Wetherby – Masham, Thursday 19th January 2024, 67 miles

Two ‘diehard’ Thursday Wheelers met in a cold, but sunny Shambles – me and Graham who had just become a Grandad (congratulations Graham). We set off for Masham, via Ripon, around 09:30 after waiting to see if there would be any other riders. We made pretty good time along the A168 to Boroughbridge and from there to Skelton where we encountered out first small section of icy road. After honing our bike skills in Skelton we made for Ripon and Café Nero where we had celebratory coffee and cake. Just as we were finishing we were joined by Dennis and so yet more coffee was consumed (thank you Dennis) before heading for Masham via North Stainley where we encountered some slush, due to a burst water main. Bike skills intact we made for West Tanfield and then, staying on the main road, to Masham. After a convivial lunch we made our way back to Wetherby via our traditional route – Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard (a small deviation to avoid potential ice) Bishop Monkton, Farnham (again a small deviation to avoid potential ice), Knaresborough and Little Ribston. All in all a good ride, with very little ice on the roads that we used (thank you Graham), in cold, but otherwise excellent cycling weather with some great views.

Mike Bo