Rick S writes
Well, absolutely fab weather, not a cloud in the sky. The faster group of 7 got going first leaving 13 of us on the club 50 miler a with a couple of others undertaking the 30 miler.
A regroup on the green at Airton was followed by the fine road up and over to Settle, marred slightly with Maurice’s puncture near Airton. Strava maps tells me that this road has more names than most can remember: Scosthrop Lane when leaving Airton becoming Settle Road, then Black Gill Lane, where we had a rather chilly regroup at the cattle grid.
A totally unsuitable motor home descending the steep part of High Hill Lane prevented all movement by anybody motorised or otherwise!
Onwards to Feizor up Buckhaw Brow where Elaine’s Cafe was a real picnic. The faster group appeared to be talking to each other so they had presumably had a good ride! Many sat outside in the brill weather, I went for the sweaty back room which we had reserved.
Returning back through Lawkland, it was time for another mechanical. Picking up my chain from the gutter of the A65, told me it had broken. Well, there you go! At least it wasn’t raining. Edward and I soon got it sorted, power links are very useful especially if you have the correct size.
I wonder how many times I’ve cycled through Wigglesworth? Quite a few!
Onward via Halton West, Hellifield and Airton to Gargrave toilets. “Use them or lose them” we all say. Simple pleasures in life. We all managed not to get wiped out on the A59 at Heslaker Lane before finishing up at the Clubhouse for coffee and match analysis. All very enjoyable.