Boston Spa to Thirsk, Tuesday 3rd October 2023, 67 miles

9 riders set off from Boston Spa on a damp and breezy morning in October namely Steve B, Steve B, Neil, Phil W, Pete, Stuart, Bob, Keith and me, Kathy. Rain jackets were the order of the day when we set off but luckily we were soon able to dispense with these. We split into 2 groups to allow for traffic management and given that everyone seemed to have a good idea of how to get to Thirsk this wasn’t going to cause any problems with directions.

I started off with the front group but 3 weeks off the bike was taking its toll and just before Knaresborough I decided to drop back to the group behind for hopefully a steadier ride. We made our way on through Boroughbridge and over the river turning right to Cundall picking up the westerly breeze which gave us a good boost. At Busby Stoop we had a phone call from the other group asking where we were. Expecting them to be in Thirsk finishing their lunch we said we would be about 20 minutes. They were in fact 20 minutes behind us still at Topcliffe having been on a scenic detour…

We tried to make use of the bike lane riding into Thirsk but it was in very poor condition. The road surface wasn’t much better however!

At the cafe in Thirsk, Upstairs Downstairs, every possible combination of americano coffee, beans, eggs, bacon and toast was ordered. The other group arriving just as we were finishing our food. We decided to stay together on the way back given that we were going to be on quieter roads anyway. Over lunch the merits of clincher tyres versus tubeless were discussed as well as the different types of tubeless repair kits! Stuart being an expert now following his double puncture a few weeks ago.

The route back took us through Sessay, over the Swale at Thornton Bridge and back to Boroughbridge. Steve P stopped for some chocolate in Boroughbridge as he was making the ride a 100 miler. Thank you Steve for a very welcome twix bar!

We decided to go back through the Dunsforths and Ouseburns instead of the soleless A168, being very careful as we rode over the speed bumps outside Queen Ethelburga’s School where Stuart had had his punctures previously. Steve B and Phil turned off back to Wetherby down Frank’s Lane just before Whixley. Very appropriate given that the Tuesday rides have been traditionally Frank’s ride. The rest of us took a detour around the train pulled into the station at Cattal under the bridge there and carried onto Walton and then back to Boston Spa.

Thank you everyone for another good ride and very enjoyable company.