Wetherby – Brandsby, Thu 29 July 2021, 71 miles

This week’s Thursday ride saw 8 riders assemble in the shambles on a day that was a massive contrast to the previous week. It felt like October rather than July and wind and rain were on the forecast.  Cracoe was quickly ditched as a destination and a debate ensued on a route that might enable us to avoid the worst of the weather.

The group comprising Bill, Geoff, Steve Ward, Mike Bosomworth, Pete Dack, Sean, Mike from Knaresborough and myself set off for Easingwold via Knaresborough. We had the wind behind us and we thought we were setting a reasonable pace only to be put in our place by a couple of youngsters on the road out of Helperby.

We had a coffee stop in Easingwold at the Fika cafe before heading off to Crayke but without Bill, who had decided turn for home. We reached Brandsby where, to Sean’s great disappointment, we turned right to avoid Brandsby bank. Then it was through Stillington, Sutton on the Forest and on to Strensall. We managed to ride through York without losing anyone and headed to Cycle Heaven for lunch. Lunch was quite long and slow but on the day it didn’t really matter. We crossed the river and took the road to Bishopthorpe and Copmanthorpe and then Colton. At this point Sean left us to face the wind on his own and the rest of us headed to Bilborough, Healaugh and Wighill. There was a fairly brisk pace and we arrived back in Wetherby a little earlier than normal. Coffee Anyone? 71 miles completed and no rain

Graham