Wetherby – York, Saturday 20th May 2023, 48 miles

5 club riders met at The Shambles at 9am, raring to go. Bob L., Nick, Phil R., Gavin and myself were all wearing club tops although Gavin had on a similar red top which matched ours (one way to promote the club}. The weather was sunny but for a while it was cold. By the time we reached Wighill we were warming up due to the time trial speed (i wish!}. Then through Healaugh but due to our speed we missed the turn to Catterton. Then on to Bilbrough, Appleton Roebuck and into Acaster Selby. Nick then suggested we ride down the village road for about a mile which then became a dead end, just to get a couple more miles in. I guess not many cyclists ever go down there! Retracing the route back and then onto Bishopthorpe where there was a massive car boot being held. No time to buy any bargains though. Arriving at Cycle Heaven cafe we all plumped for cakes, coffee and hot chocolate. Gavin talked about all of his years living in Spain and how he took up cycling in his 60s to improve his health. It worked Gavin! Nick took over the conversation telling us about his bagpipe playing days. Fully refreshed we set off back to base going through Acomb, Knapton and on to the cycle path to Rufforth. This is a great route. Then on to Marston Moor and Tockwith. Bob and I turned off here whilst Phil, Gavin and Nick carried on towards Wetherby. A great morning ride with lovely weather for a change and thanks to Nick for planning the route.

Pete C