Pateley Bridge and Silverhill was the aim for today and this drew 15 of us out in great sunny conditions with many of us in our new club gilets looking good. The initial route was to head up to the top of Greenhow, so we headed off up the Otley Road at a reasonable pace and then on up Norwood Lane. We took a slightly different route than normal to get on to Duck Street. At one point Malcolm said he new a short cut and we ended up going down some private road through part of the Menwith Air Base. Thankfully we had Ronnie with us in case we got arrested! Anyway we got back on track and joined Duck Street.
We then turned left at Thruscross as we were making good time, so we dropped down over the dam wall and turned right up through West End before rejoining Duck Street at Humberstone Bank. We had a nice tailwind now for the last part of the climb to Greenhow. We then descended quickly down into Pateley via the Peat Lane and Bewerley before ending up at the Willow Tea Rooms.
After the coffee break, it was time for the Silver Hill challenge, which is not ideal on cold legs with 6 cups of tea inside you. It was a hard slog up Silver Hill, but the views at the top were very rewarding. Soon after reaching the top disaster struck with Paul hitting a pothole, which flung him of his bike at speed. The crash didn’t look good, but after pulling himself together and a few minor repairs, Paul got himself back on his bike and made for home with the rest of us with some torn Rapha gear and a few large patches of road rash.
Our route home was via Brimham Rocks and Wilsill, before coming back into Harrogate through Ripley and Know Mill Lane. It was good to get everyone back safely and seeing one of our fellow riders come off makes you all think about how our great sport also carries it’s risk.
It was a good 43 mile ride with nearly 3,200 feet of climbing for good measure.
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/91820779