Boroughbridge and nearby villages that pass in the night…..
Four riders, Matthew, Rosie, Darrell (Cycleguru) and Martin P. emerged through the gloom to start this visually challenging outing. Darrell’s first night ride was a real baptism of fog as visibility was down to 25 metres on some country lane sections.
Took the Calcutt route into Knaresborough and up Briggate to give the legs an early wake-up call, then on to Scriven, Farnham and Staveley trying our best to avoid the potholes. After Minskip we pushed on to Boroughbridge and took the left turn to Roecliffe and Bishop Monkton with conversation mainly on compact chainsets, hills conquered and bigger challenges to come. After crossing the A61, the most testing part of the ride was the back narrow lane into Markington with our lights proving barely adequate in the dense patchy fog. From the village we headed up towards Bishop Thornton then took the left turn at the crossroads down the bank to Ripley. Stayed on the main road through Killinghall then up the hill past the Majestic back into Harrogate.
All in all about 28 miles at full gallop.