80 miles with 4 Castles from Masham – on Monday 9th May
Posted by Graham Banks on 2016-05-18
A pop-up ride on another surprisingly warm and sunny day, was put on offer by me to recce the Yorkshire Pedalthon organised ride taking place on Friday 20th May from Theakston’s Brewery in Masham.
John Hallett, John Waldron, Willie, Steve R, Martin (from Ripon CC) and I enjoyed a long hilly ride up Wensleydale on the quieter roads passing by Middleham Castle (and some very frisky racehorses) and Bolton Castle before calling at Askrigg for elevenses.
Jill, Andy, Graham, Melanie, Barbara and I set off from Kettlewell on a sunny but very cold day. Part way up Fleet Moss I was overtaken by Steve who had been delayed by having to go back for his cycling shoes. Melanie left us at the top of Fleet Moss, as planned, to return the way we had come.
The descent from Fleet Moss to Hawes was frighteningly fast with Graham's bike having a bout of tremors. Steve advised clamping the bike with your knees to stop the resonance. It took 2 hours to get from Kettlewell to Hawes - longer than I had planned - it was going to be a long day.
Steve led five of us from rural Appleton Wiske through urban Stockton and Hartlepool to the beautiful mouth of the river Tees.
We covered a flattish fifty-five miles of which over 60% was on designated cycle paths (some of which need further work) through the built up areas and along the river at Stockton-on-Tees where we stopped at the Tees Barrage cafe for a quick coffee. Continuing through Billingham to Greatham and the bird sanctuary at Saltholme for lunch.
Mark's ride on 13th March 2016 was the day of his 65th birthday, which turned out to be a beautiful spring day.The twelve riders who gathered at the start from Thirsk consisted of Mark, Mike, John, Paul, Mike, Peter & Pauline, Carol, Bob, Ann, Jenny and myself.
Mark managed to lead the whole route from memory, impressive for an OAP and occasionally "aided" by John referring to page 107 of the loose sheets from his road atlas.
We enjoyed a leisurely lunch at the Cascade Garden Centre at Bishop Monkton, followed by chocolate cake in honour of Mark's birthday.
On Wednesday 24th February, Liz led a ride to Scruton, with a healthy turn-out of 15 in total, including two new-comers, Sheila and Vicky. Besides Liz and myself, the other riders were Ken, Mark, Pauline, Carol, James, Barbara, John, Judith, Graham, Jenny, Yvonne and Peter C.
With all of the rides that were completed in the 1st quarter of this year included we have now reviewed 28 Cafes in total.
I know we award a prize for the person that completes the most rides each year, do we now need a 2nd award for the person that has reviewed the most cafes or do we all accept that this will be James Gravenor!
The league table is a little confusing with so many entries so I have included a top 10 for clarity. (Click on the smaller picture to Zoom in)