4 of us set off from St Aidans on a pleasant mild night. Due to Dave’s road bike being stuck at Boneshakers he was on his TT bike with what amounted to a flickering candle lighting the way. Cycled out of Harrogate towards to Beckwithshaw then up Norwood Lane, into the usual strong headwind, crossing the A59 to past the golf balls.
Everyone agreed it was such a nice night we’d go a bit further, so added an extra loop by turning left towards the Greenhow road, turning right at the crossroads to come back into Darley. This section was quite up and down – descents were exciting with little illumination, and the climbs almost eerily quiet with just the sound of heavy breathing! Pace on the climbs was high, easing off on the flats. Took the route by the river from Darley / Birstwith / Hampswaite (Joiners Arms looked very tempting!), then back into Harrogate via Jennyfield drive.
Nick practised an excellent dismounting technique when he went flying over the handlebars just by the Academy when his wheel dug in to some mud by the side of the path – luckily no damage done (at least it appeared that way in the dark). Then it was back into town.
A good night with a reasonable amount of climbing for a short ride – 2300ft and 30 miles. TT bike was surprisingly comfy for a 2 hour road ride too! Roll on spring 🙂
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/69941497