Wednesday Wanderers Ride

Not so many at the squash club this morning because of the various awayday rides. It did feel a bit like summer with some sunshine and a light breeze and even more importantly no rain! The choice for everyone this morning was come with me to Easingwold or do your own thing, Dennis and Karen decided against Easingwold which left eleven of us to proceed. By the time we got to Ferrensby clothing was being shed as the temperature increased niceley, we kept up a decent pace all the way to Easingwold via Aldwark and Alne and all squeezed onto one table outside the OliveTree cafe in the sunshine. The staff there were very cheerful and we all got our food at the same time which I thought was quite impressive, everyone seemed happy with the fare, the conversation flowed, obviously nothing to serious. We returned via Thornton bridge and Boroughbridge keeping up the pace as before. Geoff left us at Sandy bank and we all went our separate ways from the golf club. Thanks to everyone for the great company, a big thankyou to Colin for doing an excellent sweeping job. I did 46 miles at 13 mph. Steve B.

Medium Plus Brisk Awayday Ride

Starting at Asygarth Falls car park the group of eight headed north & then west on a dry but slightly chilly morning. After 10 miles we diverted down to Hawes for tea & cake at the old railway station – getting fuel onboard for the coming climb. As we set off the temperature was rising nicely & the climb up Buttertubs was fabulous – warm, no wind, great views & other than the odd section, surprisingly easy on the legs. All the while we were being passed by what must be the Belgian MGB owners club on their annual jaunt. Swiftly down we turned east, diverted off up a bugger of a hill [for no reason whatsoever – Ed], made our way through a herd of meandering cows, past Reeth and onto the Dales Bike Centre for lunch outside in full sunshine – marvellous. We may have completed the big climbs but the remainder of the route back remained “undulating” to give the legs a good work out for the day. 47 miles – 4,100 ft and a fabulous day out finished off with ale in Asygarth Falls Hotel beer garden. Tall Tim

June Awayday Ride

June Awayday

June Awayday and we headed slightly further afield but well worth it for the excellent day’s cycling round North Lincolnshire, starting and ending with the spectacular Humber Bridge. Twelve of us set out from the country park at the north end of the crossing in two groups, varying slightly in composition throughout the day, but nonetheless working well. Conditions were perfect for a day’s cycling and the light winds particularly appreciated on the cycle path along the side of the bridge. Once over the bridge we were quickly onto quiet lanes through flat countryside and made good pogress to an early coffee stop at Ulceby, pausing only to admire the 14th century brickwork and grand design of the Thornton Abbey Gatehouse. Heading south again into deepest Lincolnshire the terrain became a bit more undulating, increasingly so as we swung north-westwards before a good descent down to Elsham Hall where we stopped for lunch. The day’s main climb followed shortly thereafter taking us to about 300ft and onto a ridge which we followed for several miles with great views over the Trent valley to the west. Turning eastwards again the bridge and estuary came back into view and remained with us for the 5 mile gentle descent to Barton-upon-Humber, leaving the final 2 miles back across the bridge to complete the day’s cycling. A very enjoyable day out seemed to be the general conclusion; great conditions, good company and an excellent and not too taxing route of about 44 miles and 1700ft. Thanks to all and especially to Terry S. for arranging the whole thing. Doug H.