The forecast was good, but the reality was not as 12 of us met for a trip out to Beningborough Farm Shop.
It was a cold and foggy start to the ride, with a couple of hardy souls getting their knees out, so to try to warm up we got going pretty quickly and headed down into Knaresborough, before turning through Scriven and Lingerfield and onto Farnham. As the farm shop was not due to open until 10am, we then opted for a longer route out and made for Boroughbridge and out onto the Thornton Bridge road.
The pace was quite keen this morning to keep us warm, but as the route was flat, then this was not an issue and everyone was rolling along nicely. We made good time and went through Helperby and down to Aldwark, before the final run in to Beningborough where we were met by Jonathan who had ridden down from Skelton. The coffee and cake as usual was good, but service speeds were not the best.
There were signs of the sun trying to break through the mist as we got back on our bikes. The route back to Harrogate was a fairly direct one over Aldwark Bridge and through Great Ouseburn. Soon after though Malcolm’s awesome power on his TT bike made him break yet another Shimano chain. After a quick repair, we were back on our way and returned through MArton and Arkendale before the final pull up Knaresborough Hill in glorious sunshine.
A really nice 50 mile ride.