Autumn is definitely here! We were greeted by a fresh morning yesterday outside St Aidans School, but this did not deter anyone. In fact we had a record number turn out for a Sunday Club Run….20 in all, which is fantastic. We welcomed new riders Alison, Chris and Guy. The destination was Pateley Bridge via Duck Street, so off we set with us quickly forming into two groups to avoid taking up too much room on the road.
As with last week, we were riding into a headwind up the Otley Road and over the back of Beckwithshaw, before making towards Menwith and the long drag up to the top of Greenhow Hill. By now we had left the sunshine of Harrogate behind and the clouds were looking rather gloomy towards Greenhow. By the time we got to the top of Duck Street, it was cold, damp and very foggy. However, after only half a mile of descending we were back down in a bright Pateley Bridge.
In Pateley the group split into three, with Malcolm heading off over Lofthouse, another group going up Church Street towards Dallowgill and the remainder heading towards Fellbeck and Brimham Rocks. The two larger groups came back together near the old Drovers Arms before we dropped down into Ripley and returning to Harrogate via Knox Mill and the Packhorse Bridge.
The sun was really shining nicely now, so we pulled up outside Cafe Rosso and got the order in for coffee, cakes and strudles. The perfect way to end a really nice ride.
Just under 40 miles with 2,500ft of climbing.