We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the country, and the rides from Otley are exceptional, but a bit of variety does you good. To that end we had a couple of ‘away days’ as part of ride-leaders choice week, so we could take in a few new roads. Like recent ‘away’ rides with the mountain goat group, these proved very popular, with lots of murmurings of ‘we must do this again’.
Similar splendid murmurings have also been heard from Steve L who led a ride for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A big thank you Steve for volunteering.
Oh, by the way, that strange warmth on your back on Sunday was the sun. Loverly it was!
Spikey strenuous spiral from Skipton
For Ride Leader’s Choice day I decided to show the club the wonders of North West Yorkshire so we headed out to Grassington from Skipton for a 30-mile ‘spikey’ loop. I was delighted to have 9 join me despite the distance from Otley and the cold!
The ride seemed to be quite popular so I can’t imagine this is the last time we’ll see us heading our (north) west….
A gentle ripple from Ripley to Ripon
Steve M’s report…
Hipsters go to Harrogate
Matt’s strenuous ride report…
A select group rode over to Harrogate via Fewston reservoir. After warming up with the climb out of Askwith, we enjoyed an undulating ride over to Harrogate. After enjoying a brew and bacon butties at Prologue café (and a bit of time drooling over some very nice-looking, and nicely priced, bikes), we enjoyed a fairly leisurely ride back to Otley via North Rigton and Armscliffe Crags.
Gentle Wharfedale Wanderer
The ‘Magnificent Eleven’ rode out of icy Otley on the gentle Wharfedale Wanderer route emerging into the sunshine in Menston, through the ‘burbs of Guiseley and up and out to Carlton and Bramhope’s High Trees – our much-anticipated pit stop (and before High Noon!)
Sandra and Catherine jointly won the best (and biggest!) brunch award with William and Chris coming a close second. Backmarker Dave (for which many thanks) and Eddy left us for their home run where Phil assumed the backmarker role (again thanks Phil!).
So with nine of us remaining (including Ali, Liz and Andy) we returned via Sunshine View (and it was!) and then West Chevin, where the only ice still visible was in Ali’s lime and soda at the Fleece. Great to ride with you all. Thanks and see you again!
Fewston foray – a stretching ride
Steve L’s report… (copied from his Facebook post… hope you don’t mind Steve, but it was so nice to hear how much you enjoyed leading for the first time :-))
I really enjoyed leading a social series ride for the first time on Sunday and would recommend it to all. Thanks Adele, Andrew, Anna, Peter, Sheila and Steve for your company and a special thanks to Sheila for back marking.
Another new cafe stop for me at Fewston Farm Shop. I make that 4 cafes in the last 4 months that I didn’t know existed.