With a lot of riders taking part in the York 100 today, we were not sure how many would turn up for the off at St Aidans. Anyway, by 8.30 there were 11 of us including a new rider Adele, who had been brought along by Harry. Good to have you along Adele and welcome!
The original plan was to head to Thorp Perrow, but as a few of us were on time constraints and coming back from a lay-off it was collectively decided to take a route to Ripon and then loop back to Harrogate through Boroughbridge. We set off along Hookstone Road and over Forest Moor into Calcutt and the first lung burster of the day, with a quick blast up Briggate in Knaresborough. This had everyone warmed up nicely. We then made our way out towards Ripon through Farnham, Copgrove (where we picked up Phil C) and Bishop Monkton. Once at Littlethorpe it was a quick hop over the canal to head towards Skelton and into Boroughbridge.
Earlier in the week we had been advised of a new coffee shop in Boroughbridge, called the Old Foundry Kitchen, so we obliged the owner and graced them with our presence. They are cycling friendly and we were greeted warmly in some really nice surroundings with tea and coffee on tap and some good cakes. Couldn’t see any beans on the menu though Malcolm! After our coffee stop it was then a fairly steady run back to Harrogate through Staveley and Minskip, before climbing Knaresborough Hill, where at the top Monty had a puncture. Once fixed, we were on our way again to complete a shorter then normal ride, but one which was good nevertheless.
32 miles at a reasonably swift pace….