Wetherby – Allerthorpe, Thursday 28th April 2022, 70 miles

At 9:15 am, outside Boston Spa church bus number 174 pulled away on time duly heading for Bramham. As it departed a sole, but expectant, Wheelers cyclist could be seen digesting his second banana of the morning.

At 9:25 am, 8 WW cyclists had grouped in the Shambles, Wetherby, in preparation for the Thursday ride.

The reasons why 2 sets of cyclists met at different times and locations to complete the same ride lies outside the scope of this ride report. However, in a relatively short period of time a rendezvous point had been established and the Wheelers, as one, were speeding purposely towards Tadcaster and beyond in a tightly knit unit.

It was to be expected that not many riders would have been out, given the current expedition in Majorca, but this was not the case. The 9 riders comprised: Nick, Mike G, Bill, Kathy, Glyn, Mark, Steve B, Geoff and Steve P.

Onwards towards Acaster Malbis, over the Ouse at Naburn then Wheldrake and Ellington were passed. The weather was dry but not too warm and the absence of sun led to a few chilly feeling hands on the handlebars.

Finally, the group arrived at the Lakeside Cafe, Allerthorpe, for lunch. The food was served quickly and hot and a good review was posted by the author.

After eating, a customer was asked to take the customary post-lunch photo…in fact, she confessed to being a professional photographer, again revealing the depths to which the paparazzi try so hard to follow the Wheelers on tour.

The route home took a different, more southerly route through Melbourne but then Elvington and Wheldrake were passed. The arrival of some sunshine was much appreciated. This route took in Stillingfleet, Escrick, Cawood, then Stutton before returning to base. There was a good atmosphere on the ride partly because some of the riders had not cycled often with the other riders, camaraderie was good, and the ride was very well captained in Graham’s absence by Mark. Unlike the departure location, no confusion existed over the return to base details.