Rides list for rest of June and half of July

Rides list for rest of June and half of July

Hi all,

We have been getting out and about quite a bit recently with decent turnouts too! John Duncan inspired us with a talk and tour of Lockington Church, which is slightly off the usual routes through Lockington and easy therefore to miss.

Once the Humber Bridge was open to us again we set off for Twigmoor Woods, near Scawlby. The Rhododendrons there are splendid, although due to the strange season we have had this year, some were over, others were out and some were still in bud! Wonderful bird life too, and great choice of lunch spots in Brigg.

Nigel and Phil between them drew a couple more riders to cycle from Scalby (north of Scarborough) to Whitby (for a Magpie Fish and Chip lunch) and back, along the old railway line. Phil's comment after was that the 40 mile ride seemed more like 60 (but then it is a track/trail rather than tarmac surface).

Some lovely pics from that ride on the WhatsApp group and some will be uploaded to the EYCTC website along with a report.

This coming Thursday sees us meeting at Fimber pond (at 10am) for a ride up to Malton. A hardy few are considering starting from Beverley at 8am to make it a longer ride. Weather, fitness and fatigue will determine whether we also ride back from Fimber!!

In July a longer ride "4 Bridges/4 Rivers" ride starting either in Beverley at 8am or from Humber Bridge Car Park at 9am approx to go across the Humber, over the Ancholme at Horkstow, over the Trent at Gunness, through Keadby and over the Ouse at Goole before (possibly) meeting the rest of the riders in Howden for lunch, return via Blacktoft and Ellerker, and then back to the HB carpark or via Surprise View and up Welton Hill to Beverley.

We've also opted to start East-going rides from the China Red pub opposite the top of Dunswell Lane. Meeting time stays at 10am but it should help to avoid cycling through some of Hull or Cottingham before getting onto quieter roads. If you drive to this start, then park around the corner in Ings Lane.

If you're not feeling too fit yet after lockdown, then do please consider joining East-going rides to start off with. They tend to be flatter so keeping the group together is less problematic as the speed differentials without gradients are less pronounced. (This sound advice from Sheila Sampson, who along with husband Jim have trained a few riders in their time!!)

If you have any ideas for new rides, or rides with a theme, do please suggest them and if you are prepared to navigate a route, so much the better. For "motor-assisted" rides where we drive to a starting point, the club has a four bike carrier which attaches to a towbar, so a few who might otherwise not be able to get their bike to the start should contact me in the first instance to explore availability of a lift and/or bike carry.

At present we are still thinking the Bike Bus trip to France in mid September could be viable. The committee is meeting again in July (but won't meet in August) to review this.

Dave Berger (EYCTC Secretary)



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