A beautiful autumnal morning brought nearly 30 riders to the Buttercross – both new and old faces were made very welcome! We split across 3 rides…
Gentle ride to Muddy Boots
It was a privilege and joy to lead our gentle ride to Muddy Boots this morning. A good mix of novice cyclists and more experienced cyclists who had never been on a group ride. Lots of learning about signalling, communicating and riding in a neat group. Special thanks to Sheila and Karen who made it possible for us to get back to Otley safely.
Average speed a lot slower than you might think for a club ride but gives us more time to admire the views. Lots of new names so apologies for any I forgot…..Mike, Lindsey, Louise, Elizabeth, Gillian, Mary, Jeff, Joan, Diane…..
Hope you all join our club and get your 10% discount at Chevin Cycles on shoes, gloves, tights….so you can cheerfully cycle all winter.
Stretching ride to Bolton Abbey
A lovely ride out to Bolton Abbey on one of the OCC Social Stretching ride. Six of us set off on a chilly morning. Went to The Tea Rooms overlooking the abbey, lovely view and then had time to watch a little bit of The Ilkley CC Cyclocross event and cheers on all the young Otley Blue before heading back to Otley. Great company guys on the ride!!!
Stretching ride to Pannal
Lovely social ride out to Pannal this morning. We had a large group of 12 on the way out, but the route followed some very quiet roads (I think we got passed by more cyclists than cars for long stretches of it). It was a chilly start but we soon warmed up, climbing up Farnley and Pill White Lane, from where the views back over a clear, crisp Wharfe valley were stunning.
A further reward was the long descent to Burn Bridge.
Revelation of the day was Donna discovering over lunch that Peter was her French teacher over 30 years ago!! (apparently he was very good too!).
The wind had got up a little after the cafe stop, but we meandered easily home. Many thanks to all for the company, and to Chip for being a perfect back-marker!