Wetherby – Riccall, Saturday 19th August 2023, 45 miles

Quite an eventful ride as it turned out for 6 club members. Steve B and Gavin met at the Shambles expecting Fred and possibly Bob J but they were conspicuous by their absence. Phil R had already posted his apologies as he had ridden the proposed route the day before. Steve and Gavin picked up en route Stuart, Bob L, Alec and me, Pete C near Windmill Hill. After a short discussion, we set off only to hear a shout as Gavin’s foot slipped off his pedal and he hit the deck. Fortunately only a graze to his knee and elbow. So, on to Toulston Lane, Stutton, Ulleskelf, Cawood and the cafe at Riccall. Alec had already phoned ahead to book a table. After bacon butties, scrambled eggs, cakes and coffee we then continued and joined the cycle path to Naburn and on to Copmanthorpe, Healaugh, and Wighill with Steve and I taking turns at the front but just after the roundabout at Thorp Arch as I was passing Steve to take my turn he either drifted out or I drifted in and our bodies touched. We were not going very fast at this point. Steve wobbled and hit the tarmac with a shout and thud, receiving nasty grazes to his arm and hand. After a short time, we resumed the ride, taking it easy. Alec and Gavin accompanied Steve back to Wetherby and Stuart, Bob and me turned off to B Spa. An unfortunate incident which is easily done but still shouldn’t have happened. I visited Steve later that day and he was ok, having taken his bike to Cycle Sense for a rear gear hanger. Fortunately, Steve is still talking to me! Only 40 miles for Bob, Stuart and me and about 50 for Steve, Gavin and Alec.

Pete C