Social ride reports – 12th February

Yuk! Sunday started off cold, damp and mucky, and progressed into a sleety blizzard. All credit to those who made the effort and came out. Top billing this week goes to the gentle ride, who actually rode further than planned despite the weather. Respect! These bunch of masochists were back-marked by Anne who assumed the role for the first time – it can only get better Anne 🙂


Gentle Wharfedale Wanderer – stretched a little

Richard’s report…

There were plenty of riders at the Buttercross but only four for the two planned gentle routes, so we decided to all set of and do the same route. Christine, Steve, Anne and I cycled leisurely out of Otley heading for Menston via a quiet road past the golf club, giving us plenty of time to chat.

After the meandering around Menston and Guiseley we climbed Carlton Lane to get us all to the Chevin a perfect climb for the gentle ride and just enough to get us warm. The café stop of choice was the Café Le Jardin (High Trees Garden Centre) where we all enjoyed a hot drink a bite to eat and a little chat, we even posed for a group photo.

We all decided that we would add a few extra miles to the route and Christine offered to take us on a mystery tour of Chevin, Yeadon and Menston before we ventured through Burley in Wharfedale and all safely back to Otley which took our planned 16 miles to 23.5 which we all decided warranted the achievement of stretching any day!!

All in all a good ride out with great company, new café, new routes learnt, many of which avoided the busy main roads……PERFECT for social cycling!!

Many thanks to Anne Lawton who did an exceptional job at back marking for the first time, sure we’ll see her leading very soon and to Christine for the magical mystery tour.


Stretching ride to Muddy Boots at Harewood

Ian’s report…

There was a certain amount of apprehension as we looked out at the snow clouds from under the shelter of the ButterX. After much jumping around to try & keep warm it was decided there were enough of us to split into two groups for the stretching ride.

I took Clare, Sheila, Mark & William along with me in my group & we headed up Farnley Lane, through Dunkeswick & then saw a quick opportunity for a sneaky photo before the deer herd took flight.

After joining Ken’s group for refueling at Muddy Boots we all set off down the treacherous unmade path out of Harewood with nobody becoming unseated luckily. Next was the haul up Weardley Bank which gave no one too much difficulty (some good early season fitness there guys)

As the clouds grew ever more menacing it was decided to cut a couple of corners & head straight back down Leeds Road. A good choice as the rain & snow then started to fall pretty hard
before we finally found sanctuary in The Fleece.

Thanks all for your lovely company & to Sheila for a superb job back marking.


Strenuous ride to Roundhay

Stephen’s report…

“My toes are frozen, but we’re all having fun!” is today’s quote from the Strenuous Ride.  Two groups combined into one group of seven and we headed off.  It was a little cold, but dry-ish.  There was talk of 20% climb up Black Hill Lane and requests to re-route, which we didn’t! 

On our arrival at Tropical World Cafe we were cold and we even considered visiting the Meerkats as we knew their building would be warm.  Coffee and a sausage sandwich was a good alternative.  On our return ride the weather worsened – cold rain and snow at the top of the Chevin.  Plans of ending the ride at The Fleece were abandoned and we all headed home to clean our bikes…