Wetherby – Boroughbridge, Saturday 27th January 2024, 42 miles

An early (for me) start at 9am from the Shambles in Wetherby for the fabulous 3 Degrees: Pete C (Ride Captain), Steve B and Sean (old).

The excuses from our usual companions were legion despite a lack of forecast rain and only moderate winds so it was a small select group that set off North with a tail wind through Kirk Deighton to Knaresborough then Farnham on a route that seemed formed around the idea of turning in the opposite direction whenever we came upon a sign for Boroughbridge. This strategy took us through Copgrove before relenting and finally turning right in Bishops Monkton.

This turned the tailwind into a crosswind, so our pace dropped a little on the road to Roecliffe and finally snacks and coffee at the always excellent Plenty café in Boroughbridge. We were amongst a largely bike riding clientele but managed to beat the rush and got a table for 3 inside.

Suitably refreshed, we headed home in a moderate headwind via the Dunsfords and Whixley to Walton where Pete and I departed from Steve for the final couple of miles.

Thanks to Pete for organising the route – I arrived home exactly at 1pm as planned!

Sean C