The first 8.30am start of the year and it was back to winter weather. After some nice sunshine during the week, it was freezing cold and lashing it down with rain. However 12 hardy souls gathered outside the school for the off. We split into two groups, with one heading out to do some speed work, with the rest of us aiming initially for Ripon, before seeing if the weather was going to improve.
We set off down through Knaresborough and into Farnham before taking the old Knaresborough Road to Ripon. We picked up Phil on the way through Copgrove and were at Ripon in good time. We stopped to see what everyone wanted to do. Martin P looked like he had just completed the Paris-Roubaix as he was covered due to no mudguards and everyone else was soaked. A hard core lead by Pete decided that they still wanted to go to our initial target of Masham, whilst the rest headed for Skelton-on-Ure and Boroughbridge.
With the weather worsening slightly we made our way back towards Harrogate through Arkendale, Goldsborough and along Abbey Road before everyone climbing Knaresborough Hill in the snow. We all then went in different directions to get to our warm showers as quickly as possible to thaw out!
The ride can only be described as invigorating! 35 very cold and wet miles