Bramham – Beningbrough Hall, Sat 28th August 2021, 42.7 miles

We had seven riders out for what was the last Saturday of the Wheelers year: Pete C (back after injury), Sean, Mark, Darren, Phil, me (Keith) and a first appearance from Steve Pearson. The weather was perfect being sunny but not too warm and with virtually no wind as we set off through Boston Spa, Walton, Cattal, Whixley to Aldwark toll bridge. After the vibrations over the bridge, we headed South through Linton-on-Ouse on smooth tarmac (much to Pete’s relief) and Beningbrough entering Beningbrough Hall in the correct direction for once! After bacon sandwiches (and watching Steve try to catch the plague of wasps that surrounded us), we continued South on quiet lanes and then the cycle path at the side of the River Ouse before crossing the river on the York by-pass. We then headed through Poppleton before negotiating a short but busy section of the A59 and turning into the road to Hessay. After that, it was steady riding through Tockwith and then following our outward route back to Boston Spa and Bramham.

Saturday rides were impacted by the lockdown so we only managed to get out 29 times but there were some real positives. Over the course of the year, we had a core of 5 riders who rode at least half the rides with a special mention for Darren Shepherd who joined at the start of December and has been a regular since then with a big improvement in cycling fitness. We had 19 members ride with us at least once, we had at least 5 riders on 17 rides with 10 turning out on a glorious day last September. The goal is to be back by 13:00 which we generally achieve but we still managed to have seven 50+ mile rides, we visited 10 different cafes and I think I managed to not repeat a single route in its entirety (but some of the variations were minor!). Roll on the next school year!