Ten Knights set off from Market Cross promptly at 9am, although Andy appeared just in time to see the peloton disappearing round the corner as he arrived. Today’s route was proposed by Matthew with our cafe stop at the Ginger Cow near Everingham.
The main feature of this ride was the brisk westerly wind which we would face on the outward leg. Captain Pugwash was first onto the front as we headed over the Westwood. Thought I’d get my turn in early before everyone was fully warmed up.
Continuing onwards to Cherry Burton and Etton the “front runner” changed hands several times, although I’m sure there was a certain reluctance to “volunteer” for the position. The pace was just beginning to pick up when the puncture fairy descended on Chad as we headed towards Middleton-on-the-Wolds. Two tubes and two gas canisters later plus a small hand pump, Chad managed to continue with his rear tyre inflated sufficiently to complete the ride.
Next up was the 3 mile climb along the Warter road directly into the wind. Dave 🌊🏠 set a strong pace at the front, eventually proving too much for the rest of us. After regrouping it was off to Nunburnholme top before the fast descent to Burnby.
The sun came out when we arrived at the cafe adding to the pleasure of dining Al fresco. Matt ordered his usual green coloured smoothie. “Good choice sir” said the waitress “the grass was cut freshly this morning”.
The return route took us to Harswell and North Cliffe. With the wind now generally behind us, Warp factor 5 was engaged until reaching the bottom of Common Hill. After regrouping at Hotham we headed off to tackle Trundlegate. At the top, Andy left the gang, while the rest continued along Middlehowe Road to Walkington and home.