A dry but overcast evening saw a good turn out for this week’s ride, with 8 Scwheelers setting off from Glusburn. Paul Fitz and new boy Dave setting the early pace, the bunch was soon strung out as it headed through Cononley and on towards Skipton. Luckily, frequent stops for dropped chains and natural breaks allowed the group to reform.
The temporary lights in Skipton presented a longer stop than anyone wanted but the group finally got the green for go and head up the High Street and on towards Embsay. A sharp left onto Brackenley Lane took us over to the Grassington Road before another left turn took us up the short steep climb of Bog Lane and over to the A65.
A quick blast along the A65 saw us reach Gargrave and the welcome quite of the back roads back down to the A59 at Broughton. Unfortunately this section was punctuated by another unwelcome stop, this time a puncture for Dave. However, a quick tube change assisted by Paul saw the group back on the road and chasing down Martin who has set off up the next hill to gain some time on the group.
With Neil Dobson making his return to the Thursday night ride after breaking his collar bone in May, the group decided to avoid the climb known locally as ‘The Basterd’ and headed back into Skipton. A split saw Bob and Steve K heading back towards Lothersdale while the rest of the bunch pressed on for home. The Scwheelers train really got going on the fast stretch from Skipton to Kildwick, with Dave and Nigel doing good work on the front before the group split again at Kildwick to go our separate ways.
Report courtesy of Steve Hannigan