Sunday the 12th July saw the Beverley Cycling club the Knights meet for the usual club ride at 9.30am. The weather report looked great and a few riders turned up at the band stand in anticipation of the day ahead in the saddle. The ride planned was to Howden on a flat route round to a golf club for a lunch stop and a flat second half back home. The day started slightly cloudy and cooler than anticipated and the element of rain seemed imminent. However no sooner had we set off the clouds parted and the sun beamed down in all its glory.
As we set off and grouped in to a bunch everyone began to find their rhythm, before long we were enjoying the flat flood plains around the River Humber cruising along nicely. Plenty of friendly chat exchanged between the riders as we rode through the countryside taking in some of the beautiful scenery East Yorkshire has to offer. Before we knew it we were in Howden and the smell of bacon sandwiches definitely picked the pace of the bunch up a little.
Upon arrival at the golf course we were met with some strange looks as you can imagine however the staff and regular golfers were friendly and welcoming. Some light refreshment and a bit of food (half a cow burger for Andy & Neil) and we were back in the saddle. With more flat countryside the chat began to diminish and the cadence grew quicker stretching the bunch out a little. But as on any club ride, nobody gets left behind so we were all grouped together ready for the run in to Beverley.
Some of the Knights decided one pint wasn’t enough and headed to The Barrel in Walkington to continue the ‘light’ refreshments. A kind soul even let Stephen rev his Audi R8, and that’s not a euphemism…..
We genuinely couldn’t have asked for better conditions; still wind, bright sunshine and a flat route – Average Speed 18mph, Total Elevation 1,028ft, Distance 68.7 miles.
The cycling tan lines were strong after this one!