At last….we could start the ride today in our summer jerseys!! It was another great morning in Harrogate as 11 of us gathered. Karl, Duncan and Martin P had already been out and climbed Norwood Edge before meeting us and we had a route planned to head out to Kirkby Malzeard before having a coffee stop at the Sun Parlour Cafe in Ripon.
We also welcomed new rider Paul to the Cappuccino peleton and headed up the Otley Road before taking a familiar route through Hampsthwaite, Shaw Mills and past Fountains Abbey, before climbing through Winksley and into Kirkby Malzeard. From there it was a swift descent down into Ripon, where we basked in the spring sunshine whilst having our coffee and cakes (bowl of pasta for Pete!!). During discussions we talked about where bike frames were built and Karl was mortified to hear that there was a rumour flying around that the Raleigh Avanti was actually a DeRosa Avant in disguise and that came from the same factory. He was so agast, that he was still going on about it 15 miles later!!
After the coffee we left Pete to head back to Nidderdale and the rest of the group carried on through Skelton and Boroughbridge, before heading down through the Dunsforth’s, Whixley and Cattall before returning to Harrogate via Spofforth, Follifoot and Rudding Lane. Today’s ride was absolutely fantastic, with the group riding together in formation for a large chunk of it.
Wow, wow and double wow will best describe it…..
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/78425830