Eleven riders met on a bright but windy evening for a run to Brimham Rocks.
There were more mechanicals than normally experienced on a ride starting with Monty’s chain breaking almost at the off. Nick and Harry stayed to help whilst the rest of the group headed out of Harrogate by Oakdale Bridge, past the Army College over the A59 and down into Hampsthwaite.
Rode at an easy pace through Shaw Mills and Bishop Thornton before turning left for the steady climb up to Brimham with superb views over the surrounding countryside and a beautiful sunset to enjoy as we ascended. After a short stop for Karl to check out an unexplained creak in his front end ( his bike, that is ) we headed off in the direction of Hartwith Bank where we met up again with Monty, Nick and Harry, who’d just climbed it.
It was now getting quite dark and the descent of the bank into Summerbridge was real white knuckle stuff but the bike handling skills of the Cappo boys saw everyone down safely to cross into Dacre for the climb up Dacre bank. Turned through Darley for the customary fast run by the river to Birstwith and on to Hampsthwaite where very strangely Martin P punctured at exactly the same spot he’d crashed in April. Unfortunately, the delay fixing the flat tyre scuppered most riders plans for a post- ride pint enjoying the many attractions of the Knox Arms.
Ride Distance about 32 miles.