After days of rain, there was little change on Sunday morning and with a worsening forecast, there were only 5 riders on the starting line, including a new rider, Ian. Welcome to the CCC fold Ian!
With the weather in mind, we decided to keep it fairly local and short and opted for a 30 mile route out around Boroughbridge and Marton-cum-Grafton. With the early signs of rain in the air and a biting NE wind, we headed down into Knaresborough and out through Lingerfield and Farnham. JC’s knee was still giving him some grief, so he left us near Staveley for an easy ride home, with the rest of us continuing into the headwind to Minskip and Boroughbridge.
We turned down Grafton Lane and finally got the wind on our backs. We passed the Punch Bowl, which sparked some chat about what an idiot Neil Morrisey was thinking he could turn it into a gastro-pub and brew his own beer, before then heading towards Arkendale. The return to Harrogate was a fairly familiar one through Goldsborough and along the riverside, before the all to familiar ascent of Knaresborough Hill. The rain was now fairly steady so the sight of Cafe Rosso, some nice hot Cappuccino and some food was very welcome.
I nice steady 30 mile ride, but by the end of it we were all soaked!