With what looked like threatening weather the route over Jack Hill to Pool and return via Castley was a good choice by James as it gave us lots of options to vary the route if the weather turned on us.
Obvioulsy others thought so to as eleven riders set off from the Showground in two fairly “fluid’ groups- one being designated the brisk group and the other the steady group.
From the start it was clear that there was going to be ‘variations’ to the designated route but we agreed as long as we made it to Pool to have coffee together that was fine. Paul T joined us at Beckwithshaw to make it a round dozen riders.
The ride up to and along the ridge was ,as always a pleasure- more so as the weather was good and there were clear views over the valley.
At the end of the ridge at the junction one group of four decided to descend to Pool whilst the others climbed up and went along the gated road and then down towards the cafe.
There was a moment of excitement when one of the Brownlees ( we didnt know which one) passed us going up the hill on his mountain bike- he didnt wave!
Service was good and after coffee and a natter we set off on the way back.Paul who was short on time went the Armscliffe route with all the others going via Castley and a few more climbs.
The weather was holding and it was warm so at Weeton we stopped for an informal focus group on the new kit situation. No secrets were divulged just broad opinions sought. After engaging our brains we turned to engaging our legs and rode on to Kirby Overblow where a group of four went off towards the by pass etc and the remainder home via Burnbridge.
The full ride was accomplished as the weather stayed fine- too warm for some who had dressed to get wet(me!).
Thanks to James for the route and to all who came along on the ride, especially the non-electrics who managed all the hills with ease! 32 miles Kevin