A group of 5 of us set off from the Buttercross towards Ogden Reservoir, an adventure to the other valley. Our first climb of the day was West Chevin which is always a tough climb but especially on “cold” legs. However the sun was shining and we were optimistic that there would be good views to reward our climbing efforts. We then headed through Guiseley, Esholt and Baildon to Saltaire and then up the hills of Aire Valley.
We enjoyed the traffic free sections across the two viaducts at Thornton and Cullingworth, thanks to Sustrans for investing in these tracks! The climb to Queensbury was along a road called Low Lane which was not an accurate name at all however Perservence Road was a good name for a road that took us above the top of several wind turbines and reminded us that climbing needs perservenace and gets rewards in amazing views. We picked up our 6th rider, Fran, at Thornton and saw a bike race speed across the corner.
We enjoyed the coffee stop at Ogden with rounds of poached eggs and lots of chat about the results of the referadum and what would happen next. Sadly we learnt that the lovely cafe is about to be sold and may not be open for future visits which is a shame as it is a great cycling cafe stop.
After Ogden we headed back towards home with more climb climbing to be done. Fran, Francis and Karen left the ride at Bingley as they were all near their homes so three us of tackled the Ski Slope climb out of Bingley and then a short climb up Baildon Moor and to Hawksworth and we headed back to Otley.
The stunning views and great company were a good return for our slightly weary legs!