11 wheelers arrived on a sunny Thursday morning for the planned ride to Helmsley: Stevie B, Bill, Fred, Nick, Mike, Glynn, Sean, Phil, Pete D, Bob and Steve P.
Graham’s absence left a vacancy for ride captain for the day. Cometh the hour, cometh the man….and Mike quickly volunteered with an interesting and welcomed expedition to Helmsley.
Out through Walshford, Cattal, Whixley, Little Ouseburn and the club arrived in Easingwold for coffee.
Bill and Stevie B decided on a shorter route home, and later Fred peeled off leaving 8 to journey on through Coxwold and Kilburn then the main event of the day….the ascent of White Horse Bank. A gruelling one mile ascent and 500+ ft climb later the crew descended taking on a very picturesque route past Rievaulx Abbey before lunch at the takeway cafe near Helmsley Castle.
If there were any thoughts in the group that climbing for the day was over, this was an illusion.
After a short ascent out of Helmsley the group passed through Sproxton then climbed Beacon Bank. This was another gruelling Majorca-esque climb, clearly less steep than the White Horse but involved approximately a 20 minute climb of 250 ft.
Several more hills were ascended, notably Yearsley Bank which comprised a 0.7 miles climb of 250 ft.
Thereafter the route became flatter through Husthwaite and Braferton Halperby to Boroughbridge for mid pm coffee (and goodies !).
Bob left shortly after and the remaining 6 returned to base after completing 80 miles and climbing approx 5500 ft.
With great weather and no mechanicals ( a nice change !) this was a challenging ride for some members but an immensely enjoyable, rewarding and excellently captained one.