Social Series half-day rides – Sunday 6 October

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 6 October

If you’re thinking of joining us for the first time check out some of our ride reports to read about the fun we have on our rides. Our motto is #NoOneGetsLeftBehind and we love cafe stops as much as we like cycling! You can ride with us twice before deciding whether to join the club.

We meet in Otley (at the Buttercross, in the market square) at 9.00 for a 9.15am start. All rides will return to the Fleece pub in Otley by about 13.00 and we hope you will stick around for a chat at the end of the ride.

Both our Gentle and Stretching rides are doable on a mountain bike, hydrid or road bike – #AnyBikeWillDo. And we welcome e-bikes on any ride.

If the rides below aren’t what you’re looking for check out our B Rides, Intermediate Rides and A Rides options on Sundays. And we have informal rides on Wednesday nights and Thursday daytimes. And that’s not all – we also have Mountain Bike rides, Mountain Goat rides (for roadies who like hills) and many more informal member-only rides posted by members on the Facebook group.

We’re always looking for ride leaders, so if you’re interested in leading one of these rides get in touch via the event on the club Facebook Group or email: otleypresident@gmail.com


Gentle Ride: Wharfedale via Guiseley (19 miles)

Route: This is a slightly more demanding gentle route which takes in Burley, Menston, Guiseley and Bramhope. The route goes out past the Fleece and then on the old gated road to Burley in Wharfedale. A cunning route is taken from Burley to Menston, using a short section of footpath (please dismount!!) A tour of the High Royds estate gives us a break from the main roads. After the break in Guiseley the route climbs up the steady Carlton Lane to Bramhope before a steady descent back to Otley.
Map: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8051352

Café: Plenty to choose from in Guiseley – we recommend Everybody’s Social next to Morrisons


Stretching Ride (1): Thorner (30 miles)
Route: This relatively flat 30 mile route goes through Pool, Bramhope, Eccup, Alwoodley, Shadwell, Thorner, Scarcroft and returns to Otley on a similar route as far as Eccup, but then descends Black Hill Lane and onto the Arthington-Pool Road.

Map: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/12191782 or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22169815

Cafe: The Dexter (Ember Inns) at the end of Wigton Lane or The Post Box Deli on Main Street in Thorne. This cafe has a fantastic “hidden garden” to the rear with plenty of room for cyclists and their bikes, but there’s very limited seating inside so if it’s a wet day keep the group going here small!


Stretching Ride (2): Nicole Mann Memorial Ride (36 miles)
This ride is in memory of our club mate Nicole Mann who died of lung cancer in her early 40s in October 2017. The ride is designed by her partner Andrew to celebrate the hills that Nicole enjoyed to climb and the route will go via the cementry where Nic is burried. Those who wish to can visit Nic’s grave.

You can extend or drop off the route as you like. The ride is open to all club members and friends, and those who did not know Nicole but enjoy riding their bike in Yorkshire.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30951471
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/366824037530871/


Stretching Ride (3): Ilkely via Menston (24 miles)

Route: A gentle outwards approach using Pool Road to Creskeld Lane makes this a good warm up ride. After Creskeld Lane there is a climb up to Bramhope and then the route goes along the top of the Chevin to take in Surprise View and then follows the course of the Tour de Yorkshire down Buckle Lane and up to the Moor road climbing gradually to the Cow and Calf, from Ilkley we return via Asquith and the back roads. Our café stop is a later point than usual in the ride so bring snacks!

Maps: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/10807722 or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23674756

Cafe: A variety to choose from – we recommend La Stazione (near the station!)


Strenuous Ride: Harrogate (Central) – 30 miles

Unless anyone wants to put on a longer ride instead / as well.

Route: This route goes via Fewston and Penny Pot Lane to Harrogate, providing a real test of your legs before you get your break! Come prepared for plenty of hill climbing on this ride but also some lovely views and interesting roads.

Map: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/10373106

Café: Prologue Cafe in the town centre, or you could do a diversion to Betty’s at Harlow Carr – If anyone knows of any other cafes please let us know!