Wetherby to Boroughbridge, Saturday 13th January 2023, 38 miles

Saturday 13th January ride to Boroughbridge by Pete Cartledge. The morning was bitterly cold and I was thinking, “Should I give it a miss?”. Car windscreens were iced up but I decided to ride to The Shambles as I haven’t ridden for a while. The cycle path from Boston Spa to Wetherby was a bit dodgy. Arriving at 9am Steve B, Bob L, Phil R and myself met up to decide our route. Steve B had planned for Knaresborough, Farnham, Bishop Monkton, Rawcliffe and Boroughbridge but we changed that to miss B. Monkton and head for Staveley and Minskip as the roads were iffy with footpaths frosty. As we went over the traffic lights at Knaresborough on to Chain Lane, I heard Phil shout “Stopping”. A spoke had snapped in his rear wheel! After altering the adjustment on the brake to allow the wheel to turn, Phil turned back to head for Spa Cycles for the repair, leaving the three of us to continue on to Plenty cafe for a welcome hot drink. On leaving, Phil Webb and his mate were just arriving, so I guess we kept their chairs warm! Riding back via the Dunsfords was uneventful other than it was still cold and a total of about 38 miles. We were all pleased that we made the effort to brave the weather!

Pete C