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Ride to Pickering, Wednesday 11/10/2017

A report from the ride leader, Bryan Stanton

We stayed dry till Pickering passing the fracking demonstration at Kirby Misperton (demonstrators with placards and lots of police!) and arrived in Pickering without rain.  Then as we were leaving  the rain started and got heavier all the way back to Hovingham where it dried up a bit!  Pedalling into the wind was hard and going uphill even harder meaning that I adopted the management strategy of leading from the back!  Still it gave the others frequent rests.

I need to say thanks to everyone for waiting; I was getting more and more wrecked as the ride wore on and eventually I was dropped all together and got home (in sunshine!) at my own pace.

Once again thanks to everyone for their help

 

Knaresborough, Summer Bridge, 6/7/17

We enjoyed a ride of about 120 km to summer bridge and back. There were a few challenging climbs ups such as Dacre Banks on the way to lunch and a tough climb up Hartwith Bank but we were rewarded by a long downhill and following wind on the return to York. My thanks to those who rode with me and were such good company.

Nick Folkard

Keith Benton completes LEL in 120 hours

London to Edinburgh and back or LEL for short is the biggest and longest Audax ride in the UK. 1440km or roughly 890 miles, 18 controls catering for 1500 entrants gives some idea of the scale (see https://londonedinburghlondon.com for more).
High winds and heavy rain were not the best of conditions so I’m afraid I missed the 117 1/2 hour deadline finishing in 120 hours At least I finished and got the medal ; the oldest rider to have completed the course but …. never again! Keith Benton