About a dozen of us set off this morning, with the grand plan of heading out west into strong winds to pick up a tailwind on the return.
We headed out along Pennypot and then Duck Lane before James and Jamie peeled off to do some early lazing around and drinking at Cafe Rosso, leaving the rest of us to carry on with Malcolm marshaling the front in usual military style 😉 It was hard work pedaling down past Stumpcross (you read that right!) and Dave began to question his choice of clothing as the hailstones hit his bare arms and started making the applied sun tan lotion sting his eyes
We then turned off towards Appletreewick, where a severe cross wind almost took several of us out, before getting a bit of shelter in the run in to the cafe at Bolton Abbey. The *ahem* service was as good as usual, and we all felt reasonably refreshed as we headed back to Ilkley. Malcolm obviously thought we looked a bit too refreshed, as he turned us left, up and over Langbar, where we hit more hail, heavy rain and high winds – awesome!
The rest of the ride was pretty steady as we cruised back in the rain via the usual route, ending up at Burn Bridge.
55 miles and 4400ft of climbing in terrible conditions – a ‘Rule 5’ ride if ever there was one, but strangely very enjoyable and nice to see a few new faces.