Wetherby – White Horse Bank, Thursday 11th May 2023

This Thursday ten Wheelers set off for the White Horse Bank and lunch at the Gliding Club café. Mike, Michael, Graham, Greg, Nick, Phil, Sean, New Sean, Geoff and Tim left the Shambles on a relatively calm day, but with rain forecast. Our route took us along the A168 to Boroughbridge, from where new headed for Boroughbridge and Raskelf. After coffee and various refreshments, we set off from Boroughbridge towards Coxwold, but unfortunately, Sean rapidly discovered that he had a puncture. However, he was able to pump his tubeless tyre up and it only required replenishing later in the afternoon. Perhaps there is something to be said for tubeless tyres! The climb at Oulston proved a decent leg warmer for the ascent up the side of the White Horse, which Geoff avoided by heading for lunch in Thirsk. After climbing White Horse Bank we re-grouped at the Gliding Club café, which is under new ownership/management. Food was good, but the coffee was only lukewarm! Dennis joined us at the café. It was good to see him and during the afternoon he showed us that his enforced payoff, due to wrist surgery, had done little to dim his cycling prowess. After lunch, we headed for Boltby, with the descent being as entertaining as ever. Shortly after Boltby, our luck ran out and we were hit by a heavy shower and then had intermittent rain for the rest of the afternoon. In fact, the last hour was pretty much persistent rain. We passed through Thirsk and Sowerby and made our way to Boroughbridge where Nick and Sean parted company with us. The rest of the group headed for Knaresborough where we left Dennis and headed back to Wetherby through Little Ribston etc. Once again thanks to Graham for a good route and to everyone for their company.

Mike Bo