Only two riders tonight, Rob and James.
We headed off from Harrogate for a hilly start towards the villages of Hampsthwaite and Shaw Mills. The ascent up from Shaw Mills towards Bishop Thornton was a challenging 12% for a short period. From there it was onto Markington down towards Wormald Green.
Thankfully the weather was getting better as the ride went on with clearing skys and some nice summer sunshine breaking through. After a quick stop in Burton Leonard , it was onto Staveley and across the main Boroughbridge/Knaresborough road to Arkendale. The Tiger Inn in Coneythorpe was very tempting with gorgeous smells of steak wafting from the kitchens!!
The route back to Harrogate was through Goldsborough, along Abbey Road in Knaresborough and up the A59 back into Harrogate with legs that were starting to get heavy (for James at least).
All in all a really nice evening ride – 30.5 miles and 1,159 ft of climbing.
Route can be viewed at: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/8358592