Social rides 9th October

GENTLE RIDE

Harewood 18 Miles

This is a perfect “Introduction to Otley Cycle Club” ride because it is relatively flat and will take you on roads that you are unlikely to have been on before, including the fantastic bridleways at Harewood.

The route goes out from Otley along the main Pool Road, which can be busy at times but we will divert to take the “pointless loop” to the Fishing Ponds. At Pool we will break into smaller groups for the road along Arthington as this can be busy. We will then take a right hand turn to Weardley which is a quiet back road with a short hill climb. This leads us to Harewood Estate where there are (mainly tarmac) Bridleways giving us views of the valley and of deer and highland cattle. The return leg goes on the back roads to Otley, via Weeton and Castley

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

Café

Muddy Boots at Harewood

Team 1

Ride leader: Brian Keighley

Back Marker: Clare Groves

Team 2

Ride Leader: TBC

Back Marker: TBC

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STRETCHING RIDE

Pannel 24 Miles

This is a very attractive route which starts off with the short climb to Farnley and then a descent and short climb along the back roads behind Lindley reservoir. This includes one of the hills climbs that our mini flyers now find is possible rather than impossible! The route continues on back roads, through the streets of Pannel and then onto the main road to the Garden Centre for our coffee stop. After the coffee stop the route is very gentle back to Otley with some long descents and a few shorter climbs. It is a great ride with fantastic views.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/12134987

Team 1

Ride leader: Christine Bell

Back Marker: Karen Llewllyn

Team 2

Ride Leader: Jill Birch

Back Marker: Ann Howe

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STRENUOUS RIDE

WHARFE VALLEY: GUISEL EY AND ILKLEY 27 MILES
This is a must do challenge for all hill climbers! The ride starts gently out to ikley before tackling the challenging climb up to the top of the Cow and Calf. You may want to push on the final section of the ride so you can really admire the views! After the Cow and Calf the ride continues along the moor road to Hawksworth and take a speedy descent down Thorpe Lane into Guiseley. The return leg includes a climb to Surprise View before descending via Bramhope.
Café
Various options in Guiseley: Costa Coffee, Micks Grill or Morrisons.

Team 1

Ride Leader: Liz Hills

Back Marker:Stephen Lloyd

Team 2

Ride Leader: Graham Smith

Back Marker: Chip Lowrence