10 of us gathered at St. Aidans under leaden skies, which looked like they were fit to burst at any time. We were also joined by 3 new riders: Andy, David, and Monty – welcome all.
We decided to keep things flat and easy tonight so a route around the local Knaresborough villages was chosen. We set out via the usual hospital, Scriven Lane, Farnham route and then turned up towards Staveley with the weather still keeping dry for us. The pace was a reasonable 18 mph on the flat bits with the group working well together taking turns at the front. On towards Arkendale and then Coneythorpe, we braved the crossing of the A59 and turned off into Goldsborough. By this time the skies had turned a purpley black and lightening could be seen in the distance. I mentioned that I was glad to be on a carbon bike rather than a metal one, and at that point Martin P suddenly found himself on his own with nobody daring to ride next to him! The rain started to fall as we headed down by the riverside prompting a stop to put on rain jackets but by the time we had turned up towards Calcutt and up the hill of Forest Moor Lane it was obvious we had missed the worse of the rain. Rob had a disagreement with a car driver who was unfamiliar with the concept of cycle lanes, and with that we all headed home.
My ride was 28 miles at an average of 17.2 mph.