It’s a sign of the times that the thirteen rider turn out for Sunday’s ride was seen as being a bit below our usual number – not surprising really as its the first week of the school summer holidays.
We set of as one group, heading towards Ilkley, leaving town over Little Armscliffe and Timble, where tiredness from the previous day meant we were reduced to an eleven man peloton. We decided then that we’d climb Little Snowden, before the high speed drop down into Askwith. As ever in cycling, what goes down must inevitably go back up, so we took the back road towards Ilkley before climbing over Langbar and down into Nesfield. It was tempting at this point to visit the Abbey Tea Rooms (famed for its quality service), but we decided to stick to our original plan, and rode back through Beamsley where Malcolm took the sprint for the Ilkley sign.
Having re grouped we called in for refreshments at the Avanti Coffee shop (named after Karl’s bike) where we sat in the sun, and filled up on bacon rolls and tea.
We took a fairly direct route home, following the river back towards Askwith, then another quick climb from Lindley, up by the church and back via Armscliffe Crag and Beckwithshaw. A day of sunshine and gentle winds, with the usual good CC company.