Despite the cold, dull and overcast weather there was a good turnout for the club rides today. 20 on the 50 miler and 4 on the shorter route. The longer route took us over the high ground from Airton to Settle via Scotsthrop Lane with the usual trepidation in passing the Highland cattle that seem to thrive up there. The fast descent of High Hill Lane delivered us to the Market Sq. in Settle where we regrouped before setting of for the cafe stop at the Knight’s Table in Stainforth. This is always a popular stop for us and plates full of beans , bacon and eggs were devoured before embarking on the return leg. The large group had split into 2 during the ride over the tops to minimise waiting time at regroups on the cold hilltop for those who’d managed to get there more speedily than the others. So we set off again in the same way.: 2 groups of riders. As the second group travelled down Long Bank Lane near Halton West we had one of those incidents that spoils the enjoyment of cycling around these parts. A 4 x 4 driver sped towards us at an alarming speed on a very narrow stretch of road giving no space to manoeuvre except onto the verge. In fact, so close was the pass that he dragged one of the group along by the handlebars a short distance. A heated confrontation followed with the furious man, who clearly was incensed at being brought to a halt by us. After a few minutes of further “exchanges” he drove off and a decision was made to call the Police as we regarded this as a road traffic accident because of the collision and damage to a bike. Happily no injuries were caused but the Police dealt with the matter very sympathetically and the PC disclosed that he was a member of Pendle Forest CC. We await the outcome of his enquiries. On our return to Skipton and the usual post ride coffee in Bean Loved we learned that the other half of the group had also had a near miss with another vehicle near Swinden Hall.
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