Today’s planned ride would be a first for the CCC…a trip to York. Not sure why we have not ventured to York in the past, but it was worth the wait. The sunshine and the promise of a new destination drew 12 of us out this morning.
We set off heading out over Forest Moor, down into Calcutt and then along Abbey Road by the river in Knaresborough. As we past McDonalds, there we shouts of breakfast, but we continued into North Ribston, before turning left on the road down in to Cowthorpe and Tockwith beyond. The pace was fairly swift as we were being blown along by a nice tailwind. Before we knew it we were at Long Marston and blasting along the B1224 into Acomb and York City Centre.
After Paul had forgotten to clip his pedals in at a set of lights and hit the deck (sorry Paul, had to mention it – 10/10 for style!), we headed through Micklegate to find a cafe. Due to our early arrival our planned stop was not opened, so we went for quick tour of the city in search of coffee and cakes. We eventually stumbled across 1331 Restaurant that was serving breakfast, so in we went! There was plenty of space for the bikes and we took over a nice quiet courtyard. Service was slow, but the food was good.
Our return started by heading down the Tadcaster Road, before turning right at Tesco’s along Moor Lane heading for Askham Bryan. By now the sun was warm, but we were heading into a block headwind, which called for some tight group riding. We then went through Healaugh and Wighill, before turning right towards Wetherby, where we had an encounter with Neanderthal man shouting at us from his supped up hairdryer.
Once in Wetherby, we headed up through Kirk Deighton before returning to Harrogate via Spofforth and Follifoot and then along Rudding Lane.
Everyone agreed that we will be heading back to York in the future.
Nearly 50 miles covered at an average speed of nearly 17mph.
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/108366264