B Ride 15th April – Kettlewell

For Sunday 15th Mark has put together a great 60 mile ride to Kettlewell with a shorter 40 mile option to Hebden/Grassington for those who want it.

The route is: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/17978933

Anybody who wants to go for the earlier return from Hebden will also have company.

In true B style we’ll be riding according to the preferences of people who ride on the day on the day and going with how the group feels There is likely to be two cafe stops – either Hebden & Cracoe or Gaassington & Cracoe -depending on what people would like to do.

When we do the longer rides we like to offer people the option of an early return from the first cafe stop – this is great for those would like a “half day” social morning ride out to the lovely cafe at Hebden, but need to get back to Otley early in the afternoon.

Mark reports that the back road to Bolton Abbey is a bit muddy at the moment, so he will be sticking to the main road to Addingham (which also gets us out of Otley more quickly) before heading up Wharfedale, via Bolton Abbey and Hebden, to Kettlewell. The return will come back through Cracoe and over the gated road before dropping back into Bolton Abbey and onward to Iltley and Otley. You can expect some fantastic scenery in Wharfedale and also some great views as we go over the top on the return.

Quick note about pace – some people haven’t tried the Bs and don’t know what to expect. As we typically ride a bit further than most other club groups the rolling pace tends to be a bit easier – it’s more about being out on the the bike than sprints or hill climbs! On the the flat we roll around 15-17mph depending on wind direction. The overall average rolling speed, talking into account the hills, is about the same as a Social Series “Stretching” ride (12.5mph). The other main differences to the morning rides are:

– We keep rolling and adjust the pace to the group. If necessary, and we find that the group naturally splits in two, we regroup after a few miles rather than on individual slopes. This avoids lots of stops on the hills which would otherwise tire people out – nobody likes having cafe legs!
– We flex the routes according to how people feel. The route isn’t set in stone. The focus is on making sure that everybody is happy with the distance, the weather and the destination and we go with how people feel on the day
– People regularly choose to ride part of the route with us and then navigate their own way back or on to different destinations – it’s all very informal, but also mutually supportive

As with other groups, we keep an eye on each other and we support each other when needed. So if you want to try a bit of a longer group ride then do give us a go.