The ride started on a damp and drizzly morning, so the intention was to keep it short and see how the weather developed. Eight of us (including a new rider, Matthew) set off on a familiar route out towards Penny Pot, into Hampsthwaite and Shaw Mills before dropping into Markington and on to Burton Leonard.
At Burton Leonard, the call was made to extended the ride as the weather was improving, so we made towards Ripon and onto Boroughbridge for a coffee stop. Half way to Ripon, Nick and Alex came up with a great idea for a future ride – fancy dress!! The aim was to get us all cycling in tweed, but Karl had other ideas as he wanted to get out his mankini (no thanks Karl). We were heading for Tasty Snacks in Boroughbridge, when Duncan said that he was banned from there. I’ve heard of being banned from a pub before, but being banned from a tea room??? Anyway, we made our way to Gilchrists where we met up with Jamie.
After the coffee stop there was a unanimous decision to have an easy run back to Harrogate. We thought it would be easy, but by now the wind had got up, so we had 12 miles of a solid strong headwind to contend with. It was a long drag back in through Staveley and Knaresborough especially up the main hill from Mother Shiptons. Anyway after nearly 40 miles we fell back into town.
A good ride and some more solid miles in the legs.
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/66958322