Wetherby – Northallerton, Thursday 5th May 2022, 83 miles

Fifteen Wheelers met at the Shambles in Wetherby, it was good to see those who had returned from Majorca looking happy, healthy and unscathed, they also brought some good weather along too! The group comprised ride lead Graham Brake, Mike B, Mike G, Glyn F, Pete D, Sean C, Nick H, Dennis M, Steve P, Greg C, Steve W, Michael B, Geoff M, Kathy and Phil W. We split into two groups (quickish and quicker), then out of Wetherby northbound along the A168 to Boroughbridge, through the town heading north to Cundall, Asenby and arrived at Topcliffe for a planned cafe stop. The little cafe couldn’t cope so we went into The Angel Inn beer garden for an excellent coffee break. After the stop, we pressed on towards Thirsk, where Geoff, Kathy and Michael B peeled off due to other commitments leaving twelve of us heading out to Northallerton.

The conditions were perfect for cycling, nicely warm, sunny and with little wind, the time of year beautifully set up the views along quiet roads in the North Yorkshire countryside. We progressed through Thornton le Street and Knayton, across a farm track and into Northallerton, where the twelve enjoyed lunch at the Garthway tea rooms, which was excellent.

On leaving Northallerton, eight of the group decided to take advantage of the day and proceed to Ripon, whereas Nick H, Steve W, Steve P and Greg C continued south at Sand Hutton whilst the remainder pressed west towards Masham but turned south through Wath and into Ripon. Mike G and Dennis M continued home to Knaresborough and the remaining six stopped in the Spa Gardens at the Sun Parlour Cafe for a final brew and cake, thankfully I’m not the only one with a sweet tooth!

For the final leg we headed through Bishop Monkton to Knaresborough, Sean C peeled off, whilst the final five cruised along the road to Kirk Deighton via Little Ribston and arrived at Wetherby after cycling around 83 miles. Hats off to Pete D and Glyn F who live towards Leeds, riding over a hundred miles before arriving home. Many thanks to Graham Brake for organising yet another magnificent ride.

As a new member of two months standing, I’ve really enjoyed the camaraderie, the range of rides, the pursuit of improving fitness and meeting a variety of people with a common interest. During each club ride I normally experience something new, on this occasion, I realised that I don’t recall being in a group of fifteen who descended into a pub and nobody consumed any alcohol! Ah well, there’s a time and place for everything…….