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Storm Ali Fails to Defeat York WW

Combined ride to Castle Howard Arboretum and Pickering
Andrew Richardson, 19/09/2018

On what must have been the windiest day of the year, about 30 riders left the square in two groups. The Arboretum staff had phoned to confirm that they were staying open until 12 noon, having warned me yesterday that they would have to close if the gusts exceeded 40mph!

 It was fairly easy riding to the Arboretum with a mainly tail wind (somebody commented how fit we all must be today!). Several others had gone directly there and there must have been about 40 riders there for coffee. However, quite a few decided not to continue (largely through fears about the ride back into the building gale).

 By Pickering, there were only 6 remaining in group 1 and 12 in group 2, plus Graham and Derek who had made their own way there. After lunch in Cafe Frog, we discovered that they are closing down soon and the place is being converted into a gin bar! There could be some interesting rides home in future!

 We turned into the wind at Pickering, and it continued to strengthen. Soon after Kirby Misperton group 2 were hit by a very heavy rain shower which continued to Ryton with a strong cross wind – heavy rain blasting into your right ear isn’t fun! Group 1 got a similar soaking whilst passing through Malton. However, we all got back safely with the sun shining.

 One highlight of the day was Ray’s debut on his electric bike conversion. The sight of him outsprinting Robert Worrall up the hill at Great Barugh was one to behold.  Despite the weather I think that most had an enjoyable ride.

Andrew Richardson

Cycling Offences: Have your say

Four years ago, the Westminster Government recognised that our road traffic laws weren’t working and promised a full review of traffic offences and penalties.

Now, instead of the full review, the Government has announced they will look just at cycling offences.

Cycling UK sees this limited review as a wasted opportunity to look at the bigger problems with road traffic laws, and the way the justice system deals with irresponsible, careless and dangerous behaviour by all road users.

If you want to help to make sure the Government don’t get away with just tinkering around the edges, but review our road traffic laws to make sure they deliver just and safe outcomes, so road crime is treated as real crime, please see Cycling UK’s e-letter campaign to the Government and your local MP.

Free Komoot maps – turn your touchscreen phone into a cycling SatNav

I have vouchers for 2 sets of free Komoot maps (worldwide, normally €29). If you are planning to use Komoot for route planning or recording rides email me at or ring me on 01904 709542.

There is more about Komoot on our Links page  in the section headed “List of apps and webpages for route planning and recording”

Andrew Monk

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Volunteers wanted for York Rally ride, 23 June

From Andrew Richardson

I have agreed to lead a D ride from York Rally on Saturday 23rd June. I have asked for this to be listed as a ride with York Wednesday Wheelers, with me as leader. I believe that the start time is at 9.10 from the Rally Headquarters on the Knavesmire.

The ride will be about 37 miles with a coffee stop in Stamford Bridge (there are several coffee shops now) after about 25 miles. Back by lunchtime.

It would be good if a few Wheelers were to join us, and I would appreciate a couple of volunteers to act as a ‘tail end Charlie’ and a second leader if the group is too big, and needs to be split. Please let me know if you are willing to help. I will supply you with the route in advance, but basically it is as below:

Outward route via Millennium Bridge, Walmgate Stray, Osbaldwick, Murton, Warthill, Upper Helmsley, Buttercrambe, Skirpenbeck, Bugthorpe, Youlthorpe, Gowthorpe, Full Sutton, Stamford Bridge (where there are a number of options for coffee).
Return via Route 66 to Dunnington, Murton, Osbaldwick, the cyclepath to James St then cutting through to Blue Bridge Lane and the riverside back to Millennium Bridge.