There were 8 takers for the short ride on a bright, blustery morning, including two newcomers Tim and Ali on shiny mountain bikes. We set off with slight apprehension, as the forecast for later in the day was for strong wind and rain, but we managed to beat it back without getting wet. Our route was a clockwise loop to Kirkby Overblow, past a few windblown climbers on Almscliff Crag and back via Beckwithshaw where John and Dennis left us before we called in to Horticap for refreshments, which was excellent. The cakes were hardly parsimonious. Thus refuelled, we headed back towards the Showground and the traditional peeling off towards home. Just over 20 miles and 1400′ of climb. Vince
14 for the ride this morning, with cool-ish but sunny weather, but strong winds were forecast for the afternoon. Mike Wills kindly agree to take a sub-group of 8 to Boroughbridge via Knaresborough, Copgrove and Roecliffe. The White Horse was clearly visible as we passed through Occaney. We all met up at Bean, where the service was somewhat slow but the scone and coffee were fine, and the bacon butty Colin had was huge. We had intended to return via Martin-cum-Grafton, but I turned the wrong way coming out of Bean, so we had to double back to go through Aldborough. When we got to the turning to Marton, Geraldine was starting to get anxious about getting back in time to collect the grandkids, so we abandoned our flock (apologies)and headed back via Minskip and Stavely. The forecast wind duly arrived, but there was very little rain. Joe Smith
Nine of us set off on a route that we all knew so there was no need for a recognised leader. The route was Beckwithshaw, Fewston, Timble, Blubberhouses, Hardisty Hill, Menwith Hill Road, Moorcock Lane, Darley, Birstwith, Ripley, Greenway.
James G unfortunately left us on route as he hadn’t fully recovered from being unwell. After climbing Hardisty Hill we stopped for coffee at Mackenzies Smoke House. The staff were very welcoming and the bacon sandwiches certainly looked good. The wind helped us on our return to Harrogate. It was an enjoyable 30 mile ride in good company and thank you everyone for waiting numerous times while I caught up with you all.
Medium Plus Brisk
Route 285 was supposed to take us round the reservoirs of Thuscross, Swinsty & Fewston & then onto Leathley & Kirkby Overblow via as many lumps as possible along the way. The warning of high winds & rain in the afternoon hung over the group of Graham, Julie, Trefor, Andy, Tim4 & Tim3 and so the last section was binned as it was evident by the wind up at Stonehouses that the forecast was likely to be accurate. By this time, the group had agreed to split into two with T4 & T3 lagging behind due to a number of factors such as being old, curmudgeonly & out of shape. As we are parsimonious Yorkshire folk we skipped a café break. 34 miles. Tall Tim.