The promise of Masham and a coffee stop at the Suncatchers drew a few more of us out this morning and with the promise of improving conditions, 14 of us left Harrogate via a familiar route down into Knaresborough. The only shock of the morning was Pete who had bought the loudest jersey imaginable from eBay with “taxi” emblazoned across the front of it. Whats more, he had also blinged up his bike with plenty of gold to match the club colours, including chain, rear derailleur jockey wheels, QR levers, tyres, bar tape and glasses. Nice one Pete, we are all jealous with bike bling envy!!
Anyway, we continued out towards Ripon and then onto Masham via Galphay, Kirkby Malzeard and Grewelthorpe, before the quick descent down into Masham. Must have been the smell of the coffee and cakes that got the legs turning a bit quicker down the hill. The refuelling was as good as ever, and Duncan tried to eat the cafe out of food. After the stop, the group split into two, with 6 heading up and over Lofthouse, with the remaining 8, heading back via a flatter route through Wath and Hutton Conyers, before retracing our steps back to Harrogate from Ripon.
By the time we were back in Harrogate, the weather had improved nicely and was a great end to a nice ride out. Well done to Cathy for breaking the 50 mile barrier for the first time. Hope the legs aren’t too sore tomorrow Cathy!!
View the hilly route here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/90263284
View the flat route here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/90394333