Bramham – York, 24th April 2021, 42 miles

The Wheelers Saturday ride was to Cycle Heaven in York. Five met at Bramham’s War Memorial for a 9 o’clock start. Keith Robinson, Sean, Peter Dack, Darren and myself set out in various guises of apparel. Clothing ranged from almost full winter gear (yes that was me!) to shorts and shirt sleeves! After it was decided that we were all present and correct we headed out to Cawood Via Stutton, Ulleskelf and Ryther.

We then diverted via Kelfield and Stillingfleet. On Naburn and onto the York/Shelby cycle path to cross the River Ouse at Acaster. Into York via Bishopthorpe and a cafe stop at Cycle Heaven.

After our coffees, cakes and bacon butties meant that by the time we restarted and said chapeau to Sean who headed off to Pocklington (he’d been given a pass out by the boss!) the remainder of us retraced our steps back out of York the way we’d come in but then turned right at Bishopthorpe Palace (by which time we’d all warmed up again) and onto the cycle path alongside the A64. There was a lot of traffic heading for the coast! The four of us then headed home via Askham Richard, Angram, Long Marston and Tockwith.

Unfortunately I must have picked up a slow puncture and mentioned that my front wheel felt a bit iffy to Darren…….. 2 minutes later as we turned left onto Rudgate my front wheel slid away from me and I hit the deck. Bang! Blood everywhere!

My three comrades rallied around to make sure I wasn’t run over by turning vehicles whilst I tried to get my breath back. I’ve smashed my hand (that prevented any damage to my bike!) and road rashes my elbow and hip. Pete and Darren replaced my inner tube and then we gingerly headed back to Bramham via Walton and Thorpe Arch.
Some 42 miles covered. Dented pride and back in full sun (now I was overdressed!)

Great ride, great company and a great pit crew to boot (though I don’t think the Ferrari F1 team will be calling Pete and Darren up any day soon!). Thanks guys !

Phil