Ride reports from Sunday 25th Sept

With many of our regulars enjoying the sunny climate and fresh mountain air of Mallorca (I’ve seen the Facebook pics!), numbers were still impressive for this week’s Social Series offerings.

A huge thank you to Barry for doing a great job co-ordinating activities for the day and to all of the ride guides and back markers who helped make all of the rides a great success. Please read on for stories and pics from each ride…

Here’s Peter’s summary of the 26 mile Stretching ride to Bolton Abbey…

Just the five of us set off for Bolton Abbey today, as numbers were down with everyone in Mallorca (we were luckier than the Cow &d Calf ride though, which got cancelled!).

We set off at a bit of a pace for a stretching route, but managed to get into a more comfortable groove and got to the Cav Pav for 10.20am. Bacon butties all round and an alarming amount of wasps for a cool September morning.
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As we headed back through Ilkley it all got a bit wet, but dried out again by the time we were back in Otley by 12ish. Special thanks to Andy for navigating the Burley roundabouts when I had a blank, and Michael for back-marking.

Here’s Ruth’s report on her group’s Strenuous ride to Pannal…

Today’s social strenuous ride to Christian’s at the Garden Centre in Pannal was lovely – everybody said so.

A breezy and warm September day and initially nine riders set off. We gained the tandem duo, Steve and Jane, at the coffee stop. It’s a stunning ride out of Otley through Farnley and then along high ridge roads that let you see the Autumn countryside in all its golden glory. There is enough climbing for the views, and to earn the bacon butty, but not enough for unhappiness. The bistro staff at Christian’s were wonderful accommodating us graciously even though they had been up all night managing flood damage. The food and coffee/tea there Is very good and it’s a pretty setting.

We (I) conveniently discovered a puncture whilst still at the garden centre and so we were all able to stay dry and warm and watch Steve mend it (twice). He does a very good line in tutorial tips and we hope to see him on YouTube soon.

Sorry if you missed this picturesque and peaceful ride, make sure you hop on next time. Thank you Carolyn for back marking and to everyone for patience with the little ride leader detour and technical.

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And here’s Richard’s report on his group’s 27 mile Strenuous ride to Thruscross…

First time leading for the club. My choice of ride was the hilliest of all the routes that were listed for the Strenuous group, Thruscross via Fewston.

The day started with a small group of seven and steady ride out to Askwith but then things went onwards and upwards to Thruscross reservoir. This certainly warmed up those lungs and legs with some good old Yorkshire hills.

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A well earned stop at the farm café with most opting for sausage rolls. It was then of again along the rolling back roads into the rain before a surprise accent up the formidable Norwood Edge before the final stretch back to Otley and a drink at the Fleece.

I hope most enjoyed the challenging climbs of the North Yorkshire countryside. Without a doubt this group would feel at home in the ‘B’ or Inter sections.

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Our next Social Series rides are on Sunday 9th October and we’re looking for more volunteers to guide or back mark our Gentle, Stretching and Strenuous options. Ken Wilson is co-ordinating these next rides, so please let him know if you’re free to help out!