We were greeted this morning outside St Aidans with a stiff breeze and some drizzle – not nice for a planned ride to Appletreewick. The weather had obviously put a lot of people off as there was only 6 of us on the start line.
We headed out of Harrogate up the Otley Road, past Beckwithshaw and the steady drag up to Little Almscliffe, where the wind had really got up and we were heading straight into the teeth of it. Jamie turned around due to a puncture, but the rest of us carried on towards Menwith and the even longer slog up to Greenhow. The wind heading up Duck Street was now blasting us from the side and that along with horizontal rain made for an exhilarating ride, with all of us trying to stay upright at the same time as trying to go forward!
At the junction in Greenhow village the unanimous decision was taken to sack off Appletreewick and drop down into Pateley and head for Cafe Rosso instead. In Pateley Darrell left us to go up and over Lofthouse (chapeau!!) and Malcolm disappeared for some hill reps up Church Street. That left three of us to continue along the main road, where Pete said goodbye at Summerbridge, leaving only James and Martin G. James was struggling a bit due some lack of miles over recent weeks, but we got back into Harrogate in reasonable time, where Malcolm caught us going over the packhorse bridge at Knox Mill.
A tough but good ride of just over 36 miles at a steady pace.
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