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This ride had everything. Six riders ably led by Yvonne, who had also planned this excellent and very scenic route, set off from the Showground with spring in our wheels. We, (Yvonne, Tim, Charlie, Peter, John and Mark) were all looking forward to some great climbing and we were not disappointed – the swoops down were exhilarating too of course. The ride had its ups and downs: up to Brackenthwaite, down to North Rigton, up to Almscliffe Crag, up to Lindley’s gate road, down to Norwood Edge and up again, down to Fewston, up to Mackenzies, and breathe. The food and drink were good, the company better, the chat ranging and the opinions of the waiter on cyclists, cycling and the Bradford to Leeds cycleway forthcoming 🙂 Duly refreshed we rode up to Menwith Hill Road, down to Birtswith, up Clint Bank, down to Shaw Mills, up to Bishop Thornton, down to Ripley, and home. A great ride in great company on a great day with great bluebells on show – not the only things on show though because two of us had our legs out for the first time this year! 69.39km/43.1mi (grr wish I’d ridden up the street and back!) and 1,115mtrs/3658ft elevation for me. John C.

Wanderers Ride

There were twenty takers for the Wanderers ride today so we split in to three groups. A big thank you to Mike W for stepping up to take one group, while Liz F and Corinne lead the other two.
We made our way down the Greenway to Ripley, up the mountain that is Scarah Bank and on to Fountains Abbey. Joe pointed out a hare looking striking against the skyline. Photos were taken by the church before the wonderful descent through the deer park. All three groups met up at Tates, where we sat outside enjoying the mild weather while we chatted over drinks and various treats. Mike Cs eyes lit up on discovering he had a double yolker in his bacon sandwich!
We skirted Ripon, and made our way through Littlethorpe, Bishop Monkton and Markington, to the Drovers crossroads, where some extended the route by looping to Shaw Mills. (Mike C left us earlier to extend his ride to Boroughbridge fuelled by his double yolker).
Back to Harrogate via Ripley where I understand two poor fellows were kidnapped by a boar and forced to drink shandy against their will. A lovely ride on a lovely day with lovely people.
Thanks everyone! Corinne and Liz x

Short Ride

5 riders in total enjoyed the short, gentle ride which took in Knaresborough, Farnham, Bishop Monkton , Burton Leonard, and back to Knaresborough. The weather was fair and for the first time this year, I was wearing my summer/fingerless gloves! Not quite as daring as the shorts, which were bravely sported by K! Most impressive!
Coffee was at the Ugly Ducking in Knaresborough, whose staff managed their usual excellent service and food orders to a grateful crowd. The journey home was via Beryl, who still manages to make us huff and puff, after all these years! SAE