Bonus twin reports: Wetherby – Boroughbridge, Thursday 23rd December 2021, 40 miles

Two reports for the last ride of the year, the first by Graham, the second by Nick. No pictures though… 😒😁

The last ride before Christmas saw 8 riders turn up in the shambles on a fairly cool winters morning. Those being Graham, Steve Ward, Steve Pearson, Nick, Steve Booker, Glyn, Michael Brawley and Mike Bosomworth. The plan was for a fairly gentle ride to Plenty in Boroughbridge via various routes and to arrive at the cafe for about 11.15. Dennis promised to try and meet up providing a sideboard could be picked up on time.

As we left Wetherby the group had already split into a 4 and a 4 with one group taking a slightly longer route over Aldwark Briidge and then through Brafferton and across Thornton Bridge. Steve Booker had agreed to grab the largest table in the cafe if he arrived first.

The group that took the shorter route through the Ouseburns and Dunsforths did arrive first and did a great job of securing the large table in the back room. The other group arrived about 5 minutes later and we were delighted to find that we could all sit and socialise together. Surprisingly bacon sandwiches and hot drinks were fairly popular and we were well attended to. Dennis then arrived and since we were not in a hurry and it would have been rude another round of drinks was ordered. Apparently, Geoff had also arrived but sadly did not think to look in the back room.

Evenually we all decided we needed to head for home and carry on with our Christmas preparations. I thought we had agreed to return via Knaresborough and took the road out towards Minskip. I stopped in Minskip to regroup and put on a rain jacket but was only joined by Mile Bosomworth and Mike Brawley. We thought that at the last second due to the rain the others had decided to take the shorter route down the 168.

We hadn’t realised that on passing Morrisons Steve Pearson had nearly been taken out by a careless driver.
The three of us carried on only to catch up with a fairly dejected Geoff who had been to the cafe twice but still couldn’t see us warmly ensconced in the back room.

We were now joined by Steve Ward who explained what had happened and we all then carried on towards Wetherby. Sadly, we couldn’t wish some of the group a final merry Christmas. To complete the ride Steve Booker, Steve Ward and myself went for a rather pleasant pint in the Black Bull. Yep Christmas had started.


Last ride before Christmas so the Shambles and Market Place were pretty busy. Present at the start were Graham, Michael Brawley, Mike Bosomworth, Steve Ward, Steve Pearson and Steve Booker, Glyn and me, Nick. We picked up Dennis somewhere as well. Boroughbridge and Plenty café was the destination and the faster lot went via Helperby whilst the others ,inc. me, followed the Great Ouseburn-Dunsforth way and arrived at the rendezvous only a few minutes before them. There were lots of sausage and black pudding sarnies and coffee before setting off to take the Minskip route home.

One group again went ahead with talk of meeting for a drink back at headquarters and so they missed the incident at the Morrisons. Four of us were riding in line with Steve P at the front and were passed by a red car which turned left immediately in front of Steve. I don’t know how he stayed on his bike but I thought it might be worth having a polite word with the driver. Since they had now driven in to Morrisons, we followed along and were surprised to be overtaken by a police car who had been behind us and seen the incident. The police were probably thinking that they had best get to that driver before we did, and by the time we had caught up they had the driver out of the car and appeared to be taking details. There was no point in our contributing since it had obviously been seen by the police. The driver called an apology to us and then we rode off and left the police to it.

I don’t know anymore about the end of the ride since I needed to get back and took the shortest route. It began to rain as soon as we parted company. Happy Christmas.