Marton-cum-Grafton – 26th April 2011

What a contrast a day can make…yesterday was warm and sunny and as we met outside St Aidans tonight, there was a distinct chill in the air.  The tights and 3/4 shorts were back on along with jackets for most apart from a few rule 5 hardy souls!!

A route out towards Marton-cum-Grafton was opted for after the weekend’s hilly exploits.  We made our way out of Harrogate through Knaresborough, Lingerfield, Staveley and Minskip.  The going was not that easy into a gusty headwind, but our riding discipline helped with everyone taking their turn on the front.

We crossed the A1 at Boroughbridge and head towards Aldborough, but turned right down a back lane towards Marton.  In the distance the sky was giving a good display for sunset and before we knew it we were in the centre of Marton.  We then made our way onto the old A1 where we decided to have a go at some group riding drills.  Everyone singled-out and took turns on the front to take the wind.  Not quite Team Sky, but we kept it together at about 24mph for a few miles before the group split.

After re-grouping at The Bridge Inn, we made our way back to Harrogate through Spofforth, Follifoot and Rudding Lane to complete a very good night ride.  33 miles in 2 hours.

View the route and ride details here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/81802985

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About Cappuccino Cycling Club

The Cappuccino Cycling Club is a group of friends from Harrogate who enjoy cycling in a relaxed way, that normally entails stopping for a coffee somewhere along the way. Ride distances are from 25miles upwards with some members taking part in local sportive events in the Yorkshire area.
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