After a week of gorgeous weather, it was back to a cold and grey start on Sunday morning as 12 of us met for a route to Tadcaster planned by Karl. We set off like a bunch of greyhounds and headed along Leadhall, before dropping down into Pannal and up the side of the golf course. Crossing over the by-pass we headed into Kirkby Overblow and continued along a familiar route down through Sicklinghall before turning right into Linton Lane. Just outside the Windmill Inn, Martin popped a spoke, which forced him to return home to Harrogate with Rob for company.
The rest of the bunch continued into Collingham, before climbing out through the lanes past East Rigton and onto Bramham and Thorner. When we got to Tadcaster it was decided that we were a bit to early for a coffee stop, so we continued and made for Thorpe Arch where Karl guided us in the direction of a very nice tea room.
After re-fuelling we then headed up Rudgate towards Cattall. Along the way we saw the Yorkshire Road Club, who we chased down and then made our way over Cattall bridge and on to Whixley, Thorpe Underwood and Ouseburn. We then made our turn for home, coming back to Harrogate via Marton, Arkendale, Flaxby, Goldsborough and Abbey Road. James got bad cramp in Calcutt, but thankfully Karl dropped back whilst the others disappeared off into the distance.
A good 55 mile ride in ever improving conditions.
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/75893583