Wednesday Ride

Ten riders opted for the Wednesday ride which was a circuit to Wetherby via North Rigton and Dunkeswick.  We settled into our stride but David had a puncture on Pannal Ash Road and being near home opted to return to base to undertake the repair with a promise of joining us in Wetherby for coffee ( which he duly did).  Paul T joined us at Beckwithshaw to increase the numbers and we then turned to undertake the steep climb to North Rigton and on to Almscliffe Crags. The group had split into a slightly brisker and steady group as we descended into Weeton and onto Dunkeswick. We then made our way to Sicklinghall and then onto Wetherby for coffee where the brisker group were sitting outside enjoying the “fine’ weather.  After coffee and food we set off back home with the clouds gathering and rain threatening to arrive at any minute. At Little Ribston the group split with the brisker group heading off to Spofforth and the Showground and the steady group heading to Knaresborough. As it was National ‘Take James Home’ Day we needed to ensure he made it back! 

Having delivered James safely home Paul headed through Town and Kevin and Gia went to the Market Square to see the Council’s stall consulting on future transport plans-that’s dedication! From there it was Knaresborough Hill and Bogs Lane to home for the two of them and, despite the dark skies not one rain shower during the whole ride!  Thanks to James for the route (via his house) and everyone for their company. Approx 35 miles Kevin

Wednesday Wanderers Ride

This ride was designed as a bit of a warm-up for the upcoming Challenge Rides. The total distance was just 34.4 miles and the climbing 2100 ft or 640m.  Thirteen of us set off in 2 groups with a rather iffy forecast. It turned out to be a good day for cycling – good temperature, not much wind and only about 2 minutes of drizzle.  This route included several fast “downs” interspersed with several challenging “ups”. We went along the Greenway and regrouped at Ripley with Mike Pyle being collected along the way. Then to Hampsthwaite over the closed bridge which is easily passable on a bike. Through Tang, past Birstwith Hall, almost to Kettlesing and up Sleights Lane. The downhill into Darley was as much fun as always. Then we went up Stripe Lane to Brimham Rocks and on to G&Ts. We came the direct route back to Ripley which involved climbing Hebden Bank where 2 of us had to get off and walk – perhaps we’ll go via Fountains next time. 

As always the Yorkshire countryside did us proud. What more can you want than a day out with a lovely group of people in those surroundings. Steve W