Phil P writes:
I must be jinxed! – this was the third ride in a row where I have been ride leader and it’s rained heavily. It was the day of Skipton Gala so I should have guessed as its usually rains for the gala 😊
Anyway, seven hardy souls turned up at Chevin for the planned route over to Waddington. I think the better forecast for Sunday made that a better option for many.
There was a quick discussion from some members – including me – about cutting the ride short.
We set off in a heavy drizzle but by Carleton one had already abandoned and returned home. Onward to Broughton and Thornton at a fairly brisk pace. This where the 30 and 50 routes planned to split. Steve, Neil and myself opted for doing the 30 miler leaving Christine, Gary and Phil to bravely carry on. I hereby apologise for abandoning my duties as ride leader, please feel free to sack me and not permit me to lead any rides in the future.
We plodded on to Hazy Days café at Hellifield to refuel and warm up. Just after we left the cafe the heavens opened for a heavy downpour. I suggested that if we hadn’t done the cafe stop we may have made it home before this. Onward to Gargrave via Otterburn, Bell Busk etc. then we all started to plot our individual routes back through Skipton to avoid the road closures as the Gala procession was just due to be setting off. We also decided to forego the post-ride Coffee as we were all pretty much wet through by this time.
A few Strava PRs were gained, I guess mainly as we didn’t want to be hanging about and didn’t need to stop and regroup. Strava reports suggest that the 50 mile riders had a reasonable ride without too much of a soaking. However further discussions suggest that that perhaps was not entirely correct and they also got a right soaking, also many roads were plagued with loose chippings as local authorities seem to be doing resurfacing works.
Interestingly a few people rode the route on Sunday which was a much brighter day.
Thanks all for turning up and supporting the rides.