Ten riders set forth on a previously untried route to Ilkley Moor and a new Tea Room at Denton to experience.
Set out through Burn Bridge then along the ridge road to Kirkby Overblow and on to Kearby Cliff and the descent to the A61. Skies were starting to look threatening as we rode through Weeton and Castley before catching a rain storm as we arrived at Pool. A close encounter with an insane horn-blaring motorist drew certain gesticulations from the peleton before a new, steady climb, up Creskeld Lane into Bramhope. On through Bramhope and over the Chevin, past the Royalty pub before the headwind descent into Menston where Karl’s tyre dramatically exploded in what must be a ‘puncture of the year’ contender. Martin G and Harry were men with a mission as they located a replacement tyre for Karl from the local Halfords in double quick time.
All back rolling, we decided to shorten the route to make up lost time, so dropped down into Burley in Wharfedale and on to Ben Rhydding where we crossed the river by the narrow bridge to put us on the road to Askwith and Denton. Cockpit Farm tea room proved a success and as we left another cycling club came into the tea room garden. They’d been on the GYBR and commented on the famous Cappuccino coach – CCC’s fame spreads.
Headed home up the hill out of Askwith to the moor before descending by Timble to cross the reservoir and back to Harrogate down Norwood Lane having ridden around 47 miles.