Social Series Ride Reports – November 5th 2017

We were blessed with autumn sunshine, leading to possibly a last run out for ‘summer bikes’ before they get cocooned from the salt of winter. We know the best bikes were still out because one poor soul had to go home because he’d forgotten to charge his gears! (…they call it progress 😉 ). We had 5 rides out, all led and back-marked by our fantastic volunteers!

Stretching ride to Thorner​

Stephen’s report..
This stretching ride was a very select event with four riders: Chris, Claire, Janet
and Stephen.  We cycled on a beautiful sunny day, not minding the chill in the air.  Creskeld Lane warmed up the group. We regrouped at the top while also enjoyed the view.

The route is easier from the top of that hill and in no time we were in Thorner for our cafe stop.  Bacon and tomato rolls were on the menu, but no option to replace the tomato with an egg – “we don’t do eggs.”  Never mind, always worth asking.  We sat and chatted and while doing so we spotted lovely free range eggs for sale…

Our return route felt easier – maybe a slight tail wind.  There was a good gathering at The Fleece for our post ride drink.  Another great Social Series half day ride!

Four climb to Darley

Liz’s report of the strenuous ride…

The views, the views – the climbing was worth it for the views!!!!!
Four of us set off in glorious (albeit chilly!) sunshine to Darley. It was a lumpy route inc. Jack Lane in reverse (20%!) but we tackled the lumps at our own paces and waited for one another at the top of each hill, stopping to enjoy the amazing views on such a beautiful day.
Welcoming stop at Darley Cafe (which had a great selection of food gifts for Xmas), then a tarmacked bridleway on the way back (we’re assuming this is one of Christine ‘ routes 😉 ). Back at The Fleece by 12.30pm.
Lovely quiet roads and funny banter – a perfect day out in crisp autumnal weather – let’s hope all our winter rides are like this!

Gentle ride to the Donkey Sanctuary

Steve’s report…

A great turn out at Buttercross enabled us to get 5 rides out including 2 big groups desperate to climb up Kearby Cliff !

I led the gentle group off to see the donkeys , a great group made up of Marie (who has come a long way since that first ride on the heavy mountain bike ) her husband Julian , Trevor on his 2nd club ride , William and Richard who kindly back marked for me.

“Look at those funny humans… what are they wearing?”

We had an event-free ride enabling us to just enjoy the beautiful morning , bit chilli but the Sun was out and the views awesome as always .

Eccup reservoir always looks great to me on a “fresh morning” , coffee and cake at the cheapest cafe we use (£3.50 for coffee , toasted tea cake and a bit carrot cake !!)  , a look at the donkeys then a leisurely drop back down into Otley and the Fleece – a great ride which everyone seemed to enjoy!