Twelve club members met for today’s ride to Embsay through some of Yorkshire’s most glorious countryside.
Good group riding was to the fore as the club set course up Pennypot Lane and over the A59 for the steady drag
up Duck Street to Greenhow.
A controlled descent past Stump Cross Caverns to the Appletreewick turn and the road to Barden led to the big climb of the day, Eastby Brow. Some of the group hadn’t done this hill before and unfortunately, low cloud at the top denied us the fine views normally enjoyed after the effort. Undaunted, we pressed on down into Embsay where we took the gated road to Bolton Abbey for a welcome refreshment stop.
Batteries recharged with beans on toast, toasted teacakes etc. we headed back through Beamsley, Nesfield and Ilkley. The ‘town sign sprint’ honour was taken by Harry( riding his wife’s bike!) after Martin G’s lead-out train delivered him a fraction too late. Turned left at Askwith and climbed in tight formation up to the moor and then down past Timble to cross the reservoir, where we spotted Luke heading in the opposite direction. Climbed up from Fewston back to Pennypot lane and the homeward stretch to Harrogate, where most of the boys headed for Cafe Rosso for refuel stop number two.
A great morning out with disciplined group riding covering around 55 miles.