Please note: there will be no official strenuous ride this week, it is hoped the strenuous riders will support the Otley sportive also we have a number of our women ride team members taking part in the Ladies of the Lakes sportive this weekend
Gentle Ride: 18 Miles Harewood
This is a lovely relatively flat route which has 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.
Ride Guide Debbie Sherratt
Back marker Sandra Beaumont :
cafe Muddy Boots
Stretching Ride: Sicklinghall 27 Miles
The Stretching ride will go over to Sicklinghall to The Scotts Arms on a route that is straight out and back, using the back roads of Castley and Weeton. There isn͛t a lot of climbing to do (in Wharfedale terms) and some great views from the top of Kearby Cliff. There is a slightly tricky right hand turn off the main road to get to the Sicklinghall Road but otherwise it is mainly on pretty back roads.
Ride Guide: Jill Birch
Back marker: Carolyn Nelson
Ride Guide: Chip Lowrence
Back marker: Trish Lowrence
Cafe Scotts Arms (bacon butties available this week)
Hybrid ride: Woodhall Spa 28 miles
This is a NEW ride to Woodhall Spa Hotel in Linton. The route is mainly on the road but there are two short stretches of bridleway (about 250 metres) to access the hotel. The bridleways are passable on a robust road bike, if you are happy to push for a short section and you may need to carry your bike over a few muddy patches – depending in tractor action and rainfall between now and Sunday!
Most of the route is the same as the Sicklinghall route, so a flatter route rather than a hilly route. The route will turn off the road near Sicklinghall and take a road which becomes a bridleway to the Hotel. The hotel are expecting us and are looking forward to our first formal visit. They will have a breakfast menu available for us and they have reserved us a private dining space.
Ride Guide: Christine Bell
Back Marker: Rachel Crowther