This Sunday was the first time the CCC split the rides and this was the shorter option.
Nine of riders (including two new riders) set out from outside St Aidan’s school on yet another cold and windy morning. We left Harrogate by taking a familiar route out of Harrogate via the Otley Road before dropping down over Oakdale Bridge and up towards Penny Pot Lane. We then turned right and cut across the A59 before descending swiftly down into Hampsthwaite and on through Shaw Mills and Bishop Thornton. From here we then headed through Markington and on up to Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal, Studley Rodger and into Ripon.
We then headed back to Harrogate via Littlethorpe, Bishop Monkton, Copgrove and Farnham. Then the usual climb out of Knaresborough into town.
A distance of 35 miles and an average of 15 mph and we managed to stay dry.