In contrast to Friday’s scorching hot day, we were treated to somewhat cooler temperatures aided by the cloud cover and the North easterly breeze. It did nothing to deter our intrepid Knights as we had another good turn out at Market Cross. Split into three groups and setting off at various intervals. “We’ll be back by 1pm, won’t we?” asked Sharrin hopefully. I don’t think she needed to worry.
After placing the cafe stop order, the “Furious” group set off first led by Paul and assisted by Olivier, James G, Matthew P, Chad and Mark. A few minutes later, the “Fast” group departed with Matty at the helm aided by Pugwash, Matthew H and Smithy. The final group “Fast Too” led by Sharrin as group leader with Neil, Heather and Stephen followed shortly after.
Our destination was the Granary cafe at Ulrome. The first section of the journey took us out along the Molescroft road to Cherry Burton then Etton. Our route appeared to be littered with direction signs indicating a local sportive was taking place, indeed we passed the photographer at Etton but he didn’t seem interested in taking our pictures despite the ingratiating smiles.
The early pace was quite “sedate” to begin with, but once we hit the Bracken road, Matty suggested we do a chain gang while heading into the wind. “All the way to Ulrome then” ventured Pugwash. The “Fast” group worked well together, sailing our way to Hutton Cranswick then Skerne and Wansford. One could imagine strains of Elvis Presley 🎶A little less conversation, a little more action please 🎶 as we continued 🎶working on the chain gang🎶.
The pace eased off a bit as we passed through the pretty village of Foston-on-the-Wolds and never really recovered the same intensity. Meanwhile, the “Furious” group with the aid of “Turbo-charger” Olivier was reportedly driving them along like a galley slave master, upping the tempo every time he took to the front. Arriving at Lisset, the “Fast” group stopped for a photo opportunity before completing the run into Ulrome.
On arrival at the cafe, we found the “Furious” group sat lounging around enjoying their drinks while waiting for the food to arrive. No sooner had we placed our orders then the “Fast Too” group arrived too! 😁
Call me a pedant if you will but I’m not sure the message board does anything to inspire confidence! Order your Covid at the till? Perhaps it’s just me. The food when it came was good although Neil made a good impression of “being Jim” and laid claim to the first bacon and egg sandwich that appeared even though he was last one in. As I was finishing mine, a wasp 🐝 started to buzz around. “This one must be Neil’s” someone intimated. Soon enough, it was time for the return.
With the wind now assisting, all groups took advantage and headed home in double quick time. Leaving Ulrome, we headed south to Skipsea then Skipsea Brough with the chain gang working once more. Talking the lesser travelled route through Dunnington and Nunkeeling we made our way to Catfoss then Brandesburton. It was here that the “Furious” group followed a different script to everyone else as they added in the loop around Burshill before returning to Leven and home.
The speed of the “Furious” group was reflected in the number of Strava cups achieved with Heather and Sharrin from the “Fast Too” group adding to their collection too. Everyone else clocked up many segment PR’s along the way. Another great day out in the saddle enjoyed by all.