Wetherby – Pickering, Sun 29th August 2021, 95 miles

Six members turned up for Sunday’s ride, Frank, Graham, Greg, Mick G, Nick and myself (Bill). A majority vote was in favour of changing the destination on the the runs card (Rosedale) to the less demanding ride to Pickering and so we set off shortly after 9 O’clock heading up the A168 from Wetherby. Shortly after crossing Aldwark Bridge, Greg and new member Mick decided to take on a hillier ride taking in Boltby Bank and Carton Bank . Greg is in training for his upcoming holiday in the French Alps so I hope Mick new what he was letting himself in for and enjoyed his day out with Greg. The remaining four continued to Terrington via Huby and Sheriff Hutton for a coffee stop The rest of the ride to Pickering was fairly uneventful, with the exception of a 10 minute hold up due to a massive combine harvester trying to pass the oncoming traffic on the narrow descent to Amotherby. We left Pickering at 2 O’clock and thanks to Graham’s navigational skills, took a new route home through the villages of Marton, Brawby, Butterwick and Barton-le-Street. This is a very pretty countryside and a pleasant change to the usual route along the A170, but it helps having someone who knows the way.

We took the second coffee stop of the day at the Olive Branch cafe in Easingwold then continued to Aldwark Bridge. Just before Little Ouseburn a car passed us and then flagged us down. The occupants of the car turned out to be the family of Lucy Debenham. Lucy is a past member of the club and still holds the Club Records for the Ladies 10, 15, 25, 50 and 100 mile Time Trials with very impressive times, as shown on the back of the current Runs Card. She had recognised Frank and just wanted to let him know that her family hope to return to Yorkshire soon and may well ride with the Wetherby Wheelers again. It was an honour to meet such an accomplished rider and a brilliant end to a great day out.