Don’t forget to set your alarms – the clocks go forward this weekend.
Also, it is Market Day! We will meet outside the Otley clinic health centre – Manor Square , LS21 3AY . There will be someone posted at the Buttercross to redirect you if you are unsure where to go.
Addingham 19 miles
This gentle mainly flat ride goes on the back road towards Bolton Abbey and then we walk over the footbridge to Addingham. If it is a nice day we will have our café stop at the Fleece Deli in Addingham but if it is full (it is only a tiny café) we will stop at Ilkley on the return ride. There are some short sections of main road on this route but it is a lovely gentle route and an ideal introduction to social cycling!
Option: divert to look at the Stepping Stones at Burley in Wharfedale, there is a short section of rough bridleway but it is a nice break from the road
Outside the Box, Ilkley.
Team 1: Anne Lawton (Leader), Steve Moncur (Back Marker), Christine Bell (Reserve)
Team 2: Richard Ogden (Leader), Will Smith (Back Marker), Ian Helliwell (Reserve)
Stretching 1 and 2:
Roundhay Ramble 28 Miles
This is a very interesting route which will take you along roads you are unlikely to know in our quest to find you some fine snacks and coffee at Roundhay Park. The route begins with a gradual climb to Surprise View – with recommended stopping places to admire the views! From Surprise View you get a trip along Millionaires Row to see some quirky architecture choices! After the café stops the rides will return to Otley via Eccup reservoir and an exciting descent of Black Hill – make sure your brakes are in good order for this ride!
Tropical World Café
Team 1: Jill Birch (Leader)
Team 2: Steve Morris (Leader)
Ilkley via Menston and Cow and Calf 24 Miles
A gentle outwards approach using Pool Road to Creskeld Lane makes this a good warm up ride. After Creskeld Lane there is a climb up to Bramhope and then the route goes along the top of the Chevin to take in Surprise View and then follows the course of the Tour de Yorkshire down Buckle Lane and up to the Moor road climbing gradually to the Cow and Calf. From Ilkley we return via Asquith and the back roads. Our café stop is a later point than usual in the ride so bring snacks!
Team 3: Mike Blank (Leader)
Harrogate: Central 30 Miles
This route goes via Fewston and Penny Pot Lane to Harrogate, providing a real test of your legs before you get your break! Come prepared for plenty of hill climbing on this ride but also some lovely views and interesting roads
Team 1: Matt Langdon (Leader)