Ride reports from a glorious Sunday 9th April

We were certainly gifted a most glorious Sunday for our Social Series rides – it was also the warmest day of the year so far. As a result, there were lots of smiling faces at the Buttercross, out on each ride and back in The Fleece beer garden. Please find below a few accounts of the rides and accompanying pictures…

Here’s Ian’s summary of the Gentle ride to The Square & Compass in North Rigton

There were 12 riders on this weeks gentle ride but only 11 bikes. A couple of welcome new faces joined in for their first outing with the club. A cloudless sky greeted everyone as we headed for our cafe stop at the Square & Compass the only drama being whether the ride leader could navigate us there being a last minute stand-in.

A warm welcome at the pub and a shot of Smarties to go with our butties made for a great stop with lot’s of chat.

Fantastic company & thanks to Richard for some terrific back marking.

Here’s Christine’s account of our new hybrid ride…

It was great to be able to test out this new ride today with a small group of riders. We were delighted to welcome back Chris who first came on a OCC ride in August and has been injured all winter (not as a result of our ride!). Iain risked his road bike on the route and Mark joined us en route after a frustrating work mission. The route to the café stop was varied on a range of back roads down to the canal near Applerley Bridge and our coffee stop at Toby’s.

I think we can claim to have the youngest OCC “member” as Freya came along with her mum Kerri and joined us at the coffee stop. We enjoyed a very long coffee stop as the route was short and we got to spend time with Kerri and Freya enjoying the sunshine in the lovely café garden.

After coffee we had a short stretch of gravel canal path which was fine for our road bikes, then we climbed Old Hollins Hill to Guiseley and were rewarded with an exhilarating downhill back into Otley.

We really enjoyed the variety of this new route, nice to go somewhere different and the café garden was a real treat. Hope others will venture out on this route in the future.

Here’s Angela’s report from the Stretching ride to Thorner

Blue skies, warm sun and no wind made for a perfect August day in April and given the stretching ride to Thorner was over subscribed, I offered to lead a satellite group. The route out via Shadwell was rolling and our surprise find of a cafe with secret walled garden in Thorner was just the ticket. Lazing in the sun trap could easily have continued into the afternoon if we hadn’t decided to surrender our places to the larger group of Otley Stretchers who arrived just as we were finishing our drinks.

A pleasant ride back via Scarcroft as the day continued to heat up culminating in a drink or two back at The Fleece with just over 30 miles covered. Super riding and great chat. Thank you all!

Here’s Michael’s report on the Strenuous rides to Thruscross…

After gathering at the Buttercross, the strenuous group of 8 set out to take in a couple of hills. Not long after getting the wheels turning and ascent of Snowden (not the Wales one!) to the moor tops to take in the first of the amazing views on such a sunny social Sunday.

As the miles rolled by, a few climbs and descents & pauses had been taken in to take in the scenery, we reached the cafe stop where several welcome full breakfasts were consumed in the midday sun (one of the group even had space for cake) – fair play!

Our return leg took us via view of the valley overlooking Fewston & Swinsty before heading back over the gated road to a welcome refresher.

On the whole a splendid ride, great company and welcome early spring sunshine. What more can you ask for?

Thanks to all those involved, Mr Garmin (& Nigel) for guiding us round).