Half-day social series rides 12th March

All rides will gather at the Buttercross in the main market place at 9:00 and will depart from here by 9:15. All rides will return to the Fleece pub in Otley by about 13:00 and we hope you will stop and chat at the end of the ride.

Gentle Ride: Harewood 18 miles

This is a lovely, relatively flat, route that includes time spent in the public grounds to Harewood House. This offers excellent views and you will often see deer, highland cattle and red kites. You are also riding on the route of the 2015 Tour de France Grand Depart!

If you are new to cycling, this route is a perfect introduction.

The route takes us via Pool and Arthington into the Harewood estate to the Muddy Boots Café.

http://connect.garmin.com/course/7309744

Ride guide 1: Richard Ogden

Back marker 1: Steve Lake

Ride guide 2: Ian Helliwell

Back marker 2: Sheila Mason

Stretching Ride: North Rigton 23 miles

A really lovely loop around the Wharfe Valley, with a climb up the hill from Asquith to the Snowden Ridge and then onto Fewston and then round to North Rigton (most of this ride is the reverse route of our Stretching Ride to Fewston) There are fantastic views of the reservoirs and you will see Almscliffe Cragg from all sides. The café stop is at 15 miles so you may want to take a snack with you to sustain you up the final hill climbs before coffee!

Our café stop is at the Square and Compass in North Rigton.

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8269995

Ride guide 1: Mike Blank

Ride guide 2: Kaz Jones

Strenuous Ride: Wilsden Wobbler 26 miles

This route takes us out of Otley towards Hawksworth and Bingley so is a great opportunity to explore roads that we do not often cycle along from Otley. There are plenty of steep hill climbs so this ride is perfect for developing your mountain goat skills both ascending and two steep descents into Bingley and on the return leg to Saltaire. The return for this is of course the fantastic views!

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/12160572

There is a choice of cafés, Lady B’s in St Ives, Stephen Smith’s Garden Centre in Wilsden, or KraveDeli –in Wilsden

Ride guide: Christine Bell