Bramham – Boroughbridge, 3rd April 2021, 55 miles

The first Saturday ride of the restarted group rides was rather like the first Thursday ride in that it was a cold, dry, grey day with a nagging northerly wind. Five riders assembled by Bramham War Memorial for a nine o’clock start: Keith, Alec, Pete C, Phil and me, Mark.

The plan was to ride into the wind for the first half: up over Cattal bridge (a red light, as usual), up through Whixley, over the wobbly Aldwark bridge then via Helperby to Boroughbridge. The ride went smoothly but it was very cold into the biting wind. There were no mechanical or pneumatic incidents. Pete managed to buy a dozen eggs in Milby using £1.50 of Alec’s money – nice Yorkshire tactics.

Having reached Boroughbridge we considered a coffee stop but the town bandstand was mobbed by cyclists and another group arrived as we were talking so we decided to press on. The Saturday ride often skips a coffee stop if there isn’t a suitable venue – with a target return time in mind there isn’t enough slack to wait around.

The return was via Minskip, Arkendale and Goldsborough, briefly joining Knaresborough bypass to cross the river and then down the usual road via the Deightons to Wetherby where the group split, arriving home impressively punctually at 1pm.