Ride Reports

Something – anything – about each and every ride. How many, weather report, distance, coffee stop, mechanicals etc etc


  • WW Tuesday Ride to Dallow Moor, 16 July 2024. 67 miles .
    Comments off] A mixture of the weather, holiday and medical issues resulted in a low turnout. Or was it CBI, whichever, five Wheelers attended early morning prayers at BS church ready for action. Neil P, Keith R, Pete C, Dave W and me Steve B. Four of us had taken advantage of the Monday fine weather and had ridden the day before, well one sunny day a week is better than nothing. ☀️The forecast had improved over the previous 24 hours so no back sliding and Dallow Moor was the destination, Dallowgill. Keith and I showed our metal with bare arms and no jackets for the start, the remaining three being more circumspect. In addition Pete was sporting his replacement Summer bike for it’s first Club outing. Pete needed to turn early as he had family matters to attend to, we had not gone half a mile when his son rang, what time are you home Dad ? 😄😄 Our route out was the usual, over the Wharfe onto Wood Lane, the cycle path to Wetherby, Kirk Deighton etc towards Knaresborough. It wasn’t cold and the three circumspects sooned removed their rain jackets. Over the Nidd and through Halfpenny Lane before Pete peeled off towards Farnham and a loop home. We headed through Scriven, Lingerfield, Scotton, Brearton and Nidd to Ripley. It was along this section that blue sky and sunshine appeared, I kid you not. ☀️😊 Negotiating a traffic queue into Ripley we turned and headed up Scarah Bank. After Barkhouse Bank we turned onto Careless House Lane, I prefer to call it Graham’s lane as it is a regular approach he uses to the top end of Brimham Rocks. A short stop to catch our breath and a gel while admiring the view before we descended Blazefield Bank to Fellbeck. The signpost said Dallowgill, 4 miles, turn right. Back to climbing again, another right turn onto the Kirby Malzeard to Pateley Bridge road and we rode on towards KM. Before much further we arrived at the Devil’s Elbow, time for some pictures. Now Strava has a number of segments aptly described as the Devil’s Elbow, the Dragon Ride in South Wales springs to mind, here was another. I was planning to get a picture of the guys riding the Elbow, but after a pleasant domestic, Keith won the p The peloton on the Devil’s Elbow. Ramps up to 14%. Across the top of the moor and avoiding the woolly road furniture we headed to our next turn and Dallowgill itself. A brief guidance to the guys about the narrow lane and the poor road surface before we descended, taking my Ride Leader position seriously 😁. At the bottom of the descent we were greeted by a young deer 🦌 before he scarpered. Once climbing again we passed the Dallowgill Education centre and headed up to the moor. I’m pleased to report the three express locomotives waited again for the old tank engine at the top. 🚂 Thankfully no sheep to avoid as we started the last 4 miles to Kirby Malzeard. However we were on our guard on the narrow lane as a 4×4 had stopped to rescue a small hedgehog. The final ramps took us to the descent into KM. With most of the climbing done in the first 34 miles it was down to Ripon and Oliver’s Pantry. Ps. The Galphay road is still signposted as closed to traffic. Coffee and scram were very welcome. The final leg was through Ripon to Skelton and Boroughbridge. However not before an amusing moment. Prologue:- Last Saturday’s Social Ride early on as we headed to Aberford had a rider coming the other way, we were in wet weather gear, he had bare arms and summer gear etc, he called out, it’s supposed to be July. Back to the ride:- We were approaching the Highway’s compound on the left but coming the other way was an enormous new orange snowplough. Ever the dry humourest, Neil commented it could only happen in England, in July, a snowplough was out. The weather gods had leap frogged summer straight to winter. ❄️🌨️ From Boroughbridge our ride took us through the Dunsforths to Great Ouseburn, Thorpe Underwood and Whixley. We had enjoyed the breeze at our backs and continued to do so as we rode onto Cattal and Rudgate at a steady tempo. Approaching the Tockwith crossroads and skulking in a farm entrance was an old classic, the car or the driver ? ,🤨 We all waved and the driver waved back. It wasn’t until later we discovered it was Nick preparing for Bangers and Cash, old classics, anything for a moment of glory on the goggle box. Leaving Rudgate we rode to Walton where Keith and Neil headed for home and Dave escorted me back to Wetherby and home. A great ride guys and thanks for your caring in the community, namely me. NO RAIN 👌😄 and warm.
  • Wetherby to Otley, Sunday 14th July 2024.
    Comments Off] The destination was Fridaythorpe but a quick look at the weather forecast on Saturday evening dispelled this thought in most people’s eyes. Would anybody actually be out? It was decided to leave the decision until the Sunday morning. At 8.00am the weather was Ok and Pete Dack said he was on his way. Nick and myself (Graham) realised we couldn’t let Pete down and were now committed to turning up. The rain arrived at about 8.50 and I arrived in the shambles thinking about short rides. After a quick discussion Otley was approved and we set off. This was now proper rain and not particularly warm. We decided to get to The Leathley Farm Shop cafe in Pool and review. The highlight of the ride were the hot sandwiches we had there. Pete consumed the largest sausage roll I have ever seen. We were hoping that the weather would improve but sadly not. We decided to head for home. Pete went in to Otley and up the Chevin to Bramhope, Nick and I back the way we had come. I always look forward to July and those long sunny days. O, To be in England, Now that April is there. Mallorca anyone? Graham
  • WW Saturday Social Ride to Selby, 13 July 2024, 50 miles.
    On Friday evening the weather looked like light rain but fine at times around Bishop Monkton and Boroughbridge. However on Saturday morning the forecast had worsened in the northerly direction but seemed more favourable towards Riccall. So I decided to see how Phil W and Dave W felt about a change. Phil wanted a longer distance with a slightly longer loop, so as no one was in a rush I made the executive Ride Leader decision to go to Selby and the Hub Cafe. I had dressed in wet ride gear including a long bib to go with my winter wheels. Suffice to say the Dynamic Duo had more resilient physiques and braved the elements in their short bibs. Off we went on the A168 cycle path and then the road itself to head past Bowcliffe Hall. The approach is a short climb up to the lights with a gradient of 7%. I said to the guys the Tour de France peloton had nearly a 12 mile climb up the Tourmalet at an average gradient of 7% to negotiate. Our route took us to Aberford, Micklefield and on to the Great North road. Going through Aberford I needed to shout at a pedestrian as we hurtled down the hill who was about to cross the road in front of me. Phew ! From there we headed to Lumby, Monk Fryston and Hillam. The weather was true to form with a steady drizzle and light rain. Rolling onto Gateforth, Thorpe Willoughby our progress was only delayed by waiting for the east west trains to pass. Arriving at the Hub cafe, bacon and egg sandwich, large Cornish Pasty and eggs and beans on toast along with hot drinks were very welcome. The conversation covered Football, the dodgy penalty, and the pleasures of Mallorca cycling. It was a first for Phil at the Hub along with some of the lanes we travelled along. Our journey home took us over the river to Barlby and onto the cycle path to Riccall. From there we took the Kelfield road but turned on a narrow lane to Stillingfleet and Naburn. Over the Ouse and then to Copmanthorpe and the usual route home via Walton. I’m pleased to report the Dynamic Duo took long turns on the front to guide me back to Wetherby. Thanks guys. Despite the weather a good ride. Ps. Bob, further to Kathy’s recommendation to drink barley water, there is barley in beer so a gallon a night might be just the answer.
  • Wetherby to Bedale, Thursday 11th July 2024, 80 miles

    The weather was not inspiring as we met in the Shambles and warm tops were the order of the day for our ride to Bedale. The riders comprised Pete D (yours truly), Graham, Michael Brayley, Michael Bosomworth, Sean Fleischer, Steve P, Mark Lawrence, Dave Westerman, with Nick joining us en route.

    Graham had decided to utilise his vast knowledge of roads and add some variations into the traditional route. We headed off via the A168 where Nick joined us and continued to Walshford, Marton-Cum-Grafton, Lower Dunsforth and Boroughbridge to meet Dennis Moorhouse.
    Apparently, Dennis had changed his plans to ride with a small group from Knaresborough and was now meeting us at the coffee stop Melmerby, no problem.

    We continued on to Skelton-on-Ure, Marton-le-Moor, Rainton and arrived for coffee at the business park near Melmerby. Dennis and his companions were just finishing and leaving him to join us to Bedale as they returned home.

    Refreshments were taken, including a very large overstuffed with bacon sandwich for Sean as he was returning to Guiseley to complete his usual 100. Michael Bosomworth was leaving us also having had oral surgery earlier in the week and been struggling to eat, guess that’s one way to lose a few kilos.

    We headed North through Howgrave, Kirkligton, Carthorpe, Burneston, Excelby to our destination Bedale for lunch at The Tandem Cafe. This is a regular feeding station for us with good food etc and a welcome smile. The football was discussed, politics and current news items, typical murder and mayhem and that was just the football.

    We followed our outward route for our return as far as Melmerby where we turned towards Asenby, Cundall, with Geoff Morgan joining us near here for his return home with Dennis. We now continued on to Helperby, Aldwark toll bridge and Little Ouseburn where Dennis and Geoff left us to head for Knaresborough. The remaining group continued homeward bound with Nick leaving us for Tockwith and Graham and Dave hiving off to Wetheby at Walton. Leaving just Mike Brawley, Mark, Steve P and Pete D to continue home via Boston Spa.

    I was specially asked to note that at one point in the ride a rare occurrence took place causing a gasp from the bunch when Steve P dashed for the front and took the lead for some distance, wonders will never cease.

    Anyway, it was a very good ride and I’m sure all will agree Graham’s modified route was spot on and thank you Graham.

    Pete D

  • Ride Report – Masham – Sunday 7th July 2024
    Our planned ride from Easingwold to Whitby and back had been postponed only a few days ago, as the threat of heavy rain and thunder in the afternoon made an excursion over the North Yorkshire Moors less appealing, So, four of us decided to risk a shorter ride and met in The Shambles at 9am. After consideration of a few options, we decided a return route to Masham, having checked various favourite weather apps it was likely to be the driest route…… So ride leader Nic H, Steve B, Graham B and me (Phil W) headed north out of Wetherby. We went through Kirk Deighton, North Deighton and Little Ribston, continuing along Knaresborough Road and Wetherby Road, through Knaresborough via Halfpenny Lane and headed out, turning left towards Farnham. We cycled towards Copgrove, through Bishop Monkton and on towards Ripon via Littlethorpe, by which time we had just about finished discussing last night’s football, as England had reached the semi-final of the Euros on penalties. (We had started discussing it at Deighton Gates……) We followed Kirby Road outside of Ripon, heading through Sutton Grange and Grewelthorpe, so a few inclines before the welcome descent into Masham. The square was busy, with motor cyclists, a market and we were lucky to get seats in Johnny Baghdad’s Cafe on the Square for a late morning brunch and cuppa. Our route out started across the bridge over the River Are, taking the hill up towards Nosterfield, but turning right into West Tanfield, where we took a left along Moor Lane, and then followed Tanfield Lane into Wath. The clouds were gathering, there was rainfall in the distance and the other three (well prepared) riders were considering when to put their waterproofs on……mine was safely at home…… Turning right at Wath we went through Hutton Conyers, across Hutton Bank to Berrygate Lane and through Sharow just as it started to rain. Our leisurely pace quickened as we turned left along Skelton Lane, through Skelton, Langthorpe and into Boroughbridge, by which time the rain was increasingly heavy. Common sense dictated that we should take the direct route to Wetherby via the A168, being a 12 mile straight road through the now torrential rain. There were a group of motorcyclists sheltering from the downpour under a bridge as we charged past at pace, determined to get home! Nick headed home via Cowthorpe and the remaining three returned safely to Wetherby, pleased that the Whitby run had been deferred but equally happy to have had a run out…despite the weather! (Masham return, 62 miles.) Phil W
  • WW to Northallerton 4 July 2024
    Posted on behalf of Sean Christie WW to Northallerton 4 July 2024 Graham (capt), Phil, Sean (older), Sean (younger), Greg, Fred, Mike B (1), Mike B (2) and Steve set off from the Shambles on time at 9:30. It was a mainly sunny day but with a VERY strong westerly wind blowing. Graham chose Northallerton as the destination so a side wind was the feature of the ride but it always felt as if we were in a wind tunnel and the occasional westerly segments were very challenging. Nick joined us on the A168 as we headed to Boroughbridge which is where Dennis met the ride and Fred left us. We headed out of Boroughbridge towards Brafferton then Sessay and Dalton to Thirsk where we stopped for coffee at the Cafe Plenty. This is a very cyclist friendly establishment with cycling shirts on the walls (unless they were trophies taken from unwary riders who were never seen again!). After refreshments over half the party left for home leaving 5 (Graham, Phil, Dennis Mike Bosomworth and Sean) to push on to Northallerton. I had intended to return but was won over by Graham’s “it’s only another 12 miles to Northallerton” pledge and my knowledge that the route was flat. However, Graham’s route incorporated some North York Moors foothills and was a bit more challenging than I expected. The downhill run into Northallerton was countered by the headwind so I was ready for lunch even though it was only an hour after the coffee stop. We ate at the newly reopened Cafe Arcade. The new management were very friendly and the food was great but the coffee could do with an upgrade! From Northallerton we headed South West to Wadaby then through North and South Otteringam to Maunby. We continued South to Busby Stoop before turning west under the A1 until we were in Kirklington, due North of Ripon. This was the hardest part of the ride with a strong headwind and some wearing uphill sections. From there it was an easier run into Ripon then down though Bishop Monkton to Knaresborough were we said farewell to Dennis with only the 10 mile run back to Wetherby left to do. I had a moment of drama in Kirk Deighton where I skidded on gravel and hit the kerb hard but miraculously stayed upright. I had wondered earlier in the day whether to ride an extra 8 mile to do my first 100 of the year but all thoughts of that had long gone from my mind. All in all, Graham’s clever routing made a long, windy ride doable and I think we were lucky in that the wind direction changed from slightly SW going to slightly NW on the way back which did help a bit. Sean (old)
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  • WW Tuesday Ride to Thirsk via Kilburn and Boltby, 2 July 2024.
    As with last week we had a few members away but it didn’t deter the iron men and woman from getting out. Keith, Bill, Pete D, Graham (who joined us in Thorp Arch village), Kathy, Fred and me, Steve B. While we were staying more local , Steve Ward was on a reccee for Sundays ride to Whitby. 🚴‍♀️💪 A steady start saw us head out via Walton, Rudgate, Cattal, (waited for the train), and crossing the A59 to Whixley. Fred updated me on his London to Paris ride, which gave me the chance to ask about the logistics involved. A ride back on Eurostar capping it off. Not a cheap do though. Through Thorpe Underwood and onto Boat Lane to Aldwark Bridge. At this point Fred peeled off for home, presumably to rebuild his brownie points. The wind, from the NW, was expected to increase in strength for the afternoon so we didn’t push too hard. After Aldwark Bridge we rode through Aldwark, Flawith, Tholthorpe to Raskelf. From here we turned in the direction of Thornton Bridge but then another right to Husthwaite and Coxwold. At Husthwaite Bill turned towards Easingwold leaving just the Famous. 😊 Coming into Coxwold we were briefly joined by Dennis, Geoff, Ian and A N Other. They were heading towards Byland. Geoff had posted we should do Boltby Bank as we were passing it, suffice to say he didn’t join us, wrong gears on his bike apparently. 😂😂 I wonder if Dennis was taking him up Wass Bank? With three of us stopping to chat to them it gave Keith a chance to record us for posterity. Onto Kilburn and the few climbs we needed to ride over. This weight loss and desire to attempt to keep up meant a PR for me on the Wood Lane climb. 👌 On the descent it is necessary to be mindful that a right turn approaches enabling us to get to the A170 and Sutton under Whitestone Cliff. A short turn on the main road and we turn for Thirlby. The next set of lanes were new to all of us until we got to Boltby and turned for Felixkirk. I can say that Pete D on the front had been very controlled after scorching me last week. The scenery was brilliant and glad I slotted in the loop. Well time for coffee and scram but not before some photos. Spot the good looking one 😊 A descent into Thirsk and the Upstairs Downstairs Cafe. However who should be patrolling outside was Gary Shooter. I think he was looking for Pete C and his bike remuneration. 😂😂 After a catch up we enjoyed beans on toast, scrambled eggs and salmon plus flapjack for Keith although they didn’t have his first choice. It was a leisurely affair covering the forthcoming Whitby ride and football. Time to head home after an hour’s relaxation. With a cross tailwind we set off through Sowerby, Dalton, Sessay to Thornton Bridge and Boroughbridge. The tempo now much higher with all taking turns except the protected rider in the form of Keith. He is relied on by me to make sure we don’t lose anyone, unless its me. Once onto the A168 the pace quickened further and that is by far the fastest run I have done from BB. Pete D and Graham were totally on it. Once through Wetherby we went our separate ways, I just needed to make sure the outlanders were through the Town boundary. Many thanks for a great ride, good to see Kathy as well as our paths haven’t crossed recently. End
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Allerthorpe, 25 June 2024.
    A motley crew of Bill, Pete C, Pete D, Mark L, Keith, guest appearance by John Baker and me. We were eventually found and joined by Graham, more on that later. The plan was to go via Barmby Moor, Yapham and Meltonby before turning back through Pocklington to Allerthorpe Lake Park. Pete C needed to be back by 3 ish as his son was visiting and Bill said he might turn early also. I decided to go out via Healaugh to Catterton and Colton before picking up the usual route to Naburn. Bill told me of the old club competition of free wheeling and how far you could get. Apparently starting at the top of the incline into Bilborough you were allowed one downward push on the pedal and off you went, accompanied by the Marshall to check there was no cheating!! Bill as a past winner seemed to think I would have been a strong contender with my bike. I’m sure weight would have been a decisive factor as well. After crossing the river we took Howden lane to Crockey Hill, Wheldrake , Elvington and Sutton on Derwent. At Crockey Hill John Baker peeled off, it was good to see him. The tempo had been close to the limit, certainly for me and Pete D who was clearly on a good day kept us all honest. At Sutton Bill and Pete C decided to go via Melbourne to the cafe leaving the rest of us to take the low road to Barmby Moor, Yapham and Meltonby. The pace got faster with Keith, Pete and Mark on a charge. It was at this stage Graham finally found us and joined the group, thankfully for me he loaned me his wheel. I said I had gone to great lengths to keep him guessing which way we went 😂😊, he had taken the alternatives to our outward ride. No keeping a good man down. The ride along Feoffee lane is a pleasant one as is the route via Y and M to Pocklington. Arriving at the cafe Pete C and Bill were still there but seeing us resulted in their early escape. 😂😂 Well they needed to be back early. Beans on toast as usual were popular along with a dessert, well we had been riding hard! Our route home was Melbourne, Wheldrake, Escrick, Kelfield, Cawood, Ulleskelf, Stutton and Bramham. Suffice to say I started on the front to keep the speed steady but you can’t hold Remco Evenepoels training partner back, he was at it again with Graham, Mark and Keith egging him on. 😊😊 They stopped shortly before we turned to Kelfield to allow me medication in the form of jelly babies and to catch up. Can’t complain it was a cracking ride. Negotiating various road works and lights around Ulleskelf we turned for home and we flew up the incline from Stutton, well I dreamt I did. 💪😊😂 Once at Bramham we peeled off for home. Graham and I went down Windmill Lane before he took me on a section of cycle path at Clifford I had not used before coming out at the roundabout by the A168. Got to say a top day and thanks to everyone. End
  • WW Saturday Ride to Pool Bridge Cafe at Crockey Hill, 22 June 2024.
    Pleasingly the weather was kind as Phil R, myself and a welcome appearance from Glyn met at the Shambles. We were to meet Bob L and Pete C at the top of Windmill Hill for our Saturday Social Ride. We managed to fool them as we didn’t take Windmill Lane but still needed to climb to the same point but by New Road and High Street. All assembled we set off via Stutton to the A162 and Raw Lane. We had a gentle tailwind taking us through Ulleskelf, Ryther and Cawood. For a change we went through Kelfield picking up the road to the A19 and Escrick before turning towards Wheldrake. It is a sharp left to Crockey Hill and the cafe two miles back. Our timing was perfect as the cafe was quiet allowing us time to choose a table outside and place our orders. The cafe is part of an open water swimming facility with two saunas, and a caravan park. Being a warm day the swimming was popular with a number of ladies, presumably a club, all descending on the cafe while we were there. One lady was on her own and I assumed she had been sent to Coventry! She said she liked the peace and tranquility. 😊 Our food was good, Bob and I partaking the scrambled eggs, while bacon sandwiches were also popular. Alas time to get back. From Crockey Hill we headed via Howden lane to Naburn, Acaster Malbis and Copmanthorpe. The final leg being the usual Wighill and Walton where we said our cheerios and headed home. It had been a decent tempo both out and back plus for Glyn his longest ride for a while, he hadn’t topped 100 for the week for quite some time. Thanks guys.
  • Wetherby Wheelers Ride Report Saturday 29 June 2024, Tockwith 100km Audax

    Report by Martin (an interloper)

    How lucky am I? The Audax was full, I’m not even a member of Wetherby Wheelers and I still bagged a ride on the Audax. Thank you who ever dropped out!

    Nick and I rode out from Moorside to the sign-on in Tockwith Village Hall where we met Steve and Pete. Around 30 riders set off at 09:30 for the 100 km route under gloomy skies and light rainfall. Seeing us off, organiser Nick Folkard announced that he was relieved an entrant had dropped due to a heart attack on the day before the ride – and not during it!

    With the westerly winds mainly behind us we set off to Easingwold where we had the first “free” control. No calls for cake or coffee but the stop enabled us to despatch with our capes as the rain had abated.

    On the run into Boroughbridge we bumped into Geoff (Jeff?) who had made a later start who joined us. Steve had got ahead of us as we reached the roundabout on the B6265 where great confusion abounded. Everyone thought he’d gone into the town for a coffee but we’d decided to press on to Ripon. Pete went into the town to bring him back though it transpired he had actually continued in the road to Ripon. I think Keystone Kops is a cultural reference that will be understood by most and is quite fitting to describe the ensuing action.

    We were soon off again “gruppo compatto” and on the road into Ripon we came across Bob who had also ridden out to accompany us. An excellent choice of cafe was Oliver’s Pantry where we enjoyed quite a leisurely break.

    The next control was at Fountains Abbey and after the drop down to Fountain Hall we had the steep climb up to Sawley Hall followed by the very steep descent into Hebden Wood and then the greater than 1 in 20 ramp out of it which had some of us resorting to walking.

    With the wind behind us again soon Markington and Bisop Monkton were despatched where Bob and Geoff (Jeff?) left us.

    In a cafe in Boroughridge we chatted with three ladies from York who were doing the Audax where reasonable coffee was marred by very substandard flapjack. On the last section down through the Dunsforths the pace quickened a little and by 16:30 we were signing off at the finish control in Tockwith.

    This was a well-organised Audax with a fantastic route and comes highly recommended. I think I’ll have to join Wetherby Wheelers after this generous introduction.

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  • Wetherby to Haworth, Thursday 27th June 2024, 72 miles
    The starters this week were Glyn, Nick, Sean Christie, Geoff and Graham. Everyone had already informed me that they were all going to turn at the coffee stop in Guisley and there was some disappointment that at least one “unknown” had not appeared. We were going to head through Collingham, Thorner and North Leeds but had to divert to meet Ian at Geoff’s request. So normal route out through Sicklinghall. Then down to Harewood Bridge and up Creskeld Lane. We had coffee in Mi Sucre in Guisley and I had a mental debate about whether or not to abandon going to Haworth. Glyn headed for a short ride home and it was great to see him back out on a Thursday. Geoff and Nick headed for Otley and I pointed Sean in the right direction for the Cow and Calf. Since I was already well on the way towards Bingley I headed towards Dick Hudsons. I had lunch in Cullingworth, passed through Haworth without stopping and took Lord Lane to Oakworth. Then it was Goose Eye, Laycock, Steeton and Silsden. Between Silsden and Ilkley there was a light shower but nothing horrible and made my way to La Stazione for an afternoon Coffee. I just made it home for 5.00. Graham
  • Wetherby – How Stean, Sunday 23rd June 2024


    Destination Howstean
    Weather. Good at last

    Defeated by Trapping Hill.! Boo

    Sunday Morning in the Shambles and there are Graham, Pete D., Bill and me ready to go , Geoff having made a late cancellation. We had a quick coffee at Ripley and continued up and down to Pately Bridge where, as planned earlier, Bill left to ride back and watch some tennis on ’t telly. That’s now three of us on the pleasant road up Nidderdale, past Gouthwaite reservoir – with loads of classic MG’s , to Lofthouse and Howstean Gorge and lunch. We agreed to take Trapping Hill and the road to Masham. Trapping Hill, as all Wheelers know has a steep start, a moderate (relatively) middle bit and a steep bit before a long drag. I was doing OK up to the second steep bit but then………Reader, I walked it. Just for a few yards. Something is trying to tell me something. Oh well,- it just meant that Pete and Graham had to wait a little longer at the cattle grid. The highlights of this route are the the road up the valley , the good café (at Howstean), and then the moor top ride mostly down hill to Masham which was especially good with the sunshine and following wind .
    We sped past Masham, West Tanfield, paused in B’bridge and parted happily on the A168 . Great day.

  • WW Tuesday Ride to Snaith, 18 June 2024.
    I had deliberated on which route to choose for the Tuesday trundle, in the end fancying Holme on Spalding Moor. However as is often the case cafes can be closed early in the week and this was the case at H on SM. I wasn’t keen on diverting to Market Weighton or Allerthorpe although they would have supplied excellent fayre. In discussion with Keith he suggested Snaith and as we hadn’t used it as a destination what a good call. Keith agreed to map a Strava course, since he had a couple of sweet variations, which took in Ferrybridge and Knottingley, which apart from him we hadn’t used before as an approach to Womersley. Plus our return was to make use of a very quiet lane back from Snaith. Today’s runners and riders were Keith, Neil, Pete C, Bob L, Bill, Nick, Dave W and your very own Hack. The route was 57 miles in view of the likelihood of rain later. Good to see Bill back, who had been busy replacing an old boiler. 🥰 Leaving BS we took the usual route to Aberford and Micklefield, heading down the Great North road, it was here Pete C took a rest claiming a dropped chain. To be fair his hands were covered in oil afterwards. Moving on we came to Brotherton where despite my Garmin Keith took the lead. As we rode from Brotherton to Ferrybridge we needed to negotiate the dual carriageway and pleasingly there was a cycle/pedestrian path enabling us to bypass it. From here we crossed the old original bridge which I have to say looked out of place following all the changes. The first bridge was erected in 1839 and then sold to Dorset, excellent Yorkshire business. 😊 A second one was built by 1896 and having ridden over it, definitely worth an inspection. Riding through Ferrybridge and Knottingley took us back out into the country and Womersley. Turning east we headed for Pollington on a road none of us had experienced before, excellent choice and a straight one as well. Arriving at Snaith we coffeeed and ate at the Bon Appetit cafe in the main street. With seating both inside and outside at the rear we found a suitable location. Keith reminded us that the WW website had a map/list of cafes in the country. Leaving Snaith we headed north over the river and at Carlton turned through the village to pick up a tremendous lane which I believe we never met a car either way! A short turn on and off the main road and we were heading to Burn on another quiet lane, crossing the the A19 and heading to Brayton. We were now on familiar territory as we went through Thorpe Willoughby to Cawood and Ulleskelf. Pete C had another short rest as his chain was playing up. No we weren’t pulling it . 😂 Finally up through Stutton to Bramham where we all peeled off for home. Well done to Keith on the route variations, Bill who was keen to get his fitness back and Bob for getting through his longest ride this year. Neil was his usual solid self. 💪 Dave and I accompanied Nick back to Tockwith before heading to Wetherby. A spot of licking up to the Chairman. After we all got got home it hammered it down. 🌧️💧🌧️
  • Ride Report – Thursday 20th June – Burnsall – 69 miles
    A fine group of riders met in the Shambles on a day promising great weather, comprising Steve W (Leader), Sean F, Michael B, Greg C, Neil P, Kathy V, Pete D, Glyn F and me, Phil W. It was good to see Glyn after time off through injury, to join us for part of the ride. Steve W had chosen a challenging route, shorter than normal but with the aim of returning in time to watch the England V Denmark game, for those who wanted to. As a result, he planned a single lunch stop at Burnsall being circa 69 miles return, with around 5,000 feet of climbing along a scenic route within the Yorkshire Dales. We left Wetherby following the normal route west to Sicklinghall, towards Kirby Overblow but turning left down Kearby Cliff towards the Harrogate/Leeds A61road junction where we met Ian. We cycled to Dunkeswick, Weeton, down Wescoe Hill Lane, turning left through Castley and along the River Wharfe towards Poole-in-Wharfdale. We cycled towards Leathley, turning left to climb Farnley Lane, into the outskirts of Otley, where Glyn headed home as planned. The remaining group continued north of the river though Weston, Askwith and along Denton Lane into Ilkley. Staying along the north and east of the Wharfe we passed Ilkley Golf Club, cycled through Beamsley, turning left at the A59 junction towards Bolton Bridge, at this point Ian left us to head back towards Harrogate. On leaving Bolton Bridge we took the direct, picturesque route to Burnsall, passing the Tithe Barn, Barden Tower, Bolton Abbey and arriving at the Riverside Cafe in Burnsall, for a well earned lunch. On leaving we took the climb to Appletreewick, with Simon’s Seat to our right, where Sean F left the group to head home. The remaining riders continued the climb up New Road to the Hebden Road junction, past Stump Cross Caverns and through Greenhow turning south east along Redlish Road where at 50 miles, yours truly had a puncture. Thanks to all for waiting and especially to Pete D and Greg C for helping out! We later crossed the A59, before turning along Penny Pot Lane, down Pot Bank, through Burn Bridge before heading to Kirby Overblow, Sicklinghall and into Wetherby, arriving before 4pm. Those who wanted to watch the game, did so….but it was not as enjoyable as the ride! Thanks to Steve, a great route and we made the most of a sunny day. Phil W
  • Sunday
    Sunday 16 June. Billed as the Memorial Ride when we meet up with a few who used to ride with us in times past and some friends of others who are no longer with us. Nick, Bob J, Steve B and Michael Brawley had a good send off from some old friends in Wetherby and with some additional company set off to meet Pete C en route. We took the Old Great North Road through Micklefield but later turned off it to go via Lumly and Monk Fryston to the rendezvous at Birkin where more were seated en plain air (that’s enough French) with their coffee and cake. We joined in. The craic went on a long time, (multilingual now), so nobody had much enthusiasm for a longer ride but we took a few loops on the way home to top it up a bit. The weather wasn’t all that good but better than it had been on Saturday for the BBQ Glad that Stuart could get there with his leg in a pot. Of course he didn’t ride -he’s good but not that good.
  • Wetherby to Cusworth Hall, 13th June 2024, 89 miles.
    Comments off] This was a day of people arriving and disappearing at will. Nine people made it to Cusworth Hall for lunch. They were Graham, Pete, Greg, Kathy, Steve B, Steve W, Steve P, Phil and Michael B. Another four made it to Birkin and then made their way home for a shorter ride. They were Nick, Geoff, Ian and Sean F. Great to see Nick back. Steve Ward has volunteered to organise next weeks ride. Disappointed about the light rain on the way home but otherwise an enjoyable day out.
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Pickering, 11 June 2024.
    I had planned for a drive and ride to start at Easingwold and ride to Pickering and back. However a mixture of holidays, illness, injuries and hospital appointments conspired to make for a low attendance, or maybe they didn’t fancy it. As a result only four were up for the adventure. They were Neil, Dave W, Keith and your resident Hack, in addition they decided to ride from home making it a full circuit. We have Pickering on the Sunday runs card so getting out that way for some different lanes meant making an effort, since it isn’t a regular destination. I met the three in Easingwold sat on a park bench looking blankly at their surroundings, three flowerpot men. 😊🪴 As no one else was expected we were away before the scheduled start. Our route took us initially to Crayke and the castle is visible from the approach. Apparently the castle dates from the 15th century however to look at it, it doesn’t resemble the traditional castle appearance. As lots of places the church had their hands on it as it was originally attributed to Bishop Hugh Pudsey. Charging up the hill through the village while dodging an articulated truck we headed for Brandsby. The village toponymy (there’s a word for you, who knows the definition), is of Scandinavian origin named after a Norseman called Brand. The main climb of the day is Brandsby Bank which is a good leg warmer and the three flowerpot men left me to grind it out. Turning east we rode to Hovingham which has a splendid looking hall. From there it is 4 miles along the Malton Road before turning north at Barton le Street. We were now into the wind but with hedge row protection and quaint villages to enjoy, plus an appearance by the sun further enhanced our ride. Passing through Butterwick, Salton and Normanby we emerged on the road into Marton where we turned and headed on the final leg to Pickering. Marton is a lovely village and it was time for a photo. At least you can see my bike and gilet removed to display the Club strip. Arriving at Pickering we found we had missed our train so headed for the Ropery cafe instead. Sat outside we tucked into beans on toast, poached egg, sausage and egg sandwiches plus flapjack, ( Keith is addicted), accompanied by coffee. The latter could be better but very good value for money. We had removed our jackets and gilet as it was warm out of the wind. While the three put their jackets back on ready for the return, I felt brave enough to manage without. Within a mile I had it back on. In fact it got cooler as the day wore on. Initially retracing our route there is a bridge over the old railway line and here we turned left heading south towards Amotherby. The views from this narrow lane on the ridge were excellent in all directions and with a gentle tailwind we took full advantage. Beware there is a sharp left hander at the bottom of a descent. Crossing the Malton road at Amotherby we had a mile steady climb upto the Coneysthorpe road where turning right we headed to the cross roads and turned south along the Castle Howard Road. Probably the most traffic experienced here as we past the Obelisk and went through the walled arch entrances. We turned west again heading to Bulmer, another quaint village and time for another photo stop. Instruction to me, no more selfies, clearly frighten the natives. Need to go to Specsavers since my view in the mirror doesn’t match the camera. 😂 A spot of action, down the Bulmer descent and up the climb, thanks for waiting guys. From here we were back on more well known terrain, Sheriff Hutton, Farlington, Stillington, and into Easingwold. We stopped to allow Dave to ring home to get an extension of time for the ride. We took the opportunity to devour some nutrition, Neil being extra ravenous, Mars bar and an apple. 😊🍎 The last 20 miles took the usual route, Alne then over the Aldwark Bridge to Thorpe Underwood. We turned right to take the Whixley village road and crossing the A59 and onto the narrow lane negotiating the level crossing, no time for train spotting. Finally up the A168 to Wetherby where Dave and I peeled off leaving Keith and Neil to ensure they got a ton achieved. Well done chaps. Thanks guys a great day out, weather remained fine and home for 4pm.
  • WW Saturday Social Ride to Birkin, 8 June 2024.
    Six out, Phil R and Michael Brawley (guest appearance), met me at the Shambles. Bob L and Pete C at Bowcliffe Hall and Pete D at Aberford. A fine day but a strong westerly wind. We set off South on the A168 cycle path and then the A168 proper. In a very short time we ran into the parked traffic queuing for the Bramham Horse Trials. I had forgotten they were on this weekend. Weaving in and out delayed our arrival to collect the others. Once together we rode through Aberford and Micklefield towards the Great North Road. We turned left down Westfield Lane and then right to Lumby. We now had a tailwind. Through Monk Fryston and Hillam. It was here the roads were wet but thankfully we had missed the shower. Birkin Fisheries cafe continues to be a favourite with cyclists from all around, in fact that was all that were there. Still a cash only establishment. Pete C covered his Scotland trip, Fraserburgh looks a lovely coastal town. Pete D had been busy with household chores before his good wife was expected home. Suitably refreshed we headed to West Haddesley and Gateforth. From there Thorpe Willoughby. At this point we were across the wind and occasionally into the wind. Come’eth the hour come’eth the man. Despite due to ride with the Valley Striders over Park Rash on Sunday, Michael went straight to the front and towed all of us to Church Fenton and Ulleskelf, only having a breather to allow Pete D to take a turn. The superlative six stayed together through Stutton and onto Toulston Lane where we then took our separate ways home. Many thanks to Michael our guest rider for his work on the front. An appearance by Phil was also welcome, he had run out of excuses. 😊 Good to see Bob getting back to his old self. Thanks guys, enjoyed the ride.
  • Wetherby to Barnoldswick, 6th June 2024, 90 miles.
    Just a few words to finish off Steve’s ride report. There were 12 people involved in yesterdays ride. Eight peeled off at various points with myself, Phil, Kathy and Steve Ward making it to Barnoldswick. We left the cafe in the square in Barnoldswick at about 2.35 and made it back into Wetherby just after 6.00pm. This included a stop by the bridge in Ilkley for an ice cream. Kathy left us at Askwith to add a few extra hills. We did have a brisk head wind going but the reward was a good tail wind home. Plenty of sunshine and an enjoyable day out. Just under 6,000 feet of climbing. Graham
  • WW Thursday Ride, 6 June 2024, Barnholdswick but turned early at Bolton Bridge.
    This is a supplementary report as I turned early. I felt it was worth covering my alternative effort. The weather was sunny and fine but there was a stiff westerly wind. Graham had assembled a strong unit for the day’s ride. Mike B, Steve W, Ian, Sean C , Sean F , Phil W, Pete D and Mark L. We were due to collect Denis at the A61 and Kathy at Farnley. Our route was straight into the wind and out via Sicklinghall, Weeton, Castley, Farnley and Otley. As I was off the back I agreed with Graham to take the flat route of the Arthington road and Otley road with Graham pacing me while the others stuck to the pukka route. We were due to meet them at Billams Hill where Graham said he would wait leaving me to ride on via Asquith, Nesfield and Beamsley to the cafe at Bolton Bridge. I now had no wheel to follow. With the weather and scenery bright I took the opportunity to make a couple of stops to take a few photos. It was at the second the peleton past me. At the cafe scones, toasted tea cakes and coffee were the order of the day but I stuck to my beans on toast. 😊 It was here I discovered Mike and Mark had turned at Ilkley. Sean C who had also planned to turn early ventured back the same way but not before an ascent of Langbar. 👌 I had decided to turn as the pace and wind were proving too much. Dennis indicated he would only go to Skipton and Pete D also felt inclined to head back. His route again being Ilkley, Otley and a tour of Eccup Reservoir. In my case I had not ridden this next leg for a while and decided it was worth the effort. Heading out via Barden Tower, Skyreholme and Stump Cross Caverns, not literally. 😊 The first 10 miles included 1500 feet of climbing and I still had not reached the top of Greenhow. The views made up for it though. Once at the top, gilet back on as it was chilly in the wind, ready for the fun. Duck Street is slightly downhill and with a tailwind I was pushing 30 mph all the way to Stonehouse Crossroads. From there onto Menwith Hill Road, ignoring Pennypot lane, and then down through Birstwith followed by a climb up past Clint. The next leg was Burnt Yates, Ripley, Nidd, Scotton, Farnham, Knaresborough and into Wetherby. A great ride even though I missed the full official route , plus chapeau to those that made it. Finally spare a thought for the D Day commemorations as I suspect we all had family who would have been involved.
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Masham, 4 June 2024, 69 miles.
    ]comments off] There must be some changes within the Weather Gods since previously it was March Winds 💨💨💨, now it’s June Winds 💨💨💨 as well. No let up most of this week either. The turn out was low, clearly the threat of rain, holidays, illness, injuries etc took its toll. Or was it me being insufferable. 😊 Three mountain men met at BS church, Keith, Dave W and you’re resident Hack. Maybe I should report on the two Wussers on the TV last night as well. 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️ The wind was from the SW and was forecast to move more to the west and the strength increase as the day went. To be fair I wasn’t expecting too much rain. Our route took us to Wetherby via Wood Lane and the cycle path, from there out through Kirk Deighton, Little Ribston to Knaresborough. Approaching Farnham it started to drizzle and became more light rain, jacket on. Again to be fair it only lasted about 3 miles. The roads were wet but soon dried out. From Copgrove we headed through Bishop Monkton and into Ripon. Time to take off the jacket before we started the climb up Kirby Road to Grewelthorpe. With the high hedgerows the wind wasn’t too much of a problem. The guys kept me at it and ensured I got a PB for my efforts, don’t look as it is nothing to write home about. 🚴‍♀️😊 Once through Grewelthorpe there is a great descent to Masham, no brakes needed. Arghh 🚴‍♀️ Heading to Johnny Bagdads, Dave said its cheaper at the Border Cafe so in we went. Coffees, flapjack and beans on toast, quick service as well. Dave said had we seen any of the TV programs on the D Day landings. No, but I had seen similar ones before and this prompted a conversation on the heroics of planes limping home avoiding buildings as they came into land. We have the plaque at Tockwith where the pilot avoided the village although the Postmaster lost his life, there is a Plaque at Norton le Clay, Nick had stopped to show us commerating those who had fallen and then there were two plaques at Great Ouseburn. Dave rolled out the tragic story of the De Haviland Flamingo carrying high ranking Russians in 1942. The British pilot managed to avoid the church but all were lost in the crash. Hence two plaques, English and Russian. Leaving the cafe there were a few spots of rain in the wind but these disappeared very quickly and pleased to report it stayed dry all the way home. Our ride took us to West Tanfield where a short stop for me to get my £10 note back at the shop from 2 months ago, when we were on the Leyburn Sunday ride with Nick. My change had a faulty note. Thanks ladies. Riding on. Keith was deep in conversation on the merits of watching Peaky Blinders, not seen it so best follow it up. With the help of the wind we made Wath, Hutton Conyers, Skelton and Boroughbridge in good time. In fact at Boroughbridge I commented on how far we appeared to have come even though it was only 19 miles. Heading out of BB to Aldboro the warning sign of the Giant Hogweed was still there, hammer down, never mind the lady pedestrian if she gets attacked, look after myself. The Dunsforths are always a pleasant ride and after Ouseburn and Thorpe Underwood we elected to go through Whixley village and back on the lane to the A168 and home. Dave and I peeled off leaving Keith to meander back to Bramham.
  • WW Sunday Ride to Stamford Bridge, 1 June 2024, 60 miles.
    Nick who normally leads Sunday was recovering from his fall and assigned Graham to take charge. Arriving at the Shambles were Graham, Bill and today’s Hack, Steve B. We decided Cracoe be replaced with a ride east. Route out via Wighill, Healaugh and Askham Bryan through York. I had not ridden through York this year so was interested in the road changes adjoining the station. It looked like they were building an overpass next to the Town Walls? Well we will see how it develops. Passing the Minster we were welcomed by the peel of bells 🔔. Taking the Stockton on Forest road and then turning right to Holtby and Warthill we went in from the other side to Breezy Knees. Coffee was good but the tray cakes Graham and Bill chose were barely bigger than a postage stamp! 💮 Bill was thinking of turning early but I managed to drug his coffee and talk him into the full circuit. Riding towards Stamford Bridge we took the cycle path bringing us out at the old Railway Station, from there Wilberfoss, Sutton on Derwent , Elvington and Wheldrake. We had been riding a good tempo as Bill was cracking the whip for a perfect lead out from Graham and me. As we were into the wind after SB, the plan was another cafe stop. Unfortunately the Italian cafe at Wheldrake was closed so onto Pool Bridge Farm on the Crockey Hill road. Another set back, the queue was out of the door, grrr. Third place lucky, Strawberry Fields Cafe at Crockey Hill, serious biker stop. The outside was packed with motorcycles and their owners. Despite not having engines on our bikes we were welcomed and eggs on toast (no butter on mine) and sausage sandwich accompanied our coffees. The final route was Howden lane, Acaster Malbis, Copmanthorpe, Healaugh, Wighill and Walton. The wind had been light but clearly much stronger for the last 10 miles. We said our goodbyes as we made our own ways home. Bill needed a Sunday Times paper, not sure riding 60 miles to get one is my thing. 😂 Thanks guys, a good day out.
  • WW Saturday Ride to Bishop Monkton and Boroughbridge, 1 June 2024, 40 miles.
    Bob L had messaged shortly before the start to say he had a stomach upset so wouldn’t be joining us, which meant Mark and I were the only ones riding. How wrong could I be, as when I arrived a blast from the past was waiting in the Shambles. The tall Marvel from Leeds, Glyn, had ridden across. He had ridden over before and then ridden straight back, but not today, he was up for some punishment. 😊 There was a northerly wind to contend with for our outward leg to Bishop Monkton, passing Knaresborough, Farnham and Copgrove. Once we turned out of the wind the job got easier. Passing through Roecliffe we past a sign saying Historic Church, Open. I said to Mark, I thought all churches were historic, when did Persimmon last build one. Our stop was at cafe Plenty where cake, bacon and black pudding sandwich and poached eggs on dry toast accompanied our coffees. Special thanks to Glyn who paid for our goodies as a belated February birthday. Leaving BB we headed to Aldboro again passing another road side sign, Beware Giant Hogweed, thankfully the Triffid was having a rest from attacking humans. With the wind giving welcome support we rode through the Dunsforths, Great Ouseburn to Thorpe Underwood. Again another road side warning, this time at Great Ouseburn, Beware pedestrians! 🚶‍♀️🚶🚶‍♂️ We headed to Cattal and onto Rudgate, I suggested we avoided doing a Nick somersault. 🚴‍♀️ 💥 Arriving at Walton we went our separate ways home. Not before issuing medicinal jelly babies. Big well done to Glyn who got 60 miles in for the day. Thanks guys enjoyed the ride and we enjoyed some fine weather. ]end]
  • Thursday 30th May – Leyburn 83 miles

    I met the Wheelers in Boroughbridge where they had made good time cycling into a strong northerly headwind.  10 of us were out for a day trip to Leyburn, Graham, Michael, Mike, Pete, Steve P, Steve W, Dennis, Ian, Sean F and myself. Coffee stop at Melmerby, too cold to sit outside but at least no rain.

    Fully refreshed we continued north into the headwind to Bedale where Sean left us, before bearing west towards Leyburn along some lovely quiet rolling country lanes.  I was just discussing crank lengths with Steve W (as you do on a long ride), when I managed to jam my chain between my chainrings and the front mech coming to an abrupt halt. Luckily Mike was on hand to apply some brute force to the crank to release the chain and I was soon on my way again. 

    We had lunch in Leyburn at the Posthorn Tea rooms, a very friendly member of staff managed to squeeze us all inside and even served us beans on toast, going off menu.  Much appreciated!!  Discussion soon turned to the elections and a review of previous elections and politicians going back as far as the 1970s.  At least we don’t have to choose between Trump and Biden!

    The ride home involved a lot of downhill with the wind behind us so we made good time to Ripon, again following some lovely quiet lanes with very little traffic that Graham knows.  The way back from Ripon was the usual way through Littlethorpe and then through Bishop Monkton where I turned up the hill for home.  The rest of the group continued through Knaresborough back to Wetherby.  Great day out and managed to dodge the rain showers and keep dry!

    Kathy

  • WW Tuesday Ride to Selby.
    Dave W and I rode across to BS Church in time for our 9.15 start. Despite being early we couldn’t beat Mark who was waiting when we arrived. Bob L, Keith, Neil and Pete D soon followed and our company was further enhanced with Nick, I can’t make it, joining as well. Pete C was away enjoying the rain ☔️ in Scotland. The weather promised rain by midday so a shorter route was planned. After a quick update on my ailments we set off through Bramham to Aberford and Micklefield. This initial stage was into the wind but thankfully not too strong. An update on Watsapp by Gavin, a bite causing an infection just goes to show what a susceptible lot we were and we were later to hear Nick also was to join the club of invalids. Continuing down the Great North Road to Fairburn we turned east out of the wind towards Burton Salmon. Nick needed to be back early and he left us as we headed to Hillam, Birkin, West Haddesley, Gateforth and Selby. The pace was steady and after Fairburn rain jackets were donned but as usual it didn’t last long although it did start again as we rode into Selby. With the kind weather, the steady conversations continued in the peleton as we caught up on the gossip and each other’s ailments. As was often the case the barriers were down waiting for the goods train to pass, which seemed to go on for ever. Our usual watering hole of the Hub was busy and as it was raining we decided to try Violets cafe round the corner. Plenty of space and slightly up market in appearance. The inside was decked out with artificial flowers and foliage 🌷but thankfully the American WW2 bomber overhead had its bomb doors closed. ✈️ There were only two people serving so it was a longer wait than usual, however the food was freshly made and good. Especially the toasted panini’s and salad. While we were there the rain started and stopped and started again, this time heavier. Rain ☔️ 🧥🧥 on and away we went. Our return route enjoyed a tailwind. Initially taking the Cawood road but turning onto the Sherburn road we headed through Bishopwood on what is one of the worst surfaces. Through Biggin and Ulleskelf upto the A162. Unfortunately I had a chain jam whilst changing from the big to the small chain ring , thankfully no real issue other than an oily hand. Once up through Stutton and onto Toulston Lane we said our goodbyes as three peeled off into Bramham, Pete D headed for Leeds, Mark to Scarcroft leaving Dave and I to journey home to Wetherby. A good turnout of eight on a mixed day. Thanks guys for a good ride and the rain abated before home. Special thanks to Keith for taking up the baton in my absence.
  • WW Saturday Ride to Copmanthorpe, 24 May 2024.
    My first outdoor ride after my hospital stay, so an easy one to get the ball rolling. Just three of us out and I was the only one at the Shambles for the start. Picked up Pete c and Bob L at Walton. Bob was still building his fitness so a steady ride suited all of us. We took the usual route out to Bolton Percy and Appleton Roebuck. For once the weather was warm and sunny 😎, which made a very welcome change. The light wind from the east meant we had a gentle tailwind to enjoy for our return. Through Acaster Airfield and Malbis to Copmanthorpe where a stop at the Little Acorns ensured we were fed and watered. The final leg home via Healaugh and Wighill to Walton was brisk and it felt like I hadn’t been away. It was good bye from them and good bye from me as we separated for home.
  • Tuesday 21st May – Easingwold – 56miles
    It was raining at 07:30 but was dry by the time Pete C, Pete D, Neil P, Bob L, Steve P and me (Keith) met for our 09:15 departure. We passed Graeme as we went through Thorpe Arch so he joined us for the day. Steve, our usual ride leader, is still not fit so I stepped in to plan a route to Easingwold. For a change, we set off towards Wighill and Healaugh before turning towards Rufforth and Hessay. Bob is still recuperating so he turned back at the railway crossing. The rest of us had a short spell on the A59 before looping round Poppleton. After a short ride on a cycle path, we went through Skelton and then two pretty villages, Sutton-On-Forest and Stillington. As has become the norm, we had coffee and cake at Tee Hee in Easingwold before heading back on the usual route through Alne and Whixley. It stayed dry which was better than we expected and the route was sufficiently different to make it interesting. However, there was a bit more traffic than normal on a couple of roads so perhaps not one to be repeated too often.
  • Thursday Ride to Skipton, 23rd May 2024, 73 miles.
    Not a brilliant weather forecast for the day but still Graham, Phil, Sean F, and Greg were ready in the Shambles for the 9.30 start. Dennis would join us somewhere and Kathy and Mike Bosomworth planned to join us in Farnley. It was the normal Sicklinghall route out towards Pool. Dennis was waiting at the A61 and Kathy was in her usual spot. Mike sent word he would catch us at the cafe in Addingham. Last time we called at the Joyful Deli we all sat out side in the sunshine, this time it appeared dead and lifeless. We soon found out the everyone was inside keeping warm. We sat outside of course. This is becoming one of my favourite Cafes. Nice people and good produce. Mike was now on board but Kathy decided to turn for home and we headed out of Addingham and in to a strong SW wind. Up the hill towards Silsden before turning right in to Cringles Lane. Now it was across the moor and down the hill to Bradley. In Bradley we turned left in to Crag Lane where there is a nasty little climb. At the top of the hill we stopped to look at the flooding in the Aire valley. It was then down the hill to Cononley and the old road to Skipton, with a minor detour to avoid some flooding. Lunch was in our normal cafe the Coffee Mill. It was forecast to rain pm and I was going to take the most direct way home but as we approach Draughton we decided to drop down the hill to the A59. Very little traffic and we could actually ride in pairs down to Bolton Bridge. It was then the normal return home. Sean had left us in Skipton, Greg departed in Otley and Dennis in Kirkby Overblow. Luckily not one drop of rain all day. Graham.
  • Wetherby Wheelers Sunday Ride
    WW ride to Millington, 19th May 2024 5 riders set of from the Shambles, Nick, Pete D, Geoff, Bill and myself Steve W. Weather: Cloudy, cool start, then sunny, dry, max 23C, light North Easterly. Morning cafe stop: Breezy Knees, near Stockton on Forest. Lunch stop: Millington, well-earned after the climb of Great Givendale. Turned early: Bill after morning coffee, still building fitness after a long layoff. Notable moments: Glorious weather and scenery after a cool start, met Bob Johnson on way back after his 400km Audax the previous day.
  • Sunday 12 May
    Sunday 12 May Destination. Hebden Weather. Misty at first sunshine later Whose out? Only 2 today-Graham and Nick Firstly- hats off to Mike Bosomworth and Steve Pearson who were both running in the Leeds Marathon. Still with one or two in recuperation it was a low turnout again in spite off the improving weather and the option of an early turn at Fewston. Graham and I didn’t hang around in Wetherby. After Burn Bridge we took Pennypot Lane- it’s a little shorter and flatter than the alternative and we had a long way to go but it is a boring few miles relieved only by some spectacular gorse flowering at the far end. At Fewston Farm shop we took a quick coffee but were surrounded by other customers with “Full English”breakfasts. No ,we didn’t. Duck Street isn’t a street in the usual sense. It’s a long undulating road over a moor and on a bad day with a headwind it is a nightmare but today in the improving sun, we could enjoy the wilder views. And so to Greenhow to join the Grassington road which, although rather lumpy, is rewarding with great scenery and descents although that at Debble’s Bridge is potentially dangerous with a sharp bend forcing you to kill your speed before the next up. Cresting the last rise before Hebden brings a fine moment as you see the village in the pretty valley ahead and can now roll down to the café. It is a good place to stop but when Graham asked for beans toast he was politely told that it was off because they are “simplifying the menu”. As he said later, what’s simpler than that! There were quite a few classic cars out today. I rather liked a dark blue Alfa Spyder but just got a photo off this immaculate 2CV. (Sorry, this is about bikes isn’t it). Home via Appletreewick and the quiet road to Bolton Abbey and the crowds. As I crawled up the Castley hill with G a long way in front I was overtaken by an electric bike with the rider telling me that I looked like I needed one. Thanks -that made me feel good. Great day though- we’ll get the marathon news later.
  • Wetherby – Boroughbridge, Saturday 11th May 2024, 42 miles


    9am is a bit of an early start for me but it was by far the warmest morning of the year to date, so it seemed churlish not to ride.
    I arrived at the Shambles to find Pete C, Bob, Dave and Glyn sitting there. It was one of Glyn’s recovery rides and he said he was only here to say hello but that his rides were getting longer and he would join us on a club outing before long.
    We set off towards Knaresborough in the brilliant sunshine, Phil joined us in Kirk Deighton and the ride was uneventful as we weaved through Farnham and Bishop Monkton towards Boroughbridge. Then, without warning, Phil hit the deck in spectacular fashion with his bike landing upside down in a small ditch and its rider lying in a field of corn with a bloody knee. After a few worrying minutes, it transpired that Phil could continue (though he will be sore tomorrow) and more importantly his bike was undamaged! Luckily, we were only 4 miles from the coffee stop. We sat outside in the sun at the Café Plenty in Boroughbride and cheered Phil up with stories of our latest hospital visits and assorted problems with elderly relatives.
    We rode home to Wetherby and Boston Spa via the Dunsforths at a leisurely pace and arrived home on schedule, just after 1pm.

    Sean C

  • Wetherby Wheelers Thursday ride
    WW ride to Cracoe, 9th May 2024 11 riders set of from the Shambles, Graham, Phil, Dennis, Greg, Nick, Sean Christie, Steve P, Mike Bosomworth, Ian, Pete D, and myself Steve W. Kathy met us at Farley. Weather: Sunny, dry, max 23C, light westerly. Morning cafe stop: The Joyfull Deli, Adingham. Lunch stop: Jackson farm shop. Turned early: Dennis, Nick, Greg and Sean in that order. Notable moments: Glorious weather and scenery. Myself being attacked by a large angry cockeral. Sent from Outlook for Android
  • Wetherby to Pocklington, Sunday 5th May 2024, 80 miles.
    A slightly chill start in the shambles but a promise of a sunny day to follow saw 4 riders meet and head off towards York. Nick had Breezy Knees Gardens down as the morning coffee stop. Unfortunately Pete Dack had to get back for a telephone conversation with the hospital and turned in York. Fred got as far as Dean’s before turning. Just GB and Nick then for the full day. The sun had now emerged and a very pleasant coffee and cake in the garden at Breezy Knees. Nick’s route took us to Buttercrambe where there is the famous mill but in 625 AD Edwin of Northumbria was crowned king here on the hill above. A nice quiet, rolling road took us to Bugthorpe and then some lovely Wolds scenery followed as we approached Kirby Underdale. The climb up Painsthorpe Lane is a bit rough but it was beautifully quiet. No traffic at all. Nick wanted to go through Great Givendale and we took the wrong road at first before turning and correcting our route. I was pleased we did as we stopped in the village to admire the pond and church. Again another stunning spot especially in the sunshine. The church looks really old but was rebuilt in 1849. Apparently they used the stone from the Norman church as road stone. They did keep one Norman arch and the font. It was now down hill and into Pocklington. Nick had done his homework and was aware of the potential cafes. We settled on the Hide cafe and Deli. Quite an expensive menu but we discovered a bacon, sausage and egg bap that did the job. Good coffee as well. The route home was fairly standard. Yapham, Elvington, Wheldrake, Crocky Hill, Copmanthorpe etc. A great day out and we did a pretty good job of avoiding motor bikes and Sunday drivers. Hope for more weather like this. Graham
  • Tuesday 7th May 2024 – Boston Spa-Easingwold-Thirsk – 70miles
    Steve B is still not well so I (Keith) stepped in again to lead the ride. The turn-out was low with Neil on holiday and Stuart being a recent addition to the injured list. Anyway, five riders (Pete C, Pete D, Fred, Dave W and me) left Boston Spa shortly after 09:15 heading North towards Rudgate into a colder and stiffer headwind than expected. Nick was waiting for us at Cattal Bridge and the six of us made steady progress over Aldwark bridge through Alne to Easingwold. Pete D, Dave and I left the other to head for Thirsk while the others went for a coffee before turning back. The route from Easingwold is almost all on quiet scenic roads going through Coxwold which has to be one of the prettiest villages in the area and then to Kilburn, often with a good view of the White Horse as we rode. We had lunch with very attentive service at Upstairs Downstairs trusting that the proximity of the police station would keep our bikes secure. We left Thirsk on the Sowerby Road which is a lovely road with old houses in a mix of styles. After that we passed through Dalton, Topcliffe and Cundall before reaching Boroughbridge where we turned off for the oft-ridden route through the Dunsforths. The final stretch was up Franks Lane then across Scate Moor Lane and the railway crossing before we hit the A168 for the final stretch. Conversation was in short supply on the way back because the pace was a bit higher than normal but with three ex-rugby players there was some chat about rugby. Pete was trying to remember the colours that Selby played in but, as Dave and I pointed out everything was still in black and white when Pete played! The weather improved as the day went on so it turned out to be a better day than we expected – the company was good so it was another good Tuesday ride!
  • Tuesday 7th May 2024 – Boston Spa-Easingwold-Thirsk – 70miles
    Steve B is still not well so I (Keith) stepped in again to lead the ride. The turn-out was low with Neil on holiday and Stuart being a recent addition to the injured list. Anyway, five riders (Pete C, Pete D, Fred, Dave W and me) left Boston Spa shortly after 09:15 heading North towards Rudgate into a colder and stiffer headwind than expected. Nick was waiting for us at Cattal Bridge and the six of us made steady progress over Aldwark bridge through Alne to Easingwold. Pete D, Dave and I left the other to head for Thirsk while the others went for a coffee before turning back. The route from Easingwold is almost all on quiet scenic roads going through Coxwold which has to be one of the prettiest villages in the area and then to Kilburn, often with a good view of the White Horse as we rode. We had lunch with very attentive service at Upstairs Downstairs trusting that the proximity of the police station would keep our bikes secure. We left Thirsk on the Sowerby Road which is a lovely road with old houses in a mix of styles. After that we passed through Dalton, Topcliffe and Cundall before reaching Boroughbridge where we turned off for the oft-ridden route through the Dunsforths. The final stretch was up Franks Lane then across Scate Moor Lane and the railway crossing before we hit the A168 for the final stretch. Conversation was in short supply on the way back because the pace was a bit higher than normal but with three ex-rugby players there was some chat about rugby. Pete was trying to remember the colours that Selby played in but, as Dave and I pointed out everything was still in black and white when Pete played! The weather improved as the day went on so it turned out to be a better day than we expected – the company was good so it was another good Tuesday ride! RegardsKeith
  • Tuesday 30th April 2024 – Boston Spa-Bolton Bridge – 60miles
    Ride leader Steve was missing due to illness so we had to cobble together a ride without him. Pete D, Mark, Neil P, Steve P, Dave W and me (Keith R) formed a lead group heading for Bolton Bridge while Pete C, Bill K, Bob L and Stuart W headed on a similar route but turning back at Otley. It was a breezy morning but the wind came from the South so it was mostly a cross-wind on the way out. We went through Sicklinghall, Kirkby Overblow, Weeton before going over the climb through Farnley to Otley. After that, it was a steady ride on the back road but this was much busier thanks to the A59 being closed at Kex Gill. After a lunch sitting in the sun at Bolton Bridge, we retraced our route back to Otley again, with lots of traffic. At Otley, we took the main road to Bramhope before turning off to Eccup. The reservoir was looking full for once! After that, we took Wigton Lane to the Dexter where Steve and Pete took the road to Shadwell while the rest of us headed for Scarcroft where Mark left us. It was then a quick descent to the bottom of Shadwell before going through Thorner and past Bramham Park. There is a short climb coming away from the park and, judging by the complaints, it is fair to say it is not a popular section! After that it was a quick sprint back to Bramham where Dave turned of for Wetherby. The weather was better than we expected and the route goes through some very pleasant Wharfe valley villages – all in all, a really good ride!
  • Wetherby – Kilburn White Horse, Thursday 25th April 2024

    Destination: White Horse
    Riders: Graham (Captain), Mike Bosomworth, Michael Brawley , Steve W., Steve P., Kathy, Nick,(reporter), Pete D., Phil, Dennis, Geoff and friend.
    Weather: Cold

    The Yorkshire White Horse has no prehistoric pedigree but was created in 1857. Historians credit a Thomas Taylor who was inspired b y older hill carvings and got 33 men to excavate the topsoil. Local gossip says it was a village school master and his pupils . I wonder if this animal wise ,farming reared kids had any input to the design. ( “No William. It is NOT a stallion. Leave it out”).

    A good turnout in the Shambles. The White horse ride was changed by the Sunday lot recently because of the weather so we were going to go for it today in spite of the cold which had made most of us go back to winter gloves and base layers, except Mike, of course.
    The ride to Easingwold was uneventful and finding the Fika cafe occupied we piled into Tea Tee next door for friendly staff, hot coffee and buns. Phil had to leave us here to go home and walk the dog. His dog must be like Danny, very persuasive.
    Dennis joined the peloton which made up for Phil’s absence as we slowed for the hill in Oulston before rocking down to Coxwold where we turned right towards Byland Abbey and then the attractive lane to the foot of the White Horse. Somewhere along the way we met Geoff with a friend from K’bro’,out for a good ride but avoiding the White Horse.

    Anyway, the attractions for cyclists are the café at the top belonging to the Yorkshire Gliding Club and the challenging climb which has a few hairpin bends and is 25% in places. When you get to the carpark you are about 2/3 of the way up. Needless to say, I was well behind the rest up here although I kept Steve P in sight until the last bend and he was just in the club grounds as I reached the summit. It was raining at the bottom of the hill, hailing halfway up and snowing at the top. Not much snow though and it soon turned to heavy rain but we were in the warm and dry by then.
    The bad weather passed but Graham decided that we should take the route down Sutton Bank instead of the road through Boltby which is nicer but a hairy descent even in good weather. We don’t ride up Sutton Bank because 1) it is very steep, and 2) it is very busy with lots of heavy lorries. Going down it isn’t great either because 1)It is very busy with lots of heavy lorries,2) the bends and lorries demand much care and 3) the road surface is lousy in places which is no fun on a fast descent. Left turn then
    That’s about it really. Home via Bagby,Dalton and a small detour to Knaresborough, meeting Geoff again. Good day. Thanks all.

    Nick

  • WW Sunday Ride to Bedale, 70 miles, 21 April 2024.

    An all conquering four left the comfort of Sunday in the chair, or was it to avoid chores and assembled in the Shambles for a 9.00 am start for Bedale. They were Nick, our Sunday Road Captain and Pathfinder, Graham, Pete D and me who shall remain nameless, Steve B.
    There was a stiff and chilly wind from the north as we set off up the A168 to Boroughbridge. Now I decided to tuck in at the rear and practice my drafting however even I, feeling guilty, had to help share the work on the front on this stretch.
    With the wind and no hearing aids conversation was challenging. However Pete and I felt Man City always looked the likely winners in the football.
    From BB we turned through Langthorpe and on to Skelton where shortly after a double decker bus passed us, I know a service is required but didn’t they have anything smaller. ?
    Our route took us to Copt Hewick, Sharrow, Hutton Conyers and Nunwick to Wath. Hutton Conyers like many villages can be traced back to the Doomsday Book. The land was owned by the Bishop of Durham and after his death passed to the Conyers family from where the name derives. It appears it was owned by several local hoy paloy afterwards.
    After Wath we headed to West Tanfield where I stopped outside the gates of Tanfield Mill. It has operated as a water mill for over four hundred years although nowadays it is an ongoing hydroelectric project. You can see the old water wheel in the picture.

    Shortly after a couple of old codgers rode past.


    At West Tanfield we stopped for a coffee and an opportunity for the boys to try and win the lottery.

    From here we climbed the hill and on through Well to the Masham Bedale road. As you can guess Well derives its name from the spring running through the village.
    We took in a final loop before Bedale and went via Firby, I suspect one of Nick’s relatives lives at the Hall. In the village the school sports field had been painted with a running track in preparation, Graham you may need to present the gongs.

    The road in Bedale upto the Tandem Cafe had been resurfaced 👍, but would you Adam and Eve it, the railway crossing was closed as an old multiple unit staggering over the lines. 🚞

    Beans on toast and coffee were the favoured scram. Graham asked me to show him where I had filled my drinks bottle with degreaser at my last visit. Pleased to say they now have a warning post it note. 🙃

    Good news lovely tailwind for our return journey and after Exelby we turned up to the A6055 at Burneston. From here the villages of Pickhill, Sinderby, Ainderby Quernhow, Skipton on Swale and Catton provided excellent scenery as we rode on in good spirits.
    Ainderby Quernhow derives from Norse ownership, Ainderby meaning mound and Quernhow a Norse plunderers name.
    Approaching Topcliffe we stopped and took in the Waterside apartments and the river Swale.

    From Topcliffe it is a direct ride south to Thornton Bridge, Boroughbridge and Wetherby.
    I wanted to be home no later than 3.30pm. Having ridden both Saturday and Sunday I needed to show willing. Especially as a meal was prepared.
    Consequently we pushed on but at BB I shouted my goodbyes as there was a desire to use the car park amenity. So stamping on the pedals I set about the A168 and was home for 3.21pm. Smiles all round.
    Sorry for the abandonment guys but a great ride Nick. Safe journey guys especially as Pete had the furthest to go.

    Ps. Message for Carol, my hair needs cutting plus you could also clean my bike. Best not push my luck. 😂

  • WW Saturday Social Ride to Askham Richard, 20 April 2024, 30 miles.
    Quite a turn out with 8 vibrant wheelers committed for action. I had chosen a shorter and easier ride to ensure everyone felt comfortable as we had Stuart returning following his surgery, Phil R finally feeling well enough to participate, Mark on only his second ride, Alec finally getting his mojo working and a couple of others on their recovery program. I had posted it was a steady ride and it seemed to drag a few extra souls out to enjoy the better day even if it was colder in the wind. The magic number of 8 meant we had enough for a team to play Korfball. A sport similar to Netball and Basketball. The players being Stuart, Mark, Pete C, Bob L, Fred, Phil R, Alec and me Steve B. With five of us starting from the Shambles we headed out on the Walton road and collected Bob, Stuart and Pete before heading to Wighill, Tadcaster, Bolton Percy, Appleton Roebuck and Acaster Malbis. The fine day had clearly done the trick as there were plenty of other riders enjoying their efforts. Despite pacing ourselves it didn’t stop us performing a fly past at Acaster Airfield. In conversation with Fred I asked which clubs he was a member with since I had spotted him riding with Wetherby Velo last Saturday. So including Seacroft he had 3 on the go but today his desires were a slower one rather than one where he needed his race face on. 😫🚴 Having turned into the wind we headed through Copmanthorpe to Askham Richard and a cafe stop at the Coffee shop. Always excellent fayre and even at £7 the meal deal was perfect. Plus all 8 of us attended. 👌 The final leg was back via Healaugh and Wighill after which Stuart, Pete and Bob peeled off leaving the remaining five to carry on to Wetherby and home. Well ridden guys and as ever excellent company.
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Pocklington via Kirby Underdale and Painsthorpe, 77 miles, 16 April 2024.
    With a birthday (still) and Mallorca reducing the possible riders, it didn’t deter 8 hardy souls standing front and centre. Despite the northerly wind and chilly temperatures Bob L, Pete C, Keith, Neil, Pete D, Dave W, Gavin and me, Steve B elected to maintain the club representation. Our destination was Pocklington with lunch at Allerthorpe. Unfortunately some cafes don’t open Mondays and Tuesdays, the Mile cafe and Millington for two, so despite the few extra miles it is always worth the wait eating at the lakeside cafe. We set off a few minutes late ⏰, Neil having been delayed, crossing the Wharfe and onto Walton. From there our route was the usual, Wighill, Healaugh and Copmanthorpe where both Pete C and Bob peeled off as they were still working back to normal fitness. Come on chaps you are beginning to wear that excuse a bit thin, similar to Mr P and his dear wife’s ongoing birthday. 😂 Fear not we men know our place. ‼️🙃 They decided on a coffee at Little Acorns to recover. Both of you seemed in good form but clearly hid the pain well. This left 6 iron men to ride on. After Bishopthorpe we crossed the Millennium Bridge and rode through Heslington towards Osbaldwick and Murton. Not before a driver insisted on overtaking me and promptly turning left forcing me to take evasive action. I do need to express myself better 😊. We had been working hard in and out of the wind as we headed through Warthill, Upper Helmsley towards Buttercrambe. The first time I did this route was with our evergreen leader, Frank, back in 2020. This would be my fourth time. The name stems from the old English of butere and crambe, the latter meaning bend. The village centres around a rich piece of land on the bend of the river, the Derwent. The water powered cornmill is still there. The single file bridge providing part of the character. Our route took us to Skirpenbeck. A very quaint village where time seems to have stood still. On to Bugthorpe and then the climbing starts as we head up to Kirby in Underdale. Red troop with their Black Ops leader. 😊 From there through the hamlet of Painsthorpe. The name indicates a clue for the final mile. All those finishing ahead of me need a drugs test. 😝😂😫 At the top it’s down wind and downhill through Givendale to Pocklington and Allerthorpe Lakeside. Sustenance was very welcome, beans on toast, scrambled eggs on toast, cake, scone, flapjack and even Keith indulged with an egg and sausage sandwich. Warm food and coffee much appreciated. The weather was finally improving with blue sky and sunshine becoming more prominent as we left. Our journey was the usual, Melbourne, Sutton on Derwent, Elvington, Wheldrake and Crockey Hill. With the wind still strong but supportive at times we made good time to Naburn and Copmanthorpe. After Askham Richard, Pete D peeled off to Tadcaster and home. The rest of us finally went our separate ways home at Walton. Great day guys and thanks to all with the shared work on the front and maintaining a collective peloton through K marshalling the troops from the rear. Until next time. ✍️ Signing off.
  • WW Saturday Social Ride to Studley Roger, 42 miles, 14 April 2024.
    I decided that despite riding past Fountains Abbey on Tuesday I would re do the route but this time go through Studley Roger itself. My decision was partially made as a result of our new member who liked the area and Olivers Pantry. This time the weather was kinder as we met up at the Shambles, our riders being Suzanna, Bob L, Dave W and me Steve B. Our outward journey was to Knaresborough, Farnham and Copgrove. Bob who was still building back up decided to turn at Farnham. From there we were on to Burton Leonard and Markington. Some new lanes being ridden by my colleagues on the way. I said I would take the opportunity to take some photos of the House and Abbey for a change. After Tuesday the roads were certainly much drier. After the steep ramp we turned and came in through the top gate to make our descent through the grounds. Again another opportunity to get in some photos. Once into Ripon we headed for the cafe and with the sheltered area sat outside. Coffee and cake were the order of the day while we interrogated our new member. We have ways of making you talk. 😂 Just nosey 😊 With the wind helping we then headed to BB and our route home through the Graftons. The final leg was on the A168 and we worked hard having a cross headwind to counter. Once again thanks all and to Dave for leading us home into the wind.
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Fountains Abbey, 55 miles, 9 April 2024.
    With the weather looking distinctly unsettled a smaller group assembled at BS church for the day’s ride. A mixture of weather, medical appointments and birthdays kept some of the regulars away. Mr Pearson was assisting his better half with her birthday week 🎉🎁 so would be absent. The sound of a flock of moths escaping filled the air as his wallet was opened. 💳😂 This left Pete C, Neil, Keith and me Steve B to form a peleton. The plan was a shorter ride in the hope we dodged the rain expected around lunchtime, still a reasonable destination though. Our route took us over the Wharfe, along the cycle path and onto the A168. Hopefully a quicker alternative than going through Knaresborough. We exited at the Arkendale turning and headed for Staveley and Copgrove. Pete peeled off at Arkendale to maintain his steady comeback process heading home via Knaresborough, but not before getting drenched. We In turn needed rain jackets as we rode onto Burton Leonard and Markington. Having had the breeze in our face for a while it was much appreciated turning across it and down wind for the return. While the rain relented the regular road flooding continued, I always loved the log floom. Rather than go through Studley Roger we headed to the Pateley Bridge road and onto Ripon. At this point we decided a coffee at BB made sense and took advantage of the breeze to splash on. At BB we found ample space at Plenty where coffees and refreshments did the trick. Unfortunately as we left the cafe the rain returned leaving us the rest of our journey through the Dunsforths to Whixley not only wet but windy. Rather than risk a possible flood at Cattail bridge we went through Whixley village heading to Scate Moor Lane and over the railway crossing 🛤️ back to the A168. Both Neil and Keith had shown great restraint when I dropped off on the inclines, my heavy winter bike, not to mention heavy physique not helping. As I was nearest to home I suggested they crack on to Bramham. Not great conditions but still enjoyed our ride, thanks for the patience guys waiting for me.
  • WW Saturday Ride to Riccall, 6 April 2024, 40 miles.
    I had received an email from Alec informing me that a new member had joined our ranks. Suzanna take a bow. True to form Suzanna was at the Shambles when I arrived for our 9.00am start. Suzanna had recently moved from Leicestershire to take a position at Bedale and having been a Cycling Club member down there was keen to join a new club in Gods own county. Destination was the Pickled at Riccall and the plan was to meet Pete C and Bob L at Tom Foolery at Boston Spa. In addition Pete D coming from Leeds wh would meet us at Stutton. Off we went along the Walton road before turning to cross the Wharfe into BS. After the introductions we carried on towards Tadcaster before turning right on to Rudgate. It was here we ran into a mechanical delay. The beloved Highways department had tarred and chipped the road but left it unswept. Pete C dropped a pedal from his crank resulting in a call home to Ann for the Team car to collect him. In the meantime we contacted Pete D to explain the delay. This left the three of us to carry on, but Pete C said he would chase us down on his replacement bike. To add to the excitement, Toulston Lane had also been chipped. We met up with Pete D at Stutton and also got the message Pete C was on his way. Leaving Stutton we headed for Ulleskelf and Cawood. However as our progress was not quick we gave Pete D the opportunity to ride on ahead and complete the ride quicker. The three of us arrived at Riccall about two minutes ahead of Pete C. After a convivial coffee, sandwich and cake etc we took the Planet’s cycle path to Naburn. From there to Copmanthorpe and back to Walton where we split, Pete and Bob for BS and Suzanna and I for Wetherby. It was Bob’s longest ride for sometime as well as Pete’s. Both did really well considering their steady recovery from injury and illness. Final word for Suzanna who rode strongly and was great company. She is working to get her fitness back and is an asset to the Club. Enjoyed the ride guys and thank you.
  • Tuesday 2 April 2024, Bedale 80 miles.
    Meeting at BS church were Neil, Keith, Gavin, Dave, Pete C and me Steve B. Bedale is generally a popular ride however we were missing a few regulars due to other commitments. It was to prove a ride of mishaps. Leaving Kirk Deighton we collected Nick along the way as well. Our route out was to Knaresborough initially and the first mishap occurred before we got to the A59 roundabout. My front light broke free and bounced onto the road, fortunately after stopping we found it still worked but not much use in my back pocket. Access to Halfpenny lane in Knaresborough was blocked due to roadworks and a detour via the Stockwell lane and road were necessary. Once we reached the top of Farnham rise Pete and Nick left us Pete was still taking it steady following his fall and back injury, plus Nick had family duties. This left five of us to ride on via Bishop Monkton to Littlethorpe, Copt Hewick, Sharrow, Hutton Conyers and Nunwick to Wath. As expected there was the usual surface water at Nunwick. Coming into Wath the next mishap occurred. Dave’s bike unseated its mudflap and also his rear light. Another stop as we recovered said items before turning onto the Tanfield road and then the Thornborough road. I had decided we might put in a few variations on the route and from the Masham road we turned for Carthorpe but then onto Snape. A village the other four had not been through. While stopping for a photo one of the locals told us tea and coffee were available at the Methodist hall, I think he said it was do it yourself!? Moving on we came to the Masham Bedale road and before travelling into town and the Cycle shop cafe for much needed sustenance we took in the loop through Firby. At cycleworx we enjoyed beans on toast, coffee etc while sat in the warm weather outside. Keith had to speed back home directly as one of their dogs needed attention and he understandably did not want to leave Lisa with the whole problem. This left four of us. Yet another mishap then occurred. I went to top up my water bottle and in the doorway saw the Muc Off sign saying top up your bottle. Excellent, I turned the tap and out came a pink fluid. Mmm!!!, below the tap it said degreaser, too late was the cry. Apparently I’m not the first to make that mistake. This meant I needed to purchase a new bottle, Doh ! £5 lighter we set off through the villages. My planned return again was to take in a few different lanes and settlements. At Burneston we turned left upto the A6055 and left again under the A1 towards Pickhill. Safer than negotiating a crossing of both carriageways. This route, apart from a mile of poor road was to take us on a scenic run to Pickhill, Sinderby, Skipton on Swale and Catton through to Topcliffe. Our exit coming up the ride next to the Northallerton road . A brief stop for medicinal jelly babies and we were onto BB and the A168 and home. Great day chaps and thanks to Neil and Dave who both responded to the support on the front coming home. Till next time.
  • Wetherby to Otley, Sunday 7th April 2024, 40 miles
    {Category Ride Report] This Sunday saw just Nick and Graham as the only members on the start line for the ride to the White Horse. Thankfully we were both in agreement that this was not a sensible destination due to the strong winds. Otley was settled on and we set off for Sicklinghall and the roads towards Pool. At the A61 Nick suggested we take in Almscliffe Crag so we turned right and headed for North Rigton. We were accompanied by a rather annoying click from my left pedal. The roads happily were fairly dry and mud free and we stopped at the crag for Nick to take some pictures. After the crag we turned right to pass the model aircraft field and then left for the Hamlet of Braythorn and then stopped at Stainburn church. From the gate we could see a church open sign and decided to investigate. Sure enough it was open and we spent a few minutes looking around. It’s a grade 1 listed building. Its Norman and very simple and little altered since its founding. Once back on the road and riding down hill to Leathley we noticed miraculously that the annoying click had disappeared. Church on a Sunday anyone?? We then took the hill to Farnley and down into Otley and the Milk Bar cafe. A leisurely coffee accompanied with eggs were enjoyed while we chatted about cycling accidents and more. Finally, we set off for Bramhope on the Leeds Road. Then the back roads to Eccup Reservoir. We were now being pushed along by the southerly winds, the sun was out and we started to meet people on the Tad Sportive. At Thorner Lane out of Scarcroft Andrew Clayton passed us, having lost or burned off all his group. Andrew turned right here while Nick and I went left for East Rigton and Collingham. Sun, warm tail wind, dry roads, great company – what does that remind me of? Cheers Nick.
  • Thursday Ride Report
    Thursday (04/04/2024) Ride Report – Richmond – Mike B And so it was that eight Wheelers Mike, Steve P, Pete, Dave, Graham, Nick, Phil and Sean F set off for Boroughbridge, along the A168, on a surprisingly cold spring morning. In Boroughbridge, we were joined by Dennis and Kathy and made our way, along our usual route, to Melmerby for a welcome coffee break. From there we headed for Bedale, again on our usual route, but with far more than the usual amount of water on the roads. In Bedale, Dennis and Sean decided to head for Masham and then home, whereas the rest of the intrepid group set out for Crakehall, Catterick and Brompton-on-Swale, before arriving for a lunch stop in the Market Hall, Richmond. After a convivial lunch the world was a much better place, until we discovered that Pete had punctured. His front tyre was surprisingly difficult to remove from the rim, but once repaired we rode on to Catterick Garrison, Scotton and then hit the pleasingly long descent along Craggs Lane towards, but not into, Patrick Brompton. Not long afterwards, having practised our inner tube replacement skills, we changed Graham’s punctured inner tube in relatively quick time. To our surprise we found that the puncture had been caused by an animal tooth. After much deliberation and discussion, informed by our resident dentist Nick, we decided that the offending tooth was probably a squirrel incisor. Onwards then to West Tanfield and the main road to Ripon. From there we headed along our traditional route via Bishop Monkton and Copgrove to Knaresborough. Riding along the road from Knaresborough to Wetherby, the group separated a little, but most of the group said a fond farewell to Nick just after Little Ribston and then made for Wetherby. It stayed cold all day for a relatively long (about 90 miles), but nevertheless enjoyable ride. Thanks to Graham, as always, for his route planning and to the group for their company.
  • Sunday 31st March 2024 ride to Terrington 65 miles
    It was a very welcome sunny morning at the Shambles in Wetherby where myself, Nick, Graham and Michael met at 9.30am for the ride to Terrington. As the clocks had gone forward over night it was a bit chilly to start with but it didn’t matter as we were all so glad to see the sun after months of rain. The roads had even dried out a bit! We made our way to Easingwold admiring the newly refurbished Aldwark bridge and given the relatively quiet roads I can only assume that most other people hadn’t ‘lost’ the extra hour yet and were still in bed. Sorry to Michael for having to go through his ‘thumb’ injury details again as I had missed it from before. Coffee in Easingwold was at Fika and I recounted how I had seen a temporary tarn full of frogs spawning near the top of Whernside yesterday. (Picture attached for those who are interested even although it’s not related to cycling) Nick, a font of knowledge about nature, explained how dragonfly larvae eat tadpoles and so we deduced that maybe the frogs were spawning so high up Whernside away from where there are any dragonflies larvae. I also learnt from Nick how to tell a Sparrowhawk from a Kestrel based on their flight pattern. After coffee we made our way through Crayke and Brandsby on lovely quiet roads before joining up with the Sheriff Hutton:Terrington road making our way towards Terrington Bank. A couple of 1 in 15 sections and we were at the top and at the tea rooms in the village. We must have been sweating after the climb as we were directed to a table in the courtyard away from the other customers, where I ordered tea and Nick, Michael and Graham coffees, together with a selection of eggs and bean on toast. 5 Minutes later, after our server had consulted the kitchen staff, we were informed that beans and eggs on toast were not available so we changed our orders to paninis and jacket potatoes instead. They did make up for it by delivering the largest pot of tea for one, including a jug of hot water, that I have ever been served! The way back was through Sheriff Hutton, Stillington, Huby and Tollerton back to Aldwark Bridge. We noted for future rides that the shop/coffee stop in Huby has had a revamp and looked very smart! We escorted Nick back to Tockwith and then it was back to Wetherby for Graham, Michael and Myself. Thank you guys for a lovely cycle and to the rain gods for a sunny, dry spring day.
  • Thursday ride eport – 28th March – 82 miles
    Following a very negative weather forecast and several members away, only four met at the Shambles at 9.30am, with the prospect of rain for the majority of the ride. And guess what, the sun shone for most of the day! So, ride leader Graham B, Michael B, Sean F and myself, Phil W set off from the Wetherby towards Walton and Wighill, looking at blue sky and high cloud in an optimistic mood, having planned to combat the fresh wind from the south with a ride eastwards to Pockington, with a cross wind for most of the route. We headed through Wighill, Healaugh, Askham Richard and Askham Bryan, crossing the A64 at the roundabout, cycling through Copmanthorpe and on to Acaster Malbis. Turning left along Acaster Lane we joined the cycle track, past the York Marina, Naburn and joining Howden Lane towards Crockey Hill. We turned right, cycled through Wheldrake with the plan of a morning stop at Rebecca’s Kitchen in Elvington, which was…..closed! A quick plan B was formed where we bought a hot drink and a snack from the shop in Elvington village, approximately 25 miles into the ride. Here, we sat outside a pub, enjoyed the refreshments and put the world to right, which didn’t take long. Leaving Elvington we headed through Melbourne and on to Hayton, where Sean F turned back having completed more than 50 miles from home, so for him a ‘ ton’ was on the cards. The remaining three riders continued to Burnby, through Pocklington town centre and to the Mile End Cafe, our lunch time destination. On leaving the cafe, we headed north to Meltonby, turning south west through Yapham, along Feoffee Lane to Sutton, generally with stronger winds against us. We retraced part of the route though Elvington and Wheldrake (what a lovely village!), turning left through Escrick and Stillingfleet. The exposed road towards Cawood bridge had a strong wind against, so on reaching it we were pleased to turn towards Ryther and Ulleskelf where the breeze was a little more in our favour. We continued through Stutton and to Bramham, where Michael B peeled off toward home, leaving Graham and I to have a wind assisted ride north along the A168 into Wetherby. An excellent ride, good weather with some challenging winds, but very enjoyable. 82 miles. Phil W
  • Thursday21 March
    Report by Bob Wetherby Wheelers Thurs 21 Mar 2024 We gathered en mass at the Shambles – at least ten of us, the majority of whom were carbo-loaded from the previous evening’s curry night (thanks Steve). A footnote to this report could include that we ought to get the rice ordering sorted out, as we seemed to have enough for a whole peloton! In light rain, we dodged the early season tourists around York Minster and headed for elevenses at Dean’s Garden Centre. The café is a bit of a pensioner-fest, but then many of us are also of a venerable age. The rain grew a little heavier over coffee & cake so the discussion morphed towards who was going straight home. It left five of us heading to Malton to enjoy the rolling terrain of the Howardian Hills and the railway station café, which perhaps looks a little tired, but its prices have a strong appeal to Yorkshire folk. The rain had stopped as we left; unfortunately, the brightness heralded an increasing headwind, but we managed, taking the drag of Terrington main street and Cote de Crayke in our stride. I peeled off at Whixley crossroads, being a Harrogate-arian; but I’m given to understand that all others also returned home without incident. Thanks as always to my riding companions; I didn’t log the distance, or metres climbed, or average speed, or even energy expended, but it was certainly a very good day out.
  • Sunday24 March
    Sunday 24 March Destination Howden Riders Graham, Greg, Nick. Weather Sunny, breezy, cool For once the weather on Sunday looked quite good. If we went to Howden the wind would help us out there and the BBC reckoned it was going to drop in the afternoon. Greg was waiting at the Town Hall in the sunshine instead of the Shambles but Graham found him as he rode in. Our departure was enlivened by a scrap between a Sparrow Hawk and a Pigeon in the middle of the road. Result Pigeon escaped, Sparrow Hawk still hungry. It’s a tough old world on Wetherby High Street. Howden is a small town with much historical charm but I have always thought the ride to it rather plain whichever route we took, so I had been looking at the map on Saturday evening and noticed a little road which I hadn’t explored before. First though, the following wind helped us past Naburn Bridge to Escrick and Skipwith. There are no cafés this way and we decided not to stop at Escrick garage. Crossing the River Derwent into Bubwith we found the “new’ road and turned down towards Breighton and Wressle. Definitely a good move. The quite road winds prettily along the banks of the Derwent ( which hasn’t got far to go by now) , so whilst none of us had seen it before ,we agreed it is the way to go next time. Graham knew that Wressle had a castle so we looked for it and found it. Mainly built late 14th C it isn’t all there now but the remaining ruins have been somewhat restored and it is an impressive sight. So impressive in fact ,that I persuaded Greg and Graham to hold my bike for the day’s photo with the castle in the background. (It is on private land and only accessible by appointment). From Wressle, you can go to the A63 but we don’t like that much and anyway we would be seeing enough of it in the afternoon, so we took a more pleasant bendy road, but without the river , to Brind and shortly joined our better known road into Howden. The Café in the Market Place had a limited menu but served up the goods whilst we discussed exotic holidays and far away adventures. Fed and caffienated we faced the breeze in our faces for the return trip. It had dropped a bit- at least, I thought so but I was just hanging on to Graham or Greg’s wheel a lot of the way. We missed a small turning but took the next one in Hemingbrough, eventually passing Osgodby, Riccall and Cawood to Tadcaster where we parted from Greg, then home. 😊😊😊
  • sunday 3 march
    Sunday 3 March Destination Allerthorpe Riders Graham, PeteD., Bob J. and Nick (report) Weather Clear but cold As well as the above riders, Steve B turned up in the Shambles but with a totally non functioning front brake. He sensibly decided to go no further. Allerthorpe is a fairly regular destination. There is a good café beside a lake which is designed around leisure activities, it’s about 60 miles from Wetherby by the shorter route and the roads are pleasant and not challenging. In fact I can only think of one small hill between Stockton -on -the- Forest and Stamford Bridge- the rest is pancake flat. At this time of year the attraction comes from advancing signs of Spring. The snowdrops are giving way to early daffs and the blackthorn is coming out along with some early cherry blossom. We took the slightly longer route via Stamford Bridge where poor King Harold had to fight of Norse invaders before marching south to be defeated by William of Normandy.(1066 and all that). Over coffee we complained of cold hands and headache cures. The rest of the ride was uneventful. There wasn’t much leisure activity on the lake today and we didn’t spent too long over lunch. On the way back we chanced to meet a cycling friend of Graham’s who rode with us until his chain broke in Wheldrake.As we stood around wondering about trying to fix it he decided to phone his everloving to get a lift back. I bet that made her day but he was in safe hands so we left him. Bob left us at Elvington and at Escrick Pete veered towards home leaving me and Graham for the last 15 or so miles. We agreed that we ‘d be glad to get home and warm. Nice day though.
  • Sunday 18 Feb
    Sunday 18 Feb Who? Nick, Bob J., Pete D. Where ? Thirsk via Aldwark Bridge and Coxwold Fore cast. Dull at first. Sun later. Three of us in The Shambles at 09.30 and all keen to go over Aldwark Bridge which has been closed for ten months and re opened yesterday. During that time we have had to make a few detour miles to get to many favourite destinations. The Ride Card said Hampsthwaite but that’s in totally the wrong direction and more importantly, the café there is always closed in February. I forget this every year and put it on the list. Kathy reminds me but that’s in February and I create the list in November so I’ve forgotten by then! Anyway we would have to celebrate the bridge being open ( like many other cyclists), so it was coffee at Easingwold and then lumpy roads with good views to Kilburn and Thirsk. We actually just missed Thirsk by stopping at the café at Bagby thus knocking a couple of miles or so off the ride. Along with the sun, a fair breeze had got up but it was mainly helpful on the way home. At Boroughbridge Bob peeled off for home in K’bro and I arrived home, congratulating myself for having kept up with Pete all down the A168. 64 miles for me but quite a bit further for him to get home for his dinner. Whilst writing this ,I forgot to put ours in the oven so we’ll be late with it!
  • Thursday ride report – 29th February – 74 miles

    Spring is (nearly) in the air!

    Well… it will be tomorrow, so with an upbeat mood six riders set off towards the Howardian Hills, leaving The Shambles in Wetherby at 9.30am as usual, the group comprising ride leader Graham B, Pete D, Fred L, Sean C, Dave W and me, Phil W. Dennis M said he would aim to meet us en route. The plan was to head to Easingwold via Aldwark Bridge for a morning break, head to Helmsley via Ampleforth and stop there for lunch. We expected a favourable wind on the way out and a headwind on the way back, so some teamwork would be needed.

    On leaving Wetherby we cycled north along the A168 to Walshford, through Hunsingore, towards Tockwith and turning to Cattal, over the bridge, up Gilstforth Hill and through Whixley. We turned right at the Cricket club along Score Ray Lane , following the road past Queen Ethelburga’s College, along Thorpe Green Lane and over the stone bridge by the church, before turning right along Boat Lane to Aldwark Bridge. What a relief that it’s open again!. We pressed on through Youlton, Alne and stopping at the Fika Room cafe in Easingwold for a brew. Dennis had joined us at this point, so seven had a chat before pressing on, Sean and Fred were turning early leaving five to continue.

    Graham chose a cracking route to Helmsley, leaving Easingwold to the north east along Oulston Road, through the village, turning left along North Moor Lane, following Thorpe Lane to Amplethorpe. This was a lovely part of the ride before tacking hills like Beacon Bank, before a good descent through Sproxton and into Helmsley for lunch, choosing The Cafe on the Square as a venue, which was excellent.

    Leaving Helmsley back into Sproxton, we turned right up the long ascent of Cote Lane, turning off down the Wass Bank descent, through Wass, past Byland Abbey and through Coxwold. We followed the road to a right turn called Elphin Bridge Lane, through Carlton Husthwaite, along Quarry Banks, over York Road to Hutton Sessay, Little Sessay and followied the road into Boroughbridge. At this point Pete D decided to head to Wetherby via the A168 as he had further to go to Garforth, the remaining four went to Minskip, Staveley, up the Copgrove Lane climb then down Sandy Bank, to Farnham Lane and into Knaresborough where Dennis peeled off. The remaining three took our traditional route through Little Ribston, the Deightons and into Wetherby.

    What a scenic ride! The expected headwind back wasn’t as severe as we thought, there was no rain, a glimpse of the sun and the last ride of winter ’23/24 was both safely completed and really enjoyable. Thanks everyone! (74 miles)

    Phil W

  • Day ride to Pateley Bridge – 15th February 2024 – 55 miles
    On a dampish but mild spring morning ten riders assembled at The Shambles: Graham, Mike, Greg, Pete, Phil, Dave, both Seans, Nick and myself (Tim). We headed west towards Sicklinghall past several major potholes. At Sicklinghall the group split into two but the ‘faster’ group were soon hit by technical problems (Greg’s loose rear mudguard) just outside Kirby Overblow. Roadside repairs were undertaken and Dennis arrived just in time to avoid needing to help 😊. Now back as one larger, somewhat straggled, group we headed down to the A61 and across through Burn Bridge and Beckwithshaw slowly climbing over into the Washburn Valley. Conditions were definitely quite warm and I was regretting wearing my rain jacket. Three riders had opted for shorts which wasn’t that outrageous. We stopped at Fewston Farm Shop café and new member Ian also appeared shortly before, so we were now 12. Over coffee Phil suggested to me that we would be doing 4000ft of climbing, which as it turns out wasn’t a bad guess. After the café (massive cakes) the group began to splinter. Nick and one Sean bailed out, then after we got onto the Greenhow road Dennis also headed off. We turned right towards the Nidd Valley and rolled over a few climbs across the tops before a steep descent down Nought Bank Road into Pateley Bridge. Sean #2 and Ian left us here and the remaining seven stopped for lunch at the Willow café. Their credit card machine was out of order but after a quick scrabble for cash and a cashpoint run, we had enough to pay our way with no need to wash up. After lunch we enjoyed the fact that there are no easy ways out of Pateley Bridge on a bike, but we probably took the easiest before then climbing through Smelthouses up to Brimham Rocks. The reward for the climbing was a long descent of several miles to Ripley where a left then right turn took us across the A61 again and past Nidd church (where I got married 32 years ago next month). Happily the forecast heavy rain never arrived. The roads were fairly quiet through Scotton and into Knaresborough, and then it was the usual run down to Wetherby. Cheers Graham and all for some decent winter mileage and climbing.
  • Wetherby Wheelers Sunday Ride to Selby, 11th Feb 2024, 52 miles.
    {Category Ride Report] This is a ride I generally don’t mind missing but I couldn’t see any names down on the WhatsApp group so turned up in the shambles possibly hoping I could divert Nick somewhere else. However on arriving there was no one there except John Miller ( new member hopefully) who had done the Saturday ride and had turned up to try the Sunday one. I ignored him of course but he was quick to introduce himself and Nick duly arrived with a plan. The three of us headed off for Naburn via Healaugh. The road was incredibly wet. The road flooded in numerous places but luckily the cars treated us kindly. Once over the river and on the cycle track we changed plan and decided to stay on it to Riccall. This is a nice section and has a good surface. However after Riccall the track isn’t much more than a narrow footpath and is very close to the main road. Perhaps we should have stuck to Nick’s original route. Too late however, so on through Barlby, past the old mills and into Selby. Nick asked for help finding the Cafe “The Hub” but I had never been. (Selby Bus Station/Garden Centre yes) When we did find it unfortunately it was closed. Nick decided to ask a friendly local for directions to another cafe only to find himself being invited into a religious debate. He might have been off his head on drugs?? Nick obviously missed the signs. At this point Nick was very against making do in Costa and so we did a quick tour of the market place but to no avail. Finally, we agreed to head to Sherburn garden centre. So we made our way out through Bishop Wood, Bishopdyke Road and in to Sherburn. The gods were once again against us as the menu was just Sunday lunch or coffee and cake. Coffee and cake then. However, we had time to have a good chat and conversation with John and try to convince him that we were usually much more organised. The return leg took us through Saxton, past Lotherton and into Aberford. Nick left us in Bramham and John and myself headed along West Woods Road to Wetherby. Graham
  • WW Saturday Ride around some local lanes, 40 miles, 10 February 2024

    The weather continues to govern when and where we ride and Saturday was no different, although it was forecast to be fine but cloudy. However fog and mist were to be the order of the morning. Along with plenty of surface water. Consequently I decided on a shorter effort.
    There was a pleasant surprise when I arrived at the Shambles as not only was Pete D there but also Dave W and a guest rider, 👏 had turned up.
    The potential new member had found our website and showing excellent initiative had ridden down to join us.
    His name is John Miller and had moved to Sicklinghall in December. Showing competent leadership I checked his brakes worked and asked if he had ECD. Yes was the answer although the second question I didn’t ask until halfway round. 👎
    John informed us he was from East Sussex and was a member of the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club. Situated in land between Brighton and Eastbourne. Presumably the wandering had inadvertently lead him to Yorkshire and Sicklinghall. 😊
    We set off down the Walton road to meet Pete C and after further introductions rode on to Wighill, Tadcaster, Oxton. The stretch of road between the A64 bridge and Oxton provided the first test as we rode through the centre of the road to negotiate the flood. As is the case on a Saturday there were plenty of fellow devotees practicing their riding and no sooner had we passed the flood, we met another group coming in the opposite direction who shouted, Deep Flood Ahead. The water had collected in the hollow coming out of Oxton.
    Ever reliable Pete D showed his bravery and took it on first, I thought if he gets an early bath we can abort. Could have been quite a baptism for our guest. 🏊
    We also made sure other groups coming towards Tadcaster got a similar warning.
    Having all got safely through we rode on to Appleton Roebuck, down Daw lane turning north to Acaster Airfield and Malbis. As expected the Ouse was very swollen. We then headed to Copmanthorpe and Askham Richard and our cafe stop at the Grange.

    The cafe was busy but not before we muscled in on a table. Normally there are more staff on but today just the two.
    We did say to John all new riders paid for the coffee, Pete C said this ordinarily included full English breakfast. Only joking. 🙃
    After our refuelling we set off for home, Pete C needed to be back early for family duties and left us to ride to Healaugh, we headed to Rufforth, Long Marston and Tockwith, and in true holiday guide fashion pointed out the Marston Moor monument.
    After Cowthorpe we turned to Wetherby on the Knaresborough road and as Pete D had further to go he sped on leaving Dave and I to see John to Wetherby.
    Despite the mist a good ride and hopefully we gave our guest convivial company and as much information about the club to enable him to decide on whether he would like to join.

    Steve B

  • Wednesday 7th Feb 2024 – Boston Spa-Allerthorpe Lake – 65miles
    Tuesday was wet but Wednesday looked good so Ride Leader Steve suggested we delay The Tuesday ride. It turned out to be a great call because we had great weather – cold, sunny and just about windless. Unfortunately, Steve’s garden was being converted into a trench so he had to stay home which meant I stepped into the breach for one week only! Regular Tuesday riders Neil P, Steve P, Phil R Dave W met at the church at the usual time and were joined by Phil W making only his second appearance with the Tuesday lot. We set off at a decent pace going via Wighill and Healaugh. Phil R left us at this point and we continued past Askham Bryan College. I managed to stop two riders (who should remain nameless) trying to take a short cut using the A64 before we reached the Planets Path to cross the river. Leaving the path, we noticed that the Moor Lane bridge was still flooded. We intended to come back that way so a route replan was needed for our return. After Escrick and Elvington we took the Thornton road before we stopped at Allerthorpe Lake for lunch being joined by Steve Ward after about 10mins. Steve P was celebrated a milestone birthday …… although in this case, the milestone was reaching the age when a pension arrives so we helped him spend his first payment by allowing him to pay for our coffees. The ensuing discussion covered a trip to South Africa with photos of an elephant entering living quarters before switching to a potted history of George Hudson (the Railway King) who had a massive impact on so many towns in the area. Steve P then started extolling the virtues of Wetherspoons in Garforth where he was going to celebrate his birthday – fair to say he is not letting his new-found wealth change him! Steve W rode with us on the way back taking more than his share of riding at the front which meant we made good speed. We headed back on a diversion via Escrick before rejoining the Planets path and came the rest of the way via the airfield at Acaster Selby then Bolton Percy. At Tadcaster, Phil W and Dave W left us to go back via Wighill and Steve W left us to go back to Aberford to get his car. Neil and I rode back to Boston Spa with Steve before heading back to Bramham. Going back to the start, as we were leaving Boston Spa, we saw my wife leaving the church. Lisa and I act as a local collection point for a charity (The Clothing Bank) that collects clothes in good condition that can be used by people who, for whatever reason, are struggling so she had been there to collect some bags of clothes left by their parishioners. If any members are having a wardrobe clear-out and would like to support the charity, please give me a shout. One final quirk, being one to notice patterns (whether useful or not!), it was odd that all the riders had surnames from the latter end of the alphabet with 2xP, 2xR and 3xW. We had lovely weather for the time of year so it was a really good ride – two good Tuesday rides on the trot – long may it continue! May be an image of map and text
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Brimham Rocks and Ripon, 56 miles , 30 January 2024.
    Normally it is the Thursday ride which tackles the hills but I decided an early ride with some climbs seemed a good start for the year, that said not as challenging. I rode across to BS Church and couldn’t help notice after the rain how high the Wharfe was, something which we would witness on the roads. Waiting at BS church was Pete C and we were soon joined by Keith, Neil and Pete D. Nick was joining us at the top of Linton lane. Unfortunately Pete C was suffering with a stomach bug and had decided he would turn early. As it was Nick needed to have a short ride also and he and Pete turned at Sicklinghall. This just left the Rampaging Four. Our route had taken us to Collingham, Linton and up-to Sicklinghall where as I had witnessed before the road was flooded at the top of the street. It never fails to amaze me when this happens although it was easily explained as the pond at the roadside had flooded. No flood at the bottom of the road. Moving on we rode to KOB and down the lane to the A61 where we turned right and into Burn Bridge. The climb up Hillfoot Lane was steeper resulting in me getting shot out the back. Something that would happen on a few further climbs on the way to Brimham Rocks. I think all three of them probably wished they had donned an extra warm top. Whereas I stayed warm with the extra effort. Mind you they at least got a regular rest. From Burn Bridge we went to Beckwithshaw and onto Pennypot lane then turned to Hampsthwaite. On a Tuesday Sophie’s cafe is closed so another visit on a different day would be necessary. Our next effort involved the climb of Clint Bank and turning then north and west up to Burnt Yates. Leaving the Pateley Bridge road we headed to Brimham Rocks. The views continued to improve the higher we got and Neil remarked it was not my normal approach to have a lumpy ride. I pointed out today was specifically for him to celebrate his enjoyment of hill riding. That was about the only conversation I had on the way out since everyone kept leaving me, fortunately I didn’t take the hint. Plus I refused to stop when I caught them up. This meant I could avoid any feedback. 😂😂 A brief photo stop at the top and we turned down wind and started our descent through Risplith to Ripon, special chapeau to the motorist who stopped and allowed us through a flooded section thereby avoiding a drowning. Our cafe stop was at Tates garden centre. A recommendation from Kathy. The bike park is round the back and I have to say the place was very welcoming. A selection of savoury and sweet options along with coffee satisfied our cravings. Our final route took us over the Ure and through Skelton, again negotiating the flooded sections, to Boroughbridge and up the A168 and home. With a pleasant tailwind we made good time. The Nidd was running high so avoiding a route to Cattal bridge was probably a wise move. Many thanks guys for your patience and for an enjoyable ride.
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  • 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

  • WW Thursday ride to Allerthorpe, 25th January 2024, 71 miles.
    A decent turn out this week of 10 on one of the better days of the year so far. The first part of the ride took us through York to Dean’s garden centre. It was quite busy but they were quite accommodating and rearranged some tables so that we could all sit together. After the teas and cakes it all looked to be going quite well but I was well aware that if we were to get around the planned route we needed to get a move on. So I left the car park at the head of the group and set off. I wasn’t aware however that Dennis had discovered one of his tyres was a little on the soft side. Now I knew that he wasn’t turning for home as he had said nothing. I won’t go into any more details except to say I had done about 5miles before I realised that Dennis wasn’t with us. Sadly a lost and dejected Dennis headed for home. The group now pressed on to Pocklington and turned south near the market place to pass Pocklinton School, the gliding club, Allerthorpe village and on to the lake. Again the cafe was surprisingly busy so we all sat in the annex. A limited menu on the day but good quality. We set off thinking that it could rain mid afternoon and the light could diminish early; Leeds chaps in particular. So shortest route home taking account of crossing the river. When we got to Wheldrake we turned left for Eskcrick, left again at Deighton and on to the cycle track before reaching Naburn. When we left the cycle track on the outskirts of Bishopthorpe we knew we had to go through Bishopthorpe village. However second disappointing event of the day now occurred. I stopped to make sure everyone got off the cycle track but the leading group went through some temporary traffic lights and pressed on. The remaining five had no idea which way they had gone so we took our normal route home through Copmanthorpe, Healaugh, Wighill and home. It was about 4.15 when we arrived back but the light had faded. Hope the Leeds boys didn’t get too wet. The full group was Graham, Pete Dack, Neil, Nick, Dave Westerman, Bob, Greg, Michael Brawley, Steve Pearson and Dennis. Graham
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Riccall, 42 miles, 23 January 2024.
    Four members of the Wheelers SAS squad assembled at BS church ready for action. In case you are unsure of the meaning, SAS stands for Saturated and Soggy. The four were Neil, Keith, Dave W and me Steve B. We were honoured with Pete C in his cycling gear, he decided to not ride, and Stuart fresh from his Medical repairs, turning out to wave us off. It was hardly a six month tour from Portsmouth 😄 to the Red Sea. The forecast had deteriorated from Monday. The weather Gods were continuing with their diet of baked beans and mushy peas with the promise of winds for the rest of the week. In view of the weather I had chosen a shorter route and we set off to Wighill, Tadcaster, Bolton Percy, Appleton Roebuck and Acaster Malbis. The Wharf was running high when we crossed the bridge and it became more ominous that flooding was going to affect our journey. Sure enough as we rode towards Wighill the view to the right was filled with the newly formed permanent feature of the Tadcaster Lagoons. Thankfully the crocs were hibernating. Dave and Keith were deep in conversation busy planning the next Rugby Lions Tour. 🏉 I commented on the Lady we regularly see out running on Daw Lane, in all weathers. Special Chapeau to her. Riding past Acaster Airfield the police were hiding in one of the openings clearly avoiding any grief. 🚔 It was obvious Acaster Malbis would be flooded yet again and that forced us to ride to Bishopthorpe in order to get to the cycle path. The Ouse had broken its banks and the whole area was flooded Again. The only thing missing was a rebuild of Noah‘a Ark. That said the area looked like a film scene from Dunkirk with the small boats waiting to pick up survivors. The run down the cycle path to Riccall was into the wind and we were glad to make the cafe as we had endured a constant stop start of rain for the first 22 miles. Fortunately we managed to squeeze onto two tables and enjoy a hot drink and food. With the risk of flooding around Naburn we took the sensible option of retracing our ‘steps’ , at least the wind was with us. A further variation on the route was to follow the whole cycle path back to Askham Bryan and then by road to Healaugh, Wighill and Walton. There we split into two groups to head home. Two miles from home my front brake started to bind but thankfully it continued to work. Pleased to say a new cable fitted so all should be well. All in all a good ride despite the elements. Ps. Kathy, any chance you can return with some warm sunny weather with a constant tailwind for us. 😄
  • Wetherby – Sherburn in Elmet, Saturday 20th January 2024, 36 miles

    Riders: Pete Cartledge, Dave Westerman, Sean Christie & me, Alec Marley

    Route: Wetherby, NCR 665, Toulston, Stutton, Ulleskelf, Cawood, Sherburn Aero Club, Sherburn in Elmet, Aberford, Bramham then to our separate homes in Boston Spa, Wetherby & Bardsey.

    A red sky in morning was not what I wanted to see before I set off to Wetherby for the Saturday social ride. However I needn’t have worried … what’s a bit of wind!?!?

    Setting off with Dave along the NCR and after a bit of hick-up gathering the Boston crowd, off we went with the focus to the obligatory cafe stop … this time it was the Sherburn Aero Club. It was a surprise to hear it was a first for Sean.

    Setting off after a break of sitting in the warm and good chit chat we remembered we had to face the wind and cold. At last, as we arrived in Aberford as we looked forward to the wind being behind us. As we flew into Bramham we all said our goodbyes as we headed off on our own journeys home. Thanks guys for the company and hopefully having 4/5 layers will not be needed next time!?!?!

    Alec

  • 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

  • WW Tuesday Ride Copmanthorpe, 45 miles, 16 January 2024
    On Monday evening I had reviewed the weather reports and with the roads looking dry and a light SW wind it looked like a promising morning despite being cold and so it proved with some sunshine 🌞 thrown in as well. Dave W and I set off from Wetherby to meet Keith and Neil at BS church. A number of members had decided to miss the ride due to the risk of ice and sub zero temperatures, understandable, they were letting me down gently I think. 😄 Our usual route took us down Wood Lane and over the Wharfe. Not today folks. Police vans one at either end along with the police tape halted our progress. The nice Police lady apologised even though it wasn’t her fault for the disruption. An incident had taken place although looking at the abandoned vehicle on the bridge it didn’t look much of a problem for pedestrians and cyclists. Can’t let you through was the cry. So despite the recovery truck backing onto the bridge some quick thinking was needed, no laughing please 😂. Out came the phone and a call plus message to Keith and Neil required. As it happens folks Keith had sent a message while we were riding warning us of the closure. Suffice to say we headed for Wighill and then Tadcaster to meet them at the A162 junction out of the centre of the town. This allowed K and N chance to ride through BS to meet us. We didn’t know the cause of the problem until we got home later and learned a man had fallen off the bridge just before midnight. The body had been found and our condolences to his family. Well turning to the ride. Because of the cold weather a shorter one was planned. Our destination was Selby and the Hub cafe, out via Tadcaster, Ulleskelf, Church Fenton, Biggin and Bishop Wood. The riding conditions were good and not as cold as expected with the wind remaining very light. Coming out of Biggin I suggested we skip Selby as we had not ridden that far and head to Wistow, Cawood, Stillingfleet and Naburn planning a stop at the Little Acorns cafe at Copmanthorpe. They had a democratic meeting and to avoid me throwing my toys out of the pram agreed. With the breeze at our backs we rode on. Out of Cawood Dave told us of an inconsiderate motorist who had showered him and Pete D on Sunday on the same stretch. No shower today just some ice to avoid and the only piece encountered on the ride. We joined the cycle path at Howden lane where the Highway troops were busy clearing the flooded area under the bridge. Our route to Copmanthorpe took us through Acaster Malbis, first time for a few weeks we had been able to get through, the fields were still full of water. The cafe was busy but as we arrived a table became free which meant no one was in danger of being thrown out to make room for us. The hot drinks and food were welcome and despite a warning of snow flurries from Phil R we enjoyed our break. The final leg of the ride took us to Askham Bryan, Healaugh, Wighill and Walton where we split and went our separate ways home. Thanks for the ride guys and our efforts were rewarded with some fine weather.
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Easingwold, 9 January 2024, 60 miles.
    Sorry a very late report! An assortment of Wheelers met at BS church ready for the day’s ride. Keith, Pete D, Bob L, Kathy, Sean C, Dave W and me, Steve B. We were meeting Nick further down Rudgate. Both Pete C and Steve P were recovering from their respective complaints, while Neil showed excellent commonsense taking a weeks holiday in Tenerife. The plan was to ride to Easingwold for a cafe stop and then back via Huby to Skelton and Poppleton. Our route took us to Walton, down Rudgate to Cattal, collecting his Nibs on the way and then to Whixley, Great Ouseburn, Dunsforths and into Boroughbridge. The conversation again covered the Post Office scandal, as well as Kathy’s planned visit to Oz. Going through the Dunsforths we past the grapevines and we felt a visit and testing would be welcome. At Boroughbridge Nick turned back as he had a meeting to attend. The next leg took us to Thornton Bridge and into Brafferton where more house building was underway. At this stage we split into two groups with Pete D, Kathy and Sean riding ahead while the four of us stayed back. Bob was not feeling 100% so a gentler pace. At Easingwold we made full use of Teehee with hot drinks, beans on toast etc and flapjack being the order of the day. As Bob was not his usual chippy self I set off back with him on a shorter route, not by much though, and asked Keith to follow when ready so we didn’t hold them up. Sean decided to head for Aldwark and take the off road path to get back home. Bob and I rode to Tollerton then towards Overton. It was here the others caught us and Dave said he would stay with Bob and I while the others rode on. The plan was to cross over the ring road by taking the cycle path. Unfortunately it was obvious it had been flooded and was muddy. Keith rode back to warn us but not before Pete D had slid off and took a mud wallow. Fortunately he was not injured but clearly wet and cold. January is not Pete’s favourite month as his past tumbles had all been in January. This meant we had to ride down the A19 get round onto the ring road to get to Poppleton. The ride was proving a challenge. It was necessary to push on via the Rufforth cycle path, so Keith, Kathy, Dave kept Bob company back to BS, while I rode a more direct route to Wetherby down the B1223. I felt it was the better option to get to my gaff, get Pete’s steed in the car and get him warm and home. I think Bob may well have picked up some illness as he was struggling. Most unlike him, he is normally as strong as an Ox. Major apologies to Pete for his slide and clearly a major kit clean. Another eventful ride, although it stayed fine.🌞
  • 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

  • Wetherby to Thirsk, 11th January 2024, 65 miles.
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    An excellent turn out in Wetherby for this ride and the prospect of picking up others en route. Nine riders left the shambles and headed for Knaresborough with Nick to join us between North Deighton and Little Ribston. We split into several groups with the aim of hopefully meeting Geoff and Dennis at Piccadilly Motors. No Geoff or Dennis so we pushed on to meet Kathy on the hill out of Farnham. Geoff was there with Kathy so we now had 12 members but still Dennis was absent. The route now was to go through Ferrensby, Arkendale, Marton cum Grafton, Lower Dunsford and finally Boroughbridge. Most of the group achieved that and the plan was to have a quick coffee in Plenty. Despite a few missed phone calls we finally found Dennis in the cafe and the group was finally assembled. At this point Steve Booker decided to do a runner to get ahead of us and took Dave Westerman with him. Steve and Dave missed the break but the rest of us had a pleasant cupper in the back room. Kathy said good bye at this point and the rest of us set off to chase Steve and Dave.
    We took the direct route through Norton le Clay, Cundall, Topcliffe and Carlton Miniott. We didn’t catch the run aways but we were united in the Upstairs Downstairs Cafe. Steve had arrange a nice big table so we could all sit together and the food was excellent. The only problem at this time of year was that the service was a little slow meaning we had to get a move on to get back to Wetherby in the light. The return journey took us via Dalton and Sessay to Boroughbridge. At this point we would normally return via Knaresborough but I decided to take the shortest (least popular) route down the A168. Mike Bosomworth opted for the Dunsforths, Bob and Geoff for Arkendale while the rest headed down the Great North Road. I must admit the pace at the front went up a bit and myself, Michael Brawley, Pete Dack and Dave Westerman made it back to Wetherby for 3.35. I waited at the normal spot and saw both Phil and Steve Pearson. I hope everyone enjoyed the day.
    The full 13 person turn out was Graham, Phil, Geoff, Dennis, Kathy, Nick, Bob Johnson, Mike Bosomworth, Michael Brawley, Steve Pearson, Dave Westerman. Steve Booker and Pete Dack.

    Graham
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  • Wetherby to Ripon, Thursday 28th December 2023, 43 miles
    Six people, GB, Mike Bosomworth, Michael Brawley, Pete Dack, Phil and Sean F turned out for the final Thursday ride of the year. There may have been a few more looking to shed a few pounds but were put off by the forecast of strong winds. We were heading for Ripon and Olivers Pantry which according to their web site was open. The minor problem was a forecast for rain between 12 and 1.00 . Progress through Knaresborough and Staveley was easy because of the tail wind. At Boroughbridge the Ure was extremely high and we now turned in to the wind to head through Skelton. Annoyingly the forecast rain arrived early and rain jackets were needed for the last few miles through Copt Hewick and Sharow. Thankfully Olivers was open and we managed to sit out most of the heavy rain discussing knife crime and eating bacon sandwiches. Stupidly I managed to leave my gloves outside during the cafe stop. The return journey followed the normal route through Bishop Monkton to Knaresborough and then home. The return home was windy but without the expected big gusts. Graham
  • Wetherby to Lotherton Hall, Sunday 7th Jan 2024, 37 miles
    Just Nick and myself out this Sunday. Quite a surprise, since for January it was a decent day weather wise. Obviously just going to Lotherton and back isn’t very far and so we headed through Boston Spa towards Aberford and Fairburn. Just before the A63 we turned left and went through Lumby and then in to South Milford. I asked Nick if he had ever stopped at the Old Post Office cafe which he hadn’t. A new one on me? I was surprised that it was open but it was actually very busy. We had a coffee outside next to a very efficient patio heater. They do excellent breakfasts and their cakes are fantastic. Back on the bikes we made our way past Steeton Hall and its ancient gateway, through Newthorpe and into Sherburn. We then turned left into Coldhill Lane and we were now both pondering whether or not it was worth stopping at Lotherton Hall. We decided it was and retired for hot sausage rolls. A discussion about how long it was ago that we had actually been in the hall concluded that it was indeed a long time ago. We set off refreshed and took a direct route back via Aberford and the 168. A brief pause in Wetherby before Nick’s fairly early return to Tockwith. Anyone for York…?
  • Wetherby – Pocklington, Thursday 4th January 2024, 74 miles

    On the first day of 2024 without any anticipated rainfall or strong winds, six of us met at the Shambles in Wetherby, determined to head east, picking our way through the floods caused by the heavy rain over the previous few weeks.  The group comprised ride leader Graham B, Sean F, Mike B, Steve P, Dennis M and me, Phil W, with a plan to have one stop only to give time to return in the daylight, and looking forward to some promised sunshine…..we can only hope!

    We left Wetherby at 9.30am, heading east over the A1(M) motorway towards Walton, past Thorp Arch Trading Estate and along Wighill Lane, turning left on to Church Lane, on towards Healaugh and past Asham Richard, before reaching Askham Bryan.  There were several full width floods across the roads en route which we carefully cycled through, with acres of flooded fields to either side.  This was the theme of the ride, selecting passable roads whilst feeling sympathy for those farmers who are experiencing real difficulties, as a result of the saturated or flooded ground.

    Leaving the ‘Askhams’ behind us, we cycled over the roundabout above the A64 and along Manor Heath to Copmanthorpe, through and left along Temple Lane and through Bishopthorpe.  Due to flooded roads near Naburn we joined the cycle track towards Selby, selecting one exit which wasn’t flooded, before heading through Escrick and along Skipwith Road before turning left to Wheldrake.  We turned left along Greengages Lane, turning right at the ’T’ and cycling through Elvington and Melrose, where Sean F turned home, having a much longer return ride home than the rest of us.  The remaining five cyclists continued though Allerthorpe before arriving at the Smile Cafe, just to the north of Pocklington, by midday.  

    As ever, the cafe didn’t disappoint, after an excellent lunch, warm drinks and a good chat we headed back into Pocklington and turned west, through Barmby Moor towards Elvington.  We returned along our outward route as far as Wheldrake, where we continued through Crockey Hill towards York, turning back towards Naburn, taking the cycle track again for a short distance and into Bishopthorpe.  From here we again retraced our route out though Copmanthorpe, Askham Bryan, Healaugh, Wighill, Walton and into Wetherby.  Despite the various floods that we encountered, thankfully we had an enjoyable ride without incident, the weather was good and we returned as planned by 3.30pm, well before sunset.  

    All in all, an excellent ride for this time of year.

    Phil

  • WW Tuesday Ride to Otley, 2 January 2024, 40 miles.
    First Club ride of 2024, it was great to be out despite the rain. On the Monday evening the weather suggested we might make the cafe at Otley before it rained. Well five of us met at BS church, Keith, Pete D, Neil, Bob L and me Steve B. However the forecast had closed in further but not enough to deter us. Bob needed a shorter ride so he decided on doing about 20 miles out to Healaugh and back via Tadcaster. That left the four of us to set off to Collingham, Sicklinghall, KOB and then onto Dunskeswick and Weeton. Keith and Pete entertained Neil and I discussing the Fujitsu Post Office system, or should we say disaster for the Post Office Owners. This was followed by the pain of heading a football from the past compared today. Well there were other subjects but I was busy trying to keep up. Fortunately Weeton wasn’t a problem however we had to avoid Castley and get to Leathley, Farnley via the main road. The river at Otley was very high but it didn’t stop us enjoying coffee and cake at the Rumble Tum cafe. The rain had started before we arrived at Otley which meant rain jackets essential. Our route home was the Leeds road to King Road and then Eccup, Shadwell and Thorner. The roads were full of water with debris lining the edges. Despite this the views across showed the extent of the flooding. I was surprised to see the reservoir wasn’t as full as expected. Pete departed home at Shadwell and I said my goodbye to head home to Wetherby on the A168 before Neil and Keith rode into Bramham. Top company guys and enjoyed being out.
  • Boston Spa to Ripon and Boroughbridge, Tuesday 5th December 2023, 43 miles
    Six people, GB, Mike Bosomworth, Michael Brawley, Pete Dack, Phil and Sean F turned out for the final Thursday ride of the year. There may have been a few more looking to shed a few pounds but were put off by the forecast of strong winds. We were heading for Ripon and Olivers Pantry which according to their web site was open. The minor problem was a forecast for rain between 12 and 1.00 . Progress through Knaresborough and Staveley was easy because of the tail wind. At Boroughbridge the Ure was extremely high and we now turned in to the wind to head through Skelton. Annoyingly the forecast rain arrived early and rain jackets were needed for the last few miles through Copt Hewick and Sharow. Thankfully Olivers was open and we managed to sit out most of the heavy rain discussing knife crime and eating bacon sandwiches. Stupidly I managed to leave my gloves outside during the cafe stop. The return journey followed the normal route through Bishop Monkton to Knaresborough and then home. The return home was windy but without the expected big gusts. Graham
  • Boston Spa to Fountains Abbey 19 Dec 2023 (53 miles)
    A 9:15 start from the Church in Boston Spa with the prospect of a dry day with some sunshine and reasonable temperatures for December attracted 9 riders: Steve B (Ride Captain), Keith, Pete, Bob, Steve P (from Kirk Deighton), Neil, Stuart, Brian Young and Sean (old). We started out over the bridge to Thorpe Arch then Wetherby via the cycleway to Kirk Deighton where we picked up Steve P. We cycled into a light headwind through Knaresborough then onto Ripley losing Brian (recovering from covid) and Stuart (recovering from his tumble a couple of weeks earlier) at the junction to Farnham. After Ripley the (modest) climbing started, winding up to the entrance to Studley Royal Park. We photographed Steve and Pete’s decorated bikes by the church (obviously only they had read the rules of the Christmas ride!). We didn’t have a vote as to the winner as they were similarly bedecked in tinsel (Steve-silver, Pete-gold). A tie seems fair to me. We also had some discussion as to the venue for lunch where we decided to push on to Boroughbridge (mainly flat/downhill plus a tail wind meant we could easily break the back of the journey before we ate. So, through Ripon to the always reliable Plenty care in Boroughbridge where we sat outside in the sun (but it was chilly so some of the team succumbed to the blankets provided). After lunch it was a fairly easy final 20 miles back to Boston Spa via the Ouseburns and Whixley and whilst the wind did pick up it was coming mostly from the side so wasn’t a problem.
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Selby, 12 December 2023, 45 miles.
    Only five riders out due to the conditions as well as those recovering from illness, injury and house removals. The festive five were Keith, Bob L , Pete C, who had recovered from his headaches, Pete D and me Steve B, Santa’s helper. Damp and misty weather was the order of the day as we rolled out across the Wharfe to Walton and Wighill. With all the rain we had endured some areas were suffering in biblical proportions. The bridges at Tadcaster, Cawood were closed and flooding had closed the roads at Ulleskelf and Acaster Malbis. In addition there was plenty of standing water on the roads to add to the fun. Consequently the route selected was hopefully going to avoid these obstacles. Once through Healaugh we sailed through 3 log flumes heading to Copmanthorpe. After which to get over the Ouse we had to go via Bishopthorpe. We stopped on the bridge to survey the scene, pretty incredible but not really pretty and attached a picture of how it normally looks. QUIZ Can you guess what the 2 Narinja old boy’s are saying? Answer at the end. The plan was to come off the path onto Howden Lane and ride to Stillingfleet and Riccall. Change of plan, the lane was like a lake! Which meant we rode along the Planet’s path to Riccall and Selby. Festive photos enclosed. We managed to squeeze into the Hub cafe thanks to Pete D’s smooth moves asking the lady on her own to swap tables allowing us the bigger one. Pleased to say their homemade Christmas cake was available. After hot drinks and food we headed back via Bishop Wood, Biggin, Church Fenton to Barkston Ash. Keith and I talking about the Covid enquiry and what it hopes to achieve. We then covered heart rates and the affects of adrenaline and stress when riding. Mmmm heavy stuff. Its not surprising how we all talk of ailments be it our own or family. After Lotherton we said our goodbyes to Pete D as he peeled off for home at Aberford, leaving the four of us to ride to Bramham where we finally split for our respective dwellings. Big well done to Pete C who hadn’t been out for a while but was in excellent form and to Bob for checking I was okay during the ride, as well as the lads waiting for me. Many thanks guys, enjoyed the ride. ANSWER A lot of water 💧💧💧💧 dude. 😄
  • Wetherby Wheeler’s Christmas Lunch, Crooked Billet, Saxton, 10 December 2023.
    Just a brief report on the Club’s Festive Lunch. This year only 21 of us and slightly down on-last year due to illness, Nick our Chairman had flu and a medical operation for Kathy on her wrist. Unfortunately 4 short of an Advent Calendar 📆. Also this year Laura had accommodated us on two tables and not in the Conservatory. On Table 1 were the high flyers including our Club President Frank and a warm welcome to Kenn as well. Pete C and Bob L were acting as chauffeurs. In addition the Club Treasurer, Alec, had loosened his Scrooge like purse to ensure all had a drink to celebrate the occasion. Plus not least was the Club Secretary with his festive top and sporting a Father Christmas beard. Sorry guys the rest of you at the table fall into the Elf category. It is worth saying though that 4 of them, Graham, Michael, Greg and Mike B had ridden across in somewhat miserable conditions. On Table 2 were the also rans including our meal Coordinator Bill, full marks for his skilful arrangements, and to Steve P who had also ridden across from home. I have to mention Gavin who with festive waistcoat and trilby reminded me of Arthur from the program “Minder “. Special welcome to Dave and Neil, 2 new members as well as Steve W who we hadn’t seen for a while. Finally I believe the food must have been good judging by the empty plates. One last word for Laura for keeping us in check and best wishes to her when the baby arrives early February.
  • Boston Spa to Ripon and Boroughbridge, Tuesday 5th December 2023, 43 miles
    I woke earlier than usual to allow time to walk the dogs before riding across to BS church. It was as forecast with light rain and drizzle, not the lemon cake variety. I thought if two or three drop out I might be able to go back to bed. However Wheeler’s are made of sterner stuff and with Pete D over from Leeds and Kathy from Hampsthwaite it required Yorkshire grit to be shown. I met up with Dave W and we rode to BS where we met up with Neil, looking frozen, Kathy, Pete D and Bob L. suitably wrapped up. Keith unfortunately couldn’t make it due to the dogs keeping him up all night. With the weather not looking good we decided to skip Fountains Abbey and have a shorter one to Ripon and BB. Six of us set off across the Wharfe towards the cycle path on the Walton road. The early amusement greeted us with a standoff on the Bridge with 2 vehicles approaching and 1 blocking their way. A spot of handbags 😂😄😂 Are we allowed to say that now? Anyway it didn’t stop us crossing. The cycle path was covered in wet leaves and dodgy so care was needed. Travelling to Knaresborough the drizzle maintained a steady flow and with extra surface water 💦 the wheels got a regular rinse. Pleasingly the rain abated at Farnham and the skies started to lighten, I guess we could have done Fountains Abbey after all. However Neil was struggling with cold and wet feet, no over shoes, clue to his forthcoming Christmas box, and he decided to turn back leaving just the five of us. That said we rode through the closed road section at Bishop Monkton and the regular water 💧 parks on our way to Ripon and Oliver’s Pantry. Pleased to say they were serving drowned rats!😄 We settled in to Baked Beans, Scrambled Eggs and coffees. Now we all commented that we used to get two slices of toast, but not today. Must be a recession! Inevitably the conversation centred around ailments and extra bodily fitments like heart valves, artificial joints and pacemakers. 😂😂😂 I suppose it was a change from our last visit when we heard about Kathy’s Florida holiday and I covered the villain and the rescuer in the form of the Orlando Sentinel from my visit there last century. Time to ride home and cheerily the skies were blue and the sun was out plus we had a tailwind.😄 Great planning I hear you say. Heading through Skelton to BB we decided against the Dunsforths as they were low lying and probably featured more standing water, not to mention the Nidd was high and Cattal bridge may have also been flooded. So pedal to the metal and we charged down the A168 to Wetherby with Pete D ensuring we didn’t slouch. With Dave and I peeling off first it left the three amigos to complete their ride back to BS. I wonder if the 3 motorists had sorted their dispute over who should back down. Could require a U N Peace Keeping Force. The pleasures of Ride Organiser meant getting to arrive home first.😄😄 more careful planning. 😄 Thanks guys and we were blessed as ever with improved weather.
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Allerthorpe, with added variety, 28th November 2023

    With the temperature no more than 1 degree eight Wheelers plus one guest assembled at BS Church dressed ready for the cold.
    Keith, Pete D, Bob L, Stuart, Dave W, Neil P, Steve P, Mike our guest from Kirby Malzeard, supporting Stuart and your resident hack, me, Steve B.
    None of us were expecting what was to be quite an eventful day. I had already posted the proposed route on WhatsApp the evening before.
    Heading out of BS towards Tadcaster we all know what the congestion can be like with parked vehicles and only one lane free. So REALLY what was the articulated lorry doing coming up?
    Once through our journey took us up Rudgate to Stutton, Ulleskelf and Cawood. Approaching Stutton we split into two groups. The quicker guys of Keith, Steve P, Neil, Pete D and Dave rode on ahead.
    The remaining four set a steady tempo and maintained a knowledgeable chatter.
    Mike had apparently known Stuart for a number of years, cycling together in Wales and despite 18 years continued to live at K M. He reminded me of Bob J with his saddlebag and helmet less head, but a scarf and woolly hat to keep the chill at bay.
    We arrived at Cawood to see the front group loitering outside the corner shop. They shouted as we went past the bridge was closed. I immediately thought I’ve never seen the bridge closed there must be a river vessel coming through. Wrong, the barriers had come down and stuck, some motorists had been there half an hour!
    The bridge man shouted they would be open in 3 minutes. What else could he say when the Road Captain had arrived. 😄😄
    Across we went and onto Kelfield, Escrick, Wheldrake, Elvington and Melbourne. More on this shortly.
    The faster group past us heading to Kelfield and with Keith double checking the route we let them crack on.
    After the keffulle at Cawood we got back into our stride. Much to our enjoyment, well Christmas is coming, the roads at Elvington had been repaired with fresh smooth tarmac. Wonders never cease.
    Crossing the bridge at Sutton on Derwent we were greeted with the view of flooded fields which immediately made me comment about the bridge to Melbourne being closed a few weeks ago. Sure enough the signs were out including not just road closed but pedestrians and cyclists couldn’t get through.
    I hope the front group saw the instructions 😂😂😂😂
    apparently not. Reading and riding requires multi tasking . 😂😂😂
    At this stage we couldn’t be sure.
    We rode on towards Barmby Moor planning to get to our destination via Thornton. The right turn to Thornton said road closed, albeit only half the road blocked, but knowing the route I felt comfortable taking it as it probably referred to Haggs Bridge at Melbourne.
    Sure enough we were through and arrived at Allerthorpe. Country Park cafe for midday. Guess what, you’re right no front group. Keith had sent a message to say the bridge was closed, well we already knew that.
    The four of us settled into hot drinks, food and cake, boy can they cook and bake. The quiche and chocolate cake demanded the question from me, do you take lodgers?
    The breakfast baps also being popular.
    Suffice to say the rest arrived to guffaws of derision, while we were eating. Apparently they didn’t take the Thornton road as they feared having to turn back again, instead they headed to Barmby Moor and came in via Pocklington. 😄😄
    To be fair they took it in good humour.
    Finishing first the four of us headed back via Thornton and I did ask they didn’t insult us too much once they caught us up.
    The faster group caught us at Sutton on Derwent and for a short spell we were together before a tractor and a line of cars help fragment the peloton coming into Wheldrake.
    Three were ahead and caught in the traffic , the rest of us took the back way through Wheldrake to the Crockey Hill road. Another phone call ☎️ where were we?, on ahead I said so more chasing back on for them.
    We all briefly regrouped on Howden lane and the faster four cracked on. This left five of us, however Stuart despite having a back up electric pack was down to 6% and was worried. Mike kept an eye on him while the rest of us rode in front. Unfortunately another off piste event then happened. I rode onto the cycle path and saw Bob behind with the other three following. Bob must have not seen me ride up the track to the path and he went straight on. Steve P, Mike and Stuart joined me. Where was Bob, another phone call 📞 and no answer. Steve P and I waited for Bob allowing Stuart and Mike to keep going in view of his electric issue. We tried ringing again on the bridge and left a message. Pleased to say he got home safely via Stillingfleet, Cawood, Ulleskelf and Stutton. So much for controlling the ride, it was becoming Fred Karnos again.
    Steve and I realising what had happened rode on via Copmanthorpe to Healaugh where we caught up with Mike and Stuart. The latter had come off and Mike was affecting some minor repairs. We then took our time back with Stuart’s bike not 100%.
    Despite all a great ride even if it had got colder. Thankfully Stuart is okay and is more worried about his bike.

    Thanks guys.
    Another adventure! 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️☎️📞🍰🌭

  • WW Saturday Ride to Boroughbridge, 25 November 2023.
    With the temperature hovering around zero, six Eskimos set off from the Shambles for the Saturday ride to Boroughbridge via Bishop Monkton. Cold it was but you could be forgiven for thinking it was a summer’s day when looking out the window. Well despite Sleepy’s absence Phil W, Pete’s C and D, Bob L, Alec M and me Steve B the Pen were ready to drive the Polar Bike train 🚂. Our route took us through Knaresborough, Farnham and Bishop Monkton before turning east to Boroughbridge. It was only as we left Bishop Monkton did the temperature rise above 1 degree but with the breeze now with us it made the journey much easier. Arriving at cafe Plenty we were greeted with no room at the Inn, which meant not the stables but a seat outside with a blanket. Pete made full use to protect his pins. 🦵🦿 Hot drinks and sandwiches plus cakes were happily consumed. We did tell stories about our past dogs 🐕 who had performed exceptional tasks. Pete C covered one of his dogs from his farm days fetching a gosling from the barn into the house, washing it and taking it back. Bob told us about carrying his dog well over a mile after it was injured, something I once did with mine on a Lake District hike. Plus teaching the same dog how to get across cattle grid. Pete C gave us an update on his progress which surprise surprise meant extra massage needed. 😄😄😄 for his trapped nerve. Leaving the cafe amid a volume of traffic our route took us through the Dunsforths to Great Ouseburn, onto Whixley and through Cattal to Walton. With the breeze at our backs the ride in the sun was most enjoyable. We had happily agreed to let Pete D and Phil crack on, well they are quicker, which meant we didn’t see them again. Guess the breakaway took the stage honours. At Walton we went our separate ways and even though the temperature barely crept up to 5 degrees it was an excellent ride. Thanks guys.
  • Tuesday 21st November – destination Masham

    I was running late due to 4 way traffic lights at a major roundabout (the usual story – been there for ages and no need for 4 way traffic lights….moan over). A number of riders including myself had elected to meet the others in Kirk Deighton where there is a nice wooden bench to sit on and bus shelter if it is raining. Steve P also said he was going to pop into the church prior to setting off too…I don’t think he did which could have jinxed the ride…see later.

    I saw the main group go past in Wetherby as I cycled quickly to jump on the back of the peloton as it sped into Kirk Deighton. We were quickly organised into 2 groups by Steve B, the ride leader and I was in a group with Steve B, Steve P, Bob L, Bill, Stuart and Nick. I cannot exactly tell you who was in the second group but I know Dave W, Keith, Gavin, Geoff and Neil were there. Apologies to anyone I have missed but I only saw you for a split second!

    We set off towards Knaresborough, the weather wasn’t brilliant and there was a cold northerly wind, but it is November and it was good to be out. Unfortunately the hedge cutters were also out in force and as we turned off towards Ripon after Farnham we came across a load of fresh cuttings and thorns on the road. We thought we had all escaped OK but sure enough as we came into Bishop Monkton Steve B’s back tyre was flat.

    The wheel quickly came off but the same cannot be said for the tyre which in spite of all our best efforts remained stubbornly stuck onto the wheel. Steve was wondering at this point whether they were in fact tubeless tyres with a tube in, they were so hard to get off. Steve decided that a taxi to the bike shop in Ripon might be the best course of action as it was only 4 miles away and he phoned ahead to Moonglu cycle shop who said they would be happy to help if he could get there. Unfortunately his attempt to get a taxi wasn’t looking too hopeful. In the meantime, Bob, not being one to give up, was still working on the tyre and to everyone’s amazement had managed to get a tyre lever under it! We all agreed Bob must have very strong hands!! With the help of Nick and Bill, the tyre was levered off and a thorn found. The new tube was inserted and the tyre reinstated on the wheel. Unfortunately it wasn’t seating properly but enough to get Steve to Ripon.

    Arriving at Moonglu the guy there was extremely helpful and said that by inflating the tube some more the tyre should seat itself under pressure, which it did.

    We were all very cold by this time and decided that we just needed a warm drink and some hot food so we headed to Oliver’s cafe. Masham was out now as it was getting late and the daylight wouldn’t last past 3.30pm but I heard the other group made it there ok.

    The ride back was thankfully uneventful and much easier as we now had a tailwind which helped us all the way home and in particular along the A168 from Boroughbridge- we were back in Wetherby in no time.

    Kathy

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    The library window today. Thanks to Phil W and Kathy for “ What the Members Say” Nick
  • WW Saturday Social Ride to Sherburn Aero Club, 18 November 2023.
    Nick has been very prompt with his Sunday Ride report, yesterday we had family for lunch, no more excuses so I better get cracking with one for Saturday. I had woken in good time and first job is to walk the dogs, it was a miserable start with drizzle in the air, didn’t feel too motivated, however once back and my porridge consumed I rode to the Shambles with Dave Westerman for the 9.00am start. As expected from the Watsapp messages just the two of us. As arranged we set off for BS to meet Pete C in constant drizzle. Pete was waiting at the church looking equally depressed. However once we set off out of BS towards Tadcaster the drizzle cleared and the clouds started to lift. Does the word righteous come to mind. Well the three veteran Tough guys rode on towards Ulleskelf, Church Fenton, Ryther and Cawood. There was plenty of standing water in the fields but the roads were largely clear. We passed coming the other way the new member I believe, Sean as we shouted our pleasantries. As I was leading the way, geographically speaking, I listened to the two Pop Pickers as they went through a music All Our Yesterdays. Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Burt Weedon, and others. Being more of a Blues fan I listened with interest and have to say it made the journey very enjoyable. It seems Dave’s years playing Rugby had brought him into contact with a number of people Pete knew. From Cawood we headed towards Thorpe Willoughby before banking right back onto the Sherburn road and into the Aero Club. The club was quiet and we were in no rush. Scones, Bacon sandwich and hot drinks didn’t take long to arrive in the festive surroundings. The conversation again went back in time with the changes to policing compared to Pete’s 30 years chasing villains. Again Pete and Dave knew a few past officers they had come into contact with. We then taxied to the road and took off. Our route home was shorter passing through Sherburn, Lotherton and Aberford before we arrived at the top of Bramham where we parted company with Pete as we headed home. Dave and I rode back via the A168 and cycle path in to Wetherby. We all agreed as is often the case we had made the effort. Very much like Nick and Graham. Thanks guys.
  • sunday 19 Nov
    Date Sunday 19 November Destination Ilkley Weather report Depends who you ask. Chance of rain Who’s out? Graham and Nick Some apologies for absence came in on What’s App so just two of us met at 9.30. I ( Nick), had to get home early so Graham agreed to join me in an abbreviated morning. Still, we had a pleasant ride- Sicklinghall, North Rigton and Almscliffe Crag, then down to Stainburn and Pool for coffee. The North Rigton- Almscliffe Crag- Stainburn section is especially attractive once you’ve done the fairly easy climb up to it and the autumn leaves on the trees caught the sun whilst those on the road called for caution on the steep downhill. A cyclist in the café assured us that we would get soaked in Wetherby later. Descending to Weeton I remembered Mark’s request at the AGM and paused for a photo. Near Dunkeswick , Graham got a thorn in his front wheel but it didn’t take long and we were still on schedule. No rain in Wetherby.
  • WW Tuesday Ride to Selby, 52 miles, 14 November 2023.
    The previous evening the weather was looking uncertain in terms of rain but the wind would subside. On the basis of this AI weather forecast a sensuous seven promised their attendance. The good news was very little rain for our proposed route. This moved our sensuous seven up-to a Fabulous Eight the following morning. Five met at BS church, Keith, Pete C, Stuart, Dave W and me Steve B. Three more were collected at Aberford, Gavin, Pete D and Neil. Bob L had said last Saturday he would be out but instead he flew the country to Wales, Kathy also sent her holiday apologies from across the Pond. It seems excuses are becoming more extraordinary by members having to flee the country rather than ride. However Steve P had the best excuse, arranging a Physio appointment on an official ride day, or was it a massage with a HE. 😁 Moving on we had a shower of rain before starting and didn’t suffer any rain until while we ate our lunch and only needed a short ride very late on in the rain. Leaving BS our route took us past Bowcliffe Hall, on to Aberford and Micklefield. We turned off the old A1 down Westfield Lane riding to Lumby, Fairburn and on to Hillam. The quiet lanes always inspire. Passing through Birkin, West Haddsley and Temple Hurst our final section involved crossing Barlby Airfield (ducking under the flight path) and on into Selby and the Hub cafe. Sheltering under a large umbrella we consumed eggs, beans, toast, cakes and drinks. Politics was discussed or should I say a new Hyde Park Corner was created. Just needed a soap box. The cafe promised to have their excellent Christmas cake available soon. Thankfully the rain stopped and we set off to Barlby, Riccall, Kelfield and Cawood. Our journey had been largely peaceful all day but the extra rain showed its affect with a high river level and over flowing into the fields around Ryther especially. We said our goodbyes to Gavin at Ulleskelf as he headed home. The rest of us rode through Stutton towards Bramham where we all broke off to go our separate ways home. Glad we got out guys, many thanks.
  • WW Saturday Social Ride to Riccall, 40 miles, 11 November 2023

    The festive song the 12 Days of Christmas has 9 Ladies Dancing, well the WW version has the 9 Crocks out Cycling. I can’t remember the last time we had such a great turnout.
    The 9 elves were Phil W, Phil R, Glyn, only his third ride in the last few weeks after a long injury layoff, Geoff (great to see you) and me Steve B at the Shambles. More on the other four shortly.
    The five of us headed up the cycle path next to the A168 and onto the 168 road up to Bowcliffe Hall before turning left to Toulston Lane. Not an easy journey with the sun low in the sky hindering our vision.
    Phil R was on a change of bike, but it didn’t stop us Raleigh round him.
    At the top of Windmill Hill the Boston Spa and Bramham revellers, namely Pete C, Bob L, Sean C and Stuart were there ready for action.
    Stuart having recovered from his ills after Tuesday.
    Splitting the group into two Phil W was too slow stepping backwards when a request for a volunteer to lead was requested. 😄🚴‍♀️
    So off we went with Phil leading Sean, Glyn and Geoff in the first group and me leading the second.
    Our route took us through Stutton, Ulleskelf, Cawood to Riccall. There were plenty of cyclists coming in the opposite direction on a lovely sunny day even if the temperature never got above 6 degrees.
    We arrived at the Pickled cafe at Riccall shortly after Phil’s group. Great marshalling of the troops Phil.
    It was obviously a popular choice as Keith and Darren were there with another friend.
    The cafe is also the Post Office and has its own bakery with the sausage rolls, scotch eggs and cakes easily devoured.
    Well a variety of sandwiches, savouries and cakes were duly ordered with the coffee.
    The nine of us set off back on the six miles to Naburn on the very leafy and slippery cycle path. I missed it and didn’t dare ask for a rerun but Phil W lost his real wheel in hopefully not too bad a spill. 🚲 🍁
    After Naburn our journey took us through Copmanthorpe, Healaugh to Wighill. Despite trying to get over his ailment Pete C couldn’t resist pulling the peloton along. Unfortunately it caused a split and we had to regroup in Wighill where recuperative jelly babies were issued.
    We said our goodbyes at Walton and went our various ways home.

    BIG well done to Glyn for riding across from Leeds and back, stuck to his task.
    To Geoff who we don’t see to often on a Saturday.
    Special Despatch to Phil W for leading group one.

    Thanks guys enjoyed our ride.

    Steve B

  • Wetherby – Bedale, Thursday 6th November 2023, 72 miles

    Weather reasonable, dry but cool for most of the day, rain showers arriving for the last few miles.

    Ride distance 72 miles.

    The group meeting at the Shambles in Wetherby was Graham, Mike Bosomworth, Mike Brawley, Phil, Greg and me Pete D, Nick joining us as we left for Knaresborough. A second contingent joining the group at Piccadilly Motors Knaresborough, Dennis, Geoff, and Mike Daybell (New).

    It was decided that Dennis would shepherd one group directly to Melmerby to meet up for coffee with the second echelon who under Graham’s leadership would wind their way on a longer ride through numerous villages to the coffee meet.

    G’s group headed out on a convoluted ride through Arkendale, Grafton, Lower Dunsforth, Boroughbridge, Marton-Le-Moor and Rainton to arrive just after Dennis’s group.

    We continued onto Bedale after coffee and sustenance as one group while maintaining safe spacing and ensuring we did not obstruct traffic.

    While passing through Kirklington (I think) we had a close encounter at a minor junction when a car intending to cross the main road we were riding along appeared to slow at the junction but then for some strange reason accelerated across the road as we were about to pass. Fortunately, the driver saw the error of their way (thankfully) and stopped. A few robust comments were expressed towards the driver who quickly disappeared.

    Lunch was taken at the 360 Cyclework Cafe, beans on toast with cheese seemed a popular choice, beans are a staple food for cyclists and are probably guilty of releasing many tonnes of obnoxious gas into the atmosphere. Phew.

    Service was a little slow as there was only one person preparing the food but eventually, we all got fed and watered and ready to hit the road again.

    It was decided that our return due to the possible lack of daylight would be via a well travelled route through West Tanfield, Ripon, Bishop Monkton back to Knaresborough,

    The Knaresborough guys left us here and the remaining bunch continued homewards to Wetherby and beyond.

    Rain decided to show itself as we left Knaresborough and rain jackets were donned by some and a swift pace was maintained back to Wetherby, Nick leaving us just before North Deighton to head for Tockwith.

    Farewells were said and the remaining contingent headed to their homes after a good day riding and even the rain didn’t dampen our spirits.

    Pete D

  • WW Tuesday Ride to Easingwold, 7 November 2023.
    Hope you like a soap opera. 😄 On Monday evening the weather looked promising and with 10 stoic members indicating their attendance we were set for a strong turnout. Keith unfortunately couldn’t attend as he had Pantomime technical duties to complete and Kathy one of our regular riders was Florida bound. Those expected at BS church were Neil, Bob L , Pete C, Stuart, Dave W, Gavin, good to see you, Pete D, Steve P, the Garforth presence and me Steve B. We had arranged to meet Bill at the A168 roundabout, well one of them. Before leaving home I got a call from Fred to say he was now coming and I arranged to meet him at, you guessed it, an A168 roundabout. Before leaving BS church we arranged two groups with five faster riders lead by Pete D setting off first with the ‘suggestion’ they went through Knaresborough to Boroughbridge with the plan we all arrive together at Easingwold. Well so much for plans. More later. We set off back over the Wharfe to the Walton road and Wetherby and the A168. Not everyone’s favourite but it is direct and flat. Collecting Bill, Fred and a twelfth rider in Nick, waiting at a A168 roundabout.😄Riding on Nick was just doing a short run to BB and Stuart suffering with cold and a cough also chose to return at BB. Hope you are recovering Stuart. At Thornton Bridge we headed to Brafferton, Raskelf then Easingwold. Thornton Bridge so named after the bridge over the Swale. Originally owned by the Lord of the Manor before reverting to the crown. At Easingwold Pete was feeling a little weary as this was his first long ride for a while and needed a breather like the rest of us. We settled in the Fika cafe with coffee, hot chocolate, scrambled eggs and cake. We had arrived at 11.25 expecting the others to be close at hand. The flags weren’t out but should have been as Fred also had a coffee. We had eaten, felt good for avoiding a short heavy shower and began to wonder where the fast group were. I tried ringing, no answer and no messages to say if all was well. After over half an hour they arrived as we were preparing to leave. They had ridden to Ripon? Missed the right turn to BB. Suddenly the day was taking on a Fred Karnos appearance. So an extra ten miles or more. Pete wanted a shorter route back so Bill, Bob and Fred retraced their steps. I stayed back to take the others on the full circuit. six of us, Pete D, Gavin, Steve P, Dave, Neil and me set off to Huby, Sutton on the Forest before taking the Wiggington road south. The ghostly presence from Garforth on the front carrying out his media duties. We turned west briefly and then south to Skelton crossing the A19 to pick up the cycle path taking us to Poppleton. Crossing the A59 as we trundled on. From there we picked up the cycle path to Rufforth but not before having to negotiate a fallen tree. Finally onto Healaugh, Wighill and Walton where we said our goodbyes, not before medicinal jelly babies of course, and then we took our separate ways home. Thanks guys and a good ride despite the route change. No rain to trouble us apart from a few minutes while sat in the cafe. Special thanks to Pete D for leading the fast group to Easingwold, to Bill, Bob and Fred for supporting Pete back to Wetherby. Ps. I need to claim tax relief on the jelly baby issues.
  • WW Saturday Ride to Askham Richard, 4 November 2023.
    Not surprisingly the weather was the usual factor affecting the destination and length of the ride. Well on Friday the forecast was for a light breeze from the east with rain likely from noon. Phil R had said he would decide in the morning and sure enough he messaged to say he had a late gig and wouldn’t be coming, presumably he had to stop out until he had sold all his copies of the Big Issue the night before. Well Alec and myself, Steve B were joined in the Shambles by Phil W, who said I need to be back early as I have to be in Harrogate for 1pm. Another presumably, retail therapy support Phil? We set off to Walton to meet the fourth member of the squad , Pete C. With the weather being uncertain I had decided on a short loop and a cafe stop at the Grange. Our route took us to Wighill, Tadcaster, Bolton Percy, Appleton Roebuck, Acaster Malbis initially. Bolton Percy is like many villages dating back to the Doomsday Book when its name was just Bolton. The Percy was added in the 13th century following William the Conqueror placing the Percy family as Lords of the Manor. That completes the history lesson so moving on. We were blessed with dry roads and quiet conditions. Pete was out for only his second ride in weeks and despite everything made slight work of the effort. Unfortunately Phil was riding the same route as he had on Thursday. The plan was to cross the Ouse at Naburn and ride to Fulford, returning over the Millennium Bridge to Bishopthorpe and onto our coffee stop. At a steady pace we arrived at the Ship Inn at Acaster Malbis to be faced by the Tsunami of water. This scuppered the plan so we decided to head through Copmanthorpe and onto Askham Richard and the Grange. We recommended Phil cracked on so as not to miss his retail therapy. The three of us settled in the cafe for their usual excellent food at extremely modest prices. I even ordered a Christmas cake, again very reasonable. However while relaxing the rain came which made us avoid a longer loop home and we cracked on back via a more direct one. At this time of year just getting out is great and again glad we did. Thanks guys.
  • WW Halloween Ride, 31 October 2023. Revised destination Sunnys cafe.
    Five members of the WW Special Forces arrived for action at BS church. They were Kathy, our Intelligence Officer, Steve P, Maintenance guru, Pete D. Squad Leader, Dave W, new squad member, and me Steve B, Tail end charley. Clearly the fear of Halloween ghosts deterring many others, or was it the weather! I had in mind the previous evening to ride out to Ledston where last year their village display was excellent. However Pete and Steve had ridden from that general direction and it seemed a little unfair to subject them to ride back the way they came, plus the roads were probably very dirty and maybe flooded. So we decided on a visit to Sunny’s cafe not far from Cycle Heaven. I know it was raining but we could at least dream. Sunny,s came about with the Covid outbreak when Sunny decided on a career change. Our route took us to Walton, Tockwith, Rufforth, Askham Bryan and through York to the Fulford road and our cafe stop. Between Tockwith and The Marston Moor monument we were warned of the impending storm Ciairan when a very obliging motorist chose to accelerate past us through a large puddle on the wrong side of the road and drench us. Even though we were already wet didn’t stop us questioning his parentage. Our ride through York got a little messy with traffic but we arrived safely. A very pleasant lady served us coffee, scrambled eggs, beans on toast, baked potato and cakes. The eggs were as I remember,👌, and the baked beans must have been equally good as they didn’t touch the sides when Kathy and Dave got stuck in. Which left Steve to demonstrate his culinary approval by clearing his plate of baked potato 🥔. Our table discussion touched on the subject of after the event of how we didn’t have a Covid plan and the various people appearing to criticise Boris etc. Very easy to criticise! People love to have a political dig. Value for money 💰👌 at Sunnys. Our route back was Fulford, Naburn, Stillingfleet, Cawood, Ulleskelf, Tadcaster and BS. With a gentle breeze to assist we had a good ride home despite the increasing poor weather. it didn’t stop us having a photo shoot at Cawood bridge and thankfully no paddling . Apparently Dave had been through when the water was running across the road.🌊 Cawood is notable for the Cawood sword, 🗡️, probably washed down the river a long time ago. We said our goodbyes at BS but not before a medicinal jelly baby. Thanks guys it way good ride and glad we made the effort. Special thanks to Kathy, Steve and Pete for coming all the way out.
  • Wetherby to Fewston and Ilkley, Thursday 26th October 2023, 54 miles

    This ride was posted as a ride to Hebden but once again the weather intervened and there were no objections when I decided to change the lunch stop to Ilkley. The morning started with some drizzle and a poor forecast but I was delighted to see 7 people on the start line, all obviously keen to avoid those household jobs. So myself Graham, Nick, Steve P. Mike Bosomworth, Michael Brawley, Dave Westerman and Sean Flesher headed off towards Kirkby Overblow and the normal route to the farm shop above Fewston. The drizzle had now changed to rain of the persistent and annoying type but our mood was brightened by the appearance of Phil Webb in Burn Bridge, with a big smile and his best Tommy Steele impression. After a brief stop, we carried on up the hill and through Beckwithshaw, along to Norwood and then up to Cobby Syke and the Farm Shop and cafe. We were now all thoroughly wet, gloves tested to the limit and jackets removed and placed on the backs of chairs in the faint hope that they might dry before we set off again. It didn’t take long for me to decide that Hebden probably wasn’t a good idea and we settled down to a relaxed coffee break in the knowledge we were now only heading for Ilkley. Most people now had something to eat with their tea or coffee and sausage rolls seemed to be very popular.

    We eventually had to move on but the rain had not relented and so it was back on with the wet gloves and off through the reservoirs and up to Timble. Over Askwith moor with a steep hill to climb on the back lane and then down to the river and our normal cafe at the station. Sean didn’t stop for lunch and headed off for some extra miles. Another relaxed break was taken with sport being the main topic of conversation. As we left the cafe the rain had finally stopped but we were then not on our way as Mike Bosomworth discovered a puncture. It didn’t take too long to mend and Dave kindly gave Nick a hug when he declared he was feeling cold. Steve P has a picture somewhere. The route home took us over the iron bridge and into Otley. Steve left us here and Mike Brawley left us at the Harrogate road. Despite the rain, I think everyone was pleased they had made the effort to get out. Autumn in Yorkshire. I can think of a lot worse places to be.

    Graham

  • Wetherby to the Elmets of Barwick & Sherburn, Saturday 28th October 2023, 38 miles

    Riders: Stuart Whittle, Phil Robertson, Pete Cartledge, and me, Alec Marley

    Route: Shambles – Linton – East Rigton – Thorner – Leeds Orbital – Barwick in Elmet – Aberford – Sherburn in Elmet – Tadcaster – Boston Spa – home

    On a typical autumn morning … fog, drizzle brief moments of sunshine … we set off from the Shambles heading for a ride amongst our Elmet towns of Barwick and Sherburn. I thought a route including the cycle paths following the Leeds Orbital was a new route for Phil, Stuart and Pete and so it proved. After we reached Aberford we were back onto familiar routes and heading to Penny’s was well welcomed.

    I was well pleased with Pete who stuck it out although he was finding it tough. We all stuck together and enjoyed a good social ride … thanks for the company

    Alec

  • Boston Spa – Bolton Bridge, Wednesday 25th October 2023, 63 miles

    Paul Hudson’s ears must have been burning this morning! The first conversation of the day was about how it wasn’t supposed to rain until lunch-time but, here we were in Boston Spa at 09:15 getting wet.

    There were four of us caught in the rain shower, Steve, Bob, Neil and me (Keith) so we set off promptly heading through Collingham, Kirkby Overblow and Weeton. Around Castley, we met up with Phil R and pretty much straightaway split into two groups. Neil, Phil and I took the hillier route via Farnley while the others took the flat road through Pool. We regrouped at Otley and, as we did this the weather changed so we had a really pleasant ride on the back road to Ilkley and eventually to Bolton Bridge. After a very good lunch stop we came back through Addingham but it was raining again and the main road was busier than usual due to the A59 closure so we got on the back road as soon as we could to get to Otley. After that, it was sunshine after the rain for the gentle slog up the Chevin followed by a loop around Eccup reservoir before we hit Shadwell and Thorner. Steve left us at the link road, leaving the three Bramham riders for the final bit into Bramham.

    We last did this route in May when the weather was significantly better but we still saw a fair bit of sun between the showers – another good day in the saddle!

    Keith

  • Sat 21 Oct
    Saturday 21 October Destination Roundabout Riders Steve B, Bob L , Dave W, Simon, Phil R, Nick( reporter) I don’t usually do Saturdays but made a small change to usual plans to take the opportunity of a ride with Simon who we haven’t seen so often since he moved to the Beverley area. It had rained all night and was still raining at 7.00 am but had fined up by 8.30 when I set out and met him riding down our lane. We rode into Wetherby together and met Steve( straight from the Drs and a vaccination), and Dave who had joined the club since Simon left. We set off. Luckily, Phil caught us up before we had gone far- well done Phil- and we picked up Bob as planned in Walton. It wasn’t going to be a long ride but we turned for Tadcaster and Appleton Roebuck, knowing that funny village names are interesting to our American readers. Looking over hedges we could see that the Wharfe had flooded large areas with the recent heavy rain but it stayed dry and we had less bother than I expected at Acaster Malbis. The photo shows the wet road but dry footpath and there were no pedestrians to hinder our using that. Through Bishy we rode on to Copmanthorpe and the welcoming Little Acorns Café. Since it is his birthday tomorrow, Steve very kindly picked up the tab for the drinks and buns. Thanks Steve, they do a good sausage roll, and bad luck on Bob that he had to get home without stopping. We discussed road signs and seasonal geometry before riding home under clear skies via Marston Moor and Tockwith. Thanks all for a nice ride and Happy Birthday Steve. Seasonal geometry. If you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its’ diameter, you get pumpkin pi.
  • Wetherby – Bolton Bridge, Thursday 19th October 2023, 65 miles

    Six stalwarts, me, Greg, Graham, Phil W, Nick and (new) Seán , along with welcome new member Dave and led by Graham left a wet Shambles slightly later than 09.30, due to my late arrival for which I apologise. There was also a brief cameo appearance by Fred, who managed to cycle from his house in Wetherby and back bedecked as always in his Mt Ventoux gear.

    The intended destination was Bolton Bridge, but the exact route was to be determined by the weather as we sped, alright rode along our usual route towards Pool. The rain increased and so an early coffee/tea break was had at Leathley farm shop and café, after which domestic duties meant that Nick had to head for home.

    After our discussions over coffee/tea the world was bound to be a better place and so it turned out, because as we left the café the rain abated. Onwards then to Bramhope, via Pool, Creskeld Lane and up Old Lane to cross the A658,  to eventually cycle past Chevin Country Park Hotel and Park on our left and Otley Chevin on our right. The rain had pretty much stopped although the views were limited by mist. On we rode to Menston and then up the Cow and Calf before descending and taking the back/high road through Ilkley and on to Addingham, from where it is a relatively short distance to Bolton Bridge. At Bolton Bridge Seán carried on his merry way, whilst the remaining five riders enjoyed lunch at the café. Once again following our deliberations over lunch the world was an even better place when we left the café, as demonstrated by the fact that the rain had fully stopped.

    From Bolton Bridge we took the lower valley road to Ilkley and then the back road to Otley. We climbed out of Otley and round to Leathley and then the junction with the A658 at Pool. From there the rain returned intermittently as we headed for Castley, Weeton and Dunkeswick . At the junction with the A61 Greg and Michael turned right, whilst me, Graham, Dave and Phil headed for Kirby Overblow, Sicklinghall and finally Wetherby.

    Once again and despite the weather, a good ride in convivial company.

    Mike B

  • Boston Spa to Howden, Tuesday 17th October 2023, 70 miles
    On Monday evening 8 of us were scheduled to ride with the weather promising a fine and dry day. Come 9.15 am on Tuesday our ranks had swelled to eleven!! The Yorkshire First Eleven. Compadres were Keith, Neil, just recovered from Covid 💪, Stuart, Bill, Bob L, Pete D, Steve P and me Steve B. We were joined by the 3 kings, Dave Westerman who had ridden over with me, Sean C and our very own Thursday Road Captain Graham. Our destination was Howden which is situated in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Apparently William the Conqueror gave the Town to the Bishops of Durham. He was all heart. The Minster was built from the 13th century but fell into disrepair due to lack of money and was used as a stables by the Parlimentarians during the Civil War. Just goes to show the Government were just as stingy then. Special mention to Steve P who was sporting his new steed for its first proper ride. He didn’t let us down as it was christened with its first ton by the time he got home after riding round the estate a few extra times. Our route took us out via Rudgate to Stutton, Ulleskelf , Cawood and Kelfield on our way to Escrick. The breeze was initially from the north swinging from the east as we rode on. Riding towards Skipwith, Sean peeled off wanting to be home early, so he headed to Bubwith for a coffee and then back home. I had chosen a new approach and instead of the usual Bubwith we headed south across the Market Weighton road through the narrow lanes and South Duffield to the old A63 where a short ride took us into Howden. Our journey had been straightforward with no issues but after fortifying ourselves at the old bakery cafe the return was not without incident. Lunch comprised of bacon, egg, sandwiches, Cornish style pasties, mushy peas, sausage roll, beans, tuna mayo sandwiches flapjacks and hot drinks. We kept them busy for half an hour. Suitably refreshed we headed south on the Station road to Bubwith and over the crossroads where our first incident happened. I take full responsibility for turning left back to Bubwith in error, the plan was to go via some local villages to Sutton on Derwent. Instead we headed back to Skipwith when our second incident struck. Despite his new wheels Steve needed to adjust his saddle height, I assume he had grown a couple of inches after his sausage roll and beans. On we went and I decided we would go via Thorganby to Wheldrake and rejoin the original route, but not before Steve needed further adjustment to his seat 😀 With the wind at our backs we set a scorching pace through to Crockey Hill and down Howden lane. Pete D had the bit between his teeth. 😤 Stopping briefly on the bridge over the Ouse for medicinal jelly babies, mainly so I could have a breather, we cracked on back via Copmanthorpe, Healaugh, Wighill and to Walton. Here we said our farewells and rode the remaining distances to our respective homes. Great company guys and I enjoyed the day. Thanks to Keith for his usual sweeper role making sure we didn’t lose anyone.
  • Wetherby – Askern, Sunday 15th October 2023, 50 miles

    Destination: Askern
    Riders: Graham, Bob J., Nick (reporter)

    Family commitments, International Rugby and possibly an early morning frost could have been responsible for a lot of “I’m not out”s on What’s App but What’s App isn’t the whole story and when I arrived in The Shambles I found Graham and Bob waiting for me. It came to 9.00 and we weren’t expecting anyone else so the small group agreed to stick to the destination on the runs card, ( which had been printed almost a year ago), and set off. Bob is always a good source of alternative routes and the first of these came when we left the A63 at the Stone Lions to go thro’ Lumby, missing South Milford and Monk Fryston for Hillam. Like on Thursday, in spite of the chill, the sun was shining brightly and on the flat land between Hillam and Birkin we had 180˚ of clear blue sky. Riding side by side for a bit, Graham and I shared recollections of the Cornish village which he had just visited on holiday. Since I was last there when I was 6 years old, his recollections had a bit more detail than mine. The village is now very famous thanks to a TV series. ( Port Isaac – Doc Martin)
    So….. Birkin for coffee. It was full of cyclists out for the nice weather and we were met by an acquaintance of Bob’s, who regaled us with stories of the Audax tribe. Quite a lot of stories actually.
    Bob’s second diversion of the day took us towards Askern via the road to Barnsdale Bar. It added a mile or so and included a reasonable climb but I thought it nicer than our usual and would look forward to using it again.
    The Lakeside Café was also busy but with the locals out for a cheap (very) lunch with grandparents, mums and babies and children. Askern doesn’t look like it has benefitted yet from any government’s “ levelling up“ programme. However, the planners must know something we don’t because they are building 4 large detached houses with balconies looking straight over a second-hand car lot.
    Riding home seemed pretty hard with a headwind – at least, I thought so – but getting back to Wetherby, the sun was still up there and we reckoned we had had a good day.

  • Wetherby – Leyburn, Thursday 12th October 2023, 83 miles

    What a beautiful Autumn day! Blue skies, bright sunshine, no wind and a little fresh first thing but a day which warmed nicely throughout. Nick H was ride leader today as we met at the Shambles in Wetherby at 9.30am, he was joined by Steve B, Michael B, Greg C and me, Phil W. After putting the world to right we set off shortly after 9.30am heading North along the A168, through Walshford and into Boroughbridge where we met Kathy V by the Crown Hotel, who made up our group of six for the ride.

    On leaving Boroughbridge via the bridge over the River Ure, turning onto Leeming Lane and then left on to Skelton Lane, through Skelton and towards Ripon. We headed east on the Boroughbridge road, then north on Ray Lane, we followed the road through Sharow, onto Hutton Lane and through the picturesque villages of Hutton Conyers, Nunwick and Wath. We stopped for refreshments at the West Tanfield Post Office and store, sitting outside with a warm drink and some sugary sustenance in the sunshine. Steve B set off ahead of the rest of us as we turned right out of West Tanfield then left at the next crossroads turning off onto Halfpenny House Lane. We were astounded by the magnificent views, the lovely countryside and the weather, so much in our favour! We continued through Thornton Steward, turning right to Hutton Hang and onto West Moor Lane, through Harmby and into Leyburn just after 1pm, where we met Steve outside our usual Cafe, which was……closed.

    (Thankfully, next door is Andy’s Bakers who also sell tea and coffee, so we enjoyed lunch and drinks in the market square….perfect.)

    Heading South out of Leyburn, we turned right, several miles later passing through Middleham, East Witton, past Jervaulx Abbey and into Masham. Just before reaching the square we turned towards Grewelthorpe, via a couple of gruelling hills…. Once in Grewelthorpe we stopped for a photo and had a very short discussion about the route to Ripon, thankfully we agreed on the flatter option and made good progress through Sutton Grange and into Ripon itself. Our strong willpower meant that we didn’t stop for an afternoon refreshments break but instead took our usual route to Bishop Monkton where Kathy turned off towards Harrogate. The remaining five cycled towards Farnham, into Knaresborough and onward to Wetherby via Little Ribston and Kirk Deighton.

    It was a tremendous day, thanks to Nick for leading and we remain hopeful that we have a few more glorious days like this before winter – fingers crossed! Route – circa 83 miles.

    Phil W

  • Wetherby – Askern, Tuesday 10th October 2023, 70 miles

    Approximately 2-3 times per year WW visit the old mining village of Askern in South Yorkshire. Today’s ride was a 70 mile anti-clockwise route with an early-ish lunch planned to fuel up for a longer afternoon return ride home.

    The author surprisingly bumped into Bob at Bramham traffic lights before meeting the group. Whilst it wasn’t initially clear why Bob was meeting there the pair convinced themselves this was a cunning plan by Stevie B to save the legs of the ‘quality cyclists’ for later in the ride.

    The main peleton then arrived totalling 8 cyclists in all: Steve B, Keith, Stuart, Bill, Gavin, Bob, Steve P and, always a pleasure to see, John B.

    The traditional southbound route was followed through Aberford, ‘Mickie’ then down the ‘Great North Road’ to Fairburn, Brotherton and Byram and across the River Aire to Beal. The peloton held firm and tight in one group.

    Next, the old mining town of Kellingley …despite the pit closure in 1991 remnants of a bygone era were visible. After this the ride included the exquisitely named village of Cridling Stubbs’ followed by the ‘Blue Lagoon’ (Brooke Shields still nowhere to be found).

    After Womersley the group arrived at Askern Lakeside cafe for an early lunch.

    Feasting outside in the sunshine, gazing over the lake and idyllically sprouting central fountain one could forgive the wheelers for thinking they were overlooking Lake Leman or Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the similarity ends there…..on the Rue du Mont, Blanc 17, 1201 Geneva, the Cafe Bolear sells a Mochaccino coffee with additional syrup or whipped cream for 8.3 Euros… Askern Lakeside cafe sells a pot of instant coffee for 80p.

    After lunch Steve B planned a different and interesting 35-mile return home journey, the party heading east through Sykehouse, east and west Cowick before Snaith…. a great piece of wind-assisted mile gobbling.

    5 miles south of Selby Keith took the navigational reigns and guided us along a really impressive route around Burn airfield. The term cycle path does not give this route justice. Following this we journeyed through Church Fenton, Ulleskelf, Stutton then Bramham where we all went our separate ways.

    On reflection Steve’s route was a 4-counties ride:15 miles in WY before crossing into NY at Brotherton. Staying in NY most of the ride apart from incursions into SY at Askern and into the East riding at Cowick and Snaith.

    Quite unique to cover 4 counties in just 70 miles.

    The kind weather made this a really enjoyable, nicely paced and slightly different journey.

    Steve P

  • Wetherby – Thirsk, Sunday 8th October 2023, 70 miles

    Four riders set out on a cool, misty autumn morning for Thirsk: Bill, Pete D, myself (Michael) and Nick who had planned a loop via Coxwold. With arm warmers and gilets we headed up the A168 to Boroughbridge then took road to Easingwold for a quick coffee in Fika. By coincidence we met Kathy there as she had ridden with a group which was nice.

    Fuelled with caffeine we headed north to Coxwold and Kilburn then almost to Thirsk but stopped near Bagby for lunch at the Old Barn Coffee Shop. After lunch and eclectic conversation we turned south just before Thirsk, passing Bagby Airfield (me neither). Our way back to Boroughbridge took us through Dalton and Little Sessay after which we took the scenic route south via the Ouseburns, Whixley and Cattal.

    The sun finally made an appearance as Biil and Nick headed west and east and Pete and myself continued south. Thanks to Nick for a good Sunday route and to all for excellent company and a good day in the saddle. I’ve attached a photo of the White Horse as we did not see it all day.

    Michael B

  • Wetherby – Malton, Thursday 5th October 2023, 86 miles

    Greg’s mooted Thursday outing to Malton via York was met with enough WhatsApp enthusiasm to encourage seven Wheelers to assemble at the Shambles: Greg, SeanC, SeanF, Mike, Michael, Nick, and myself. Conditions were initially dry but with damp in the air.

    We set off towards York following the quieter roads via Heulaugh and Askham Bryan before eventually crossing the ring road and joining the main approach to York via Acomb. Traffic through York was fairly heavy, but we were assisted by cycle lanes. Dodging/photobombing tourists past the Minster we continued northeast along Stockton Lane, soon reaching Deans garden centre for a coffee stop. Deans was busy but we secured 2 tables and enjoyed the impressive selection of overpriced cakes. The garden centre also had a large display of Christmas stuff, for anyone needing any last-minute items as we’re only 80 days away…

    After coffee, both Seans needed to head back towards Wetherby, leaving five of us to continue on fairly quiet roads. We crossed the River Derwent at Kirkham Priory as the terrain became more hilly through the southern edge of the Howardian Hills. All had donned rain jackets by this point as persistent drizzle accompanied us on the last 5-6 miles or so before lunch but didn’t detract from the views.

    Lunch was at the Whistlestop Café in Malton railway station – excellent ‘greasy spoon’ type fare, ideal for refuelling damp cyclists.

    Some elected to put their rain jackets away for the post-lunch section back towards Easingwold but unfortunately the rain progressively got worse. However for me, on new roads, this was the best bit of the ride – little traffic and beautiful rolling scenery as we passed through Terrington, Brandsby and Crake. Nick left us part way through this section to make his return journey simpler.

    Once at Easingwold the rain got heavier still and the remaining four of us upped the pace by a few mph and worked well together as a close group of four into the headwind across the flat roads to Boroughbridge. Here, discussion at a toilet and shop stop covered a number of grumbles about the current govt transport policy, as well as a snap group decision to skip the planned return via Knaresborough and instead continue our team TT group riding (at moderate pace) back down the A168 to Wetherby.

    Great choice of route and lunch stop Greg!

    Tim