1270 metres. Thanks to everyone for their photos. Steve W