Winter Cycling in Yorkshire at its Best….
New Year, gorgeous weather, stunning scenery….time for a blog post/ride report.
Today was the first Sunday club run of the year and the unseasonably warm weather dragged 22 Cappo’s out of bed for a few hills. We split into two groups and headed for the hills. The route out of Harrogate was a familiar one over the old packhorse bridge in Knox Mill before heading out towards Hampsthwaite, where the steady group picked up Julie P who was waiting outside Sophie’s Tea Room.
From Hampsthwaite is was up Clint Bank to Burnt Yates, where the steady group was past by the faster group. Both groups now headed for Brimham Rocks via slightly different routes. By the time we reached Brimham the mist had thinned and we were in gorgeous sunshine and were being rewarded with stunning views out across the Vale of York and towards the North Yorkshire Moors.
Next target was Dallowgill Moor, which represented the last of the significant climbing for the day. Once on the top and past the Devil’s Elbow it was time for some swift descending all the way down through Laverton, Kirkby Malzeard and on to Ripon. From Ripon we returned to Harrogate through Littlethorpe, Bishop Monkton, Markington and Ripley before retracing our route through Knox Mill for some well deserved coffee and strudel at the ever welcoming Cafe Rosso.
This was a great start to Sunday club runs for 2013 and after today it is easy to see why Yorkshire has been picked to host the Grand Depart for the Tour de France in 2014.