Today’s ride saw seven Knights setting off from Market Cross to meet up with a further five near the Dog & Duck pub in Walkington. The route was generally flat but with a few hills to warm up on and a few more near the end to test the legs.
First up was Bluestone Bottoms followed by Comberdale Hill, although those leaving from Market Cross would argue that it was the climb over the Westwood. The “reward” for our efforts was the lovely sweep downhill past the Little Wold Vineyard into South Cave. After regrouping at the junction it was time to zoom off to North Cave.
Brian took up the “lead out” as we flew by Cave Castle and along Ferry Road. I’m sure there was an added element of determination as we spotted a cyclist ahead, eventually making the “catch” as we past by HMP Humber. On reaching the main road, captain Pugwash took the “reins” to lead the group into Gilberdyke.
Turning off the main road towards Faxfleet we encountered our first bit of head wind. Half way along James G suffered a puncture bringing our “train” to a halt while repairs were effected. With such a large group, Neil took the opportunity to phone ahead to warn the cafe of our imminent arrival.
Shortly after setting off again, Neil suddenly realised his energy bar was missing from his pocket, most likely rattled out by the numerous potholes and rough road surface. Never one to give up on his food, like a lion in search of its prey, he returned to retrieve the lost item before rejoining the group.
With the wind behind us once more we made our way through Blacktoft, Yokefleet, Laxton and Howden Dyke and very soon arrived at the Cheese Shop in Howden. The air was warm enough to sit outside, however there was limited seating until we spotted a couple of benches across the street. After commandeering many of the chairs from outside, we were able to accommodate all of our group together.
Refreshments complete, it was time for Vasco da Gama to check the map to confirm our route home. Leaving Howden, we headed north towards Spaldington. On reaching Willitoft, Vasco realised we’d missed our turn to Foggathorpe. Back to the charts Vasco! “Rerouting…….. Please wait!…….. Searching for best route. ” “At the next junction, go straight on, then take the next right past the Oaks Golf club”
With the “sat-nav” getting us back on track, we turned back into the wind as we made our way through Laytham, Seaton Ross and Everingham. Now back onto familiar roads we returned through Harswell to North Cliffe and South Cliffe until it was time to start climbing once more. Common Hill was first up, a little 7% ramp up to see if you have anything left in the legs.
At South Newbald, the only one keen for Trundlegate was Matt, as he set off on his own, while the rest opted to take the less steep but more undulating route of Beverley Road.
Many thanks to all the big strong riders who took turns on the front while heading into the wind.