Medium Steady Ride

8 brisk riders, and a steadier group of 10 took the routine route to Ripon via Ripley, Fountains and the Deer Park,and what a fine ride it was.

Splendid Sunday sunshine and a bit of blustery breeze plus a couple of climbs ensured we were comfortably warm by the time we reached the Deer Park. The descent to Studley Roger took us as close as could be to a herd of deer, some of which decided to cross in front of the ride. Quite spectacular!

Coffee at Tates brought all the group together again before the speedy group took a longer route home while the regulars stuck to the plan back to Ripley and the Greenway.

A fine ride with a bunch of very happy cyclists. Mike P.

Medium Plus Alternative Ride

James and Paul came up with an alternative ride starting out on the advertised Medium plus route. Paul, Alison, Helen, Peter, James, Margaret and Gia set off in good sunshine and battled with headwinds all the way up to Timble. Skies clear and blue, curlews singing, loads of daffodils, sheep and lambs in the fields and with the closure of the road to Kex Gill meant that we had an almost traffic free route up past West End reservoir and up to Hoodstorth Lane. Across Duck Street to Padside and then a good run to Hampsthwaite ready for our coffee and lunch. Here we met Martin and Yvonne who were on their second cafe stop.
This is a great ride, fantastic views, hardly any traffic, and for Helen a lot of very steep hills which she did magnificently. 39 miles. Gia

Medium Plus Brisk (Breakaway)

Four lady riders- see photo, decided against the published ride and rode route 102 instead. I’ve never been a fan of West end and two stoops climbs and definitely not in the same ride. Ripley, Brimham rocks, Dallowgill moor, Grantley and onwards to Ripon via the deer park. It was a glorious day- cold but bright and we even took our gilets off. As we approached the very busy Tate’s we saw the other wheel easy group just leaving. Back via Markington and the Greenway. It was a pleasure riding with you again ladies after what seems like ages. 45/46 miles and 3,000 feet of climbing- legs felt that one! Janet G

Short Ride

We enjoyed blue skies and some sunshine on our short gentle ride today, with 7 familiar faces, some from way back when! Lovely to see you. (You know who you are!)
From Hornbeam we travelled to Burnbridge and on to Kirby Overblow, where we found P. hanging around outside the village pub with his bike, (again!), boosting our numbers to 8 in total. We enjoyed a chatty and gentle ride on to Sicklinghall, onto the Stockeld estate, and from there, Spofforth, Little Ribston and on to Knaresborough for coffee and nibbles at The Watermill Cafe by the river. Glad to have got some daffodils in on the photo to prove spring is here, and also, thanks to eagle eyed D. who spotted a fox running in one of the fields!
Sarah Everson Maurer