The first ride of the New Year…
It was a cold morning on Sunday and five us of set off from St Aidans to follow a route suggested by Jamie to head out towards Otley. We dropped down into Burnbridge before climbing up Brackenthwaite Lane for our first proper climb of 2011. At the top Jamie had a mechanical with his crank arm, but that was soon put right and we continued on. Just before turning off at Leathley, we said good bye to Paul and Tim who had to be back early. Three of us continued and halfway up a steep climb, Jamie had another mechanical, this time a snapped chain. This was more serious, as we did not have the tools to fix it. We walked to the top of the climb in Farnley and James went ahead to see if Chevin Cycles was open (which it was) whilst Martin pushed Jamie down into Otley. Thankfully those guys came across some other cyclists who did have the necessary tools to fix the chain so Chevin Cycles was not needed.
After a coffee stop in a very greasey spoon in Otley, we made for Askwith. Along the lane we passed Lizzie Armistead out on a training ride and then headed up the climb to the top of Askwith Moor. From here we returned to Harrogate via Timble and Fewston and along Pennypot Lane, before sneaking into the Specialized shop for some window shopping.
A good way to start the New Year, with plenty of climbing.
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/61599268