Short Ride

There were six takers for the Short Ride today, Karen, Gordon, Kevin, two Pauls and myself and as we journeyed up Brackenthwaite Lane we were joined by a third Paul and in a sign of the times six out of the seven were on ebikes. It was distinctly cool, but it was only on emerging from Brackenthwaite Lane that the wind gusts made their presence felt, Indeed it required some peddling to even make progress down hill! Apart from some manoeuvring on meeting the Council recycling lorry on the narrowest section of the road past the old Honey Farm the run down to Leathley was uneventful and from then on the wind gave us assistance to the Farm Shop. Fortunately the eagle eyed amongst us had spotted the sign warning the Castley road was flooded and so after warming coffee and eats the route was changed slightly to continue on the main Harrogate road and take the turning for Weeton and Dunkeswick, where Paul T left us to return home up Gravelly Hill. The run up the Leeds/Harrogate road was the usual head down and go with the fast running traffic but we made the turn and up to Kirby Overblow without incident and then back through Burn Bridge to the Showground with members peeling off home at various intervals. An enjoyable 25 mile ride with the sun putting in a late appearance and in the usual good company. James G


Wednesday Wanderers’ Ride

Sixteen cyclists set off in two groups; Mike leading the 1st group of 8 gentlemen, followed by a ladies & gents group, including newbie Howard – welcome! We cut the route shorter by missing out the Ouseburns to go directly from Marton Grafton via Aldborough to Boroughbridge. Plenty of tables to accommodate the 2 groups at Hideaway Café (used to be Beans), for coffees, butties and happy banter. We headed back to go via Roecliffe & Bishop Monkton, discussion was had about needing to potentially convert bikes to rafts in the floods, but we’ll have to save this exploit for another day as no floods in sight. However, we nearly turned into a few Mary Poppins when the wind picked up, making the headway from Markington up the hill to the top of Scarah Bank quite a feat. All arrived safe and sound, especially as we had Colin with us, who volunteered to be the sweep. 😊 Thank you for happy company. 34 miles for me door to door. Diane