Wetherby – Beverley, Thursday 4th May 2023

On a blustery Thursday morning nine intrepid cyclists, alright nine Wetherby Wheelers, set off from the Shambles to Beverley. Led by Graham, Mike, Nick, Glyn, Bill, Steve B, Steve P, Greg and Geoff faced a strong headwind most of the way to Holme on Spalding Moor, our late morning coffee and cake break. Our route took us past Askam Bryan, through Copmanthorpe and then via the planets route near York to Naburn, Skipwith and Bubwith. In Copmanthorpe we stopped for a brief chat with two of Wetherby Wheelers elder statesmen, Frank and Pete Cartledge, who had Bob L and Kenn with them. Their route took them in the opposite direction to ours and they were clearly disappointed at having to cope with a tailwind! About a mile after leaving the planets route we realised that Steve P was not with us. We were all somewhat nonplussed as to where he was. Graham tried ringing him and I rode back, but neither of us were able to contact him. Thankfully, it transpires that he met up with Pete Cartledge later in the day/morning and so got home safely. A little way before Holme on Spalding Moor, Greg headed for home as he had a big Audax ride (Chevy Chase) at the weekend. The rest of us pressed on into the headwind and were grateful for the coffee and cake break after which Nick, Bill, Steve B and Geoff headed for home, leaving three (still) intrepid cyclist facing the headwind to Beverley.  Mike, Graham and Glyn arrived in Beverley at around 2pm and had a well-deserved lunch break. Glyn had clearly found the coffee – lunch stretch hard going, not that Graham and Mike found it particularly easy. Suitable refreshed we headed back towards Wetherby via Market Weighton and Elvington where we had a brief refreshment stop. From Elvington we headed for Naburn and then we re-traced our route to Wetherby, where we parted company at around 6pm and a very tired Glyn gratefully made his way to his car. Kudos to Glyn for completing the ride and thanks once again to Graham for his ride leadership. 

Mike Bo