The first frosty start of the autumn and a record turnout!! Ten of us gathered this morning outside St Aidans with Brimham Rocks in our sights. Duncan was on a tight leash and only cycled in to say hello before returning to Wetherby, so after 5 minutes we were back down to 9.
We headed out of Harrogate along the Skipton Road before turning down towards Know Mill Lane. All of the sudden there were a few scrapes and shouts as four of us hit the deck due to some ice – ouch! We decided that we should stick to busier roads that had been exposed to the sun, so we abandoned our Brimham Rocks plans and headed through Harrogate and up over the back of Beckwithshaw and into Lower Nidderdale.
After going through Darley, up Clint Bank and through Hampsthwaite we decided to return to Harrogate to warm ourselves in a cafe. New rider Tim said he knew of a new cafe in town so we dived into Cafe Rosso, on Mayfield Grove to a very warm welcome, some great coffee and even better cakes.
After the coffee stop the group segmented with a few riders going to get another 40minutes in their legs, whilst a few returned back home for an early bath.
A nice roll out despite the scary start.
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