On a bright and sunny summer’s morning seven riders assembled at the Shambles. The group, led by Graham, consisted of Greg, Sean, Mike B, Geoff, Kathy and me, set off knowing that this was going to be hilly and so it proved to be. To get us in to the mood, the group made its way on a winding hilly route around the back of Collingham to Scarcroft and then through Bramhope and over the Chevin to Yeadon for our first scheduled stop at Mi Sucre for elevenses. Geoff couldn’t resist the temptation of a Welsh cheese scone and he was so excited that he decided to leave the group and rush home to tell his wife!
This left six of us to navigate our way to Haworth over the moors via Bingley, Harden, Cullingworth and Oxenhope. The cobbled hill up to Cafe Verde was made easier by groups of cheering schoolkids urging us on.
The cafe lived up to expectations and after talks about the state of our rivers and seas, concrete, floor screeds and house builders, we moved on.
There was to be no respite and after many ups and downs, including the notorious hill at Gooseye we ended up in a traffic jam going in to Silden. Safely negotiated, we then approached our last big hill of the day with a promise of ice cream in Ilkley.
From here, the usual route back to Otley was taken with Greg and me heading back to Leeds and the remainder on to Wetherby.
A tough but most satisfying ride in good company and great weather.
Approx 78 miles and 6000 feet of climbing.
Well done everyone.