Sunday 28th May 2023 ride to Kirkbymoorside 92 miles

6 Wheelers (Nick, Geoff, Bob, Bill, Dennis and me) met in Wetherby for a sunny ride to Kirkbymoorside. Unfortunately there was a bit of a chilly easterly wind first thing and the sun was yet to make an appearance so we set off feeling a bit cold. We soon warmed up on the A168 before turning off towards Tockwith so that Nick could consider going back home to collect an extra layer. Nick had however, had the foresight to bring enough layers with him so he just put on his rain jacket and carried on.

Our normal route to Kirkbymoorside would have been across Aldwark Bridge, but because that was closed for the summer Nick had devised an alternative crossing the railway line and skirting York by following the bike path alongside the ring road over the river Ouse.This worked out fine until myself, Bill and Geoff having been so busy looking out for the traffic as we crossed the ring road, didn’t see where Nick, Dennis and Bob had gone after this. After telephoning Bob to check directions we met up with the others further up near the turning for Skelton where Dennis decided to head for home feeling bit cold and the remaining 5 carried on to Wigginton and Sutton on the Forest. We were all in need of a coffee by then and there was a discussion as to whether to take a mile detour to Huby or carry on to Stillington where Bob had seen a pop up coffee van previously. The decision to carry on to Stillington proved to be the right one as we had excellent coffee and cake sat outside on very comfortable chairs in the sun which divided to make an appearance (and excellent clean toilet facilities as well!).

After coffee we had a lovely climb up over the Howardian Hills towards Oswaldkirk where Bill decided to head back to save his energy for the club’s Tuesday ride (he still managed 70+ miles) and 4 of us (bob, Nick, Geoff and me) carried on to Kirkbymoorside. The cafe in Kirkbymoorside, the Gavel & Bean, was a good find from Nick and well worth the 48 miles to get to it, plenty of space to park our bikes and good food.

The return journey was via a more easterly loop via Hovingham and then to Terrington. At the top of Terrington Bank we met up with the National Junior cycle race that was in progress with Bradley Wiggin’s son Ben competing in it. We watched the race go by and then had a lovely fast descent down Terrington Bank before climbing up into Sheriff Hutton where there were some fans by the side of the road to give us an extra boost to ride strongly up the hill.

Arriving back at the York ring road we re-traced our route out back to Poppleton and had a much needed rest sat on the verge by the side of a quiet lane sharing energy bars. Bob also sharing stories of sleeping by the side of roads and in MacDonalds on long Audax rides.

I clocked 92 miles round trip from Wetherby for the day out and had a much needed beer when I arrived home! I think Geoff and Bob were heading for a pub in Knaresborough having blown through the 100 barrier. Thanks to Nick for coming up with a lovely route and cafe.

Kathy