Wetherby – Beverley, YAA Charity ride, Sunday 3rd July 2022, 112 miles

Ten riders met in the Shambles for a grand day out in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity: Glyn, Bill, Mark, Nick, Steve B, Simon, Greg, Alec, Pete D and myself, Michael. Team photo by the Black Bull completed we took Nick’s route east through Copmanthorpe and Wheldrake with a strengthening tail wind which we would meet again later in the day.

Bill and Alec left us before our coffee stop at Beechwood Café near Market Weighton. A (motor)bikers’ café under new management provided very good homemade cakes. We rolled on over the Wolds enjoying terrific views and the long descent to Beverley stopping for the classic team photo with the Minster in the distance. Lunch in Beverley was at the Velo café opposite the Minster with an indoor wall-mounted bike rack, good service and disappointing 3/10 beans on toast but other dishes seemed ok.

You may have noticed that during the Tour de France a windy day often results in a split in the peloton. This is one of the many ways in which our riders resemble the pros. As we made our way through Etton on the way to Market Weighton and Pocklington, the group began to split in the strengthening headwind leaving Nick, as one rider put it, “trying to herd cats”. On the plus side, a few riders added miles to their day as they turned back to the correct route.

From Pocklington we rode through Melbourne and back the way we came through Elvington and Wheldrake. At Naburn we regrouped and split into Tockwith/Wetherby and Leeds/Scarcroft groups to grind our way home against the fresh westerly. All eight riders posted centuries with Glyn topping the board at 132 miles. Thanks to Nick for organising both the charity day and leading the route.

Michael