Wetherby – Askham Grange, Saturday 14th May 2022, 38 miles

A lovely, bright Saturday morning, in contrast to the day before, brought six Wheelers to the Shambles for the Saturday ride: Steve B, Pete C, Glyn, Bob, Sean and me, Mark. Shorts were the order of the day but Sean had seen a weather forecast for a different place or day and arrived on his winter bike ready for anything.

The plan (I use the term loosely) was to meander out eastwards, almost to the Ouse, and then turn back via a stop at the cafe in Askham Grange. I called up the route on my Garmin – other navigational devices are available – and realised that the start up Jewitt Lane might have been a little stout before breakfast. So we took the bike path up the gentler hill towards Boston Spa, ignoring the fact that almost all the rest of the group had just ridden down it into Wetherby – should we be starting rides in Bramham…? 😉

After a wiggle through Bramham and Boston Spa we rode east to Wighill and, to nobody’s surprise but Sean’s, went right through Tadcaster. Then along the lanes to Bolton Percy and Appleton Roebuck, bypassing the metropolis of Acaster Malbis and taking a sharp left into Copmanthorpe. Here we turned left up School Lane and all but one of us turned left on Colton Lane. Fortunately the missing person – let’s call him Steve – was spotted by one of the waiting peloton up at the A64 roundabout so we decided to follow him rather than risk him turning back and getting properly disconnected. The regroup was completed when we all turned into the garden centre cafe at Allerton Grange.

Coffee, scones, bacon sandwiches and huge slabs of cake were enjoyed sitting out in the sunshine. Suitably refuelled as rode on through Angram, Long Marston and Tockwith where Sean turned down Rudgate to head home. The rest of us continued with drop down towards the A168 which wasn’t on the plan but worked just as well. At the turn, Steve remarked that his gears hadn’t been changing for the last few miles. After the sceptics had verified this, we diagnosed a flat or failed Di2 battery so we rode steadily down the 168 and saw Steve safely home, stopping only to admire the new render on his house.

Hopefully, a good time was had by all, I certainly enjoyed it and that’s the main thing 😁

Mark