York Rally 2019
York Rally 2019
York Rally 2019
Cycling UK Louth (CTC) have been attending the Annual York Rally for well over 30 years and this year would be no exception. We would be following Sustrans Route 65 from Howden to the Knavesmire, part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
Assembling at the Market Place, Howden were Rob Whitworth (on his new hybrid Dawes in anticipation of green lanes and Rough Stuff track), Alan Hockham, John Ambler and Tim Newbery. Chris and Ying Owen would be joining us at York Rally, cycling from Selby. Although rain was forecast to set in by 7 pm, the morning started fine with a little sunshine trying to break through the canopy of cloud.
The route would initially take us through Knedlington, Asselby and Barmby on the Marsh, nestled in the flood plains of the River Ouse. On reaching Barmby Barrage the track would become true 'Rough Stuff', shared too by sheep and cattle who left their mark! It's here that the waters of the Derwent are separated from the tidal Ouse, to prevent the tides polluting the water extraction plant at Loftsome Bridge which supplies fresh water to the city of Hull.
Having been rattled and shaken quite enough, we emerged into the pretty Yorkshire village of Hemmingbrough and good progress was made into Selby. Time for refreshments at 'The George' which overlooks the Abbey. With staff being particularly busy it was more of a self service coffee break but very enjoyable sitting in the increasingly sunny conditions, watching several groups of cyclists pass by.
The Trans Pennine Trail then follows the old Selby to York railway line at Riccall. This line, built in 1871 finally closed in 1983 but now boasts a 'Cycle The Solar System Trail'. It's a busy route and we encountered numerous tricyclists, not surprising as the Tricycle Association were in force at the Rally celebrating their 90th Birthday.
Arriving at the Rally at a little after midday, we had time to browse for a couple of hours before a visit of Cycle Heaven. Trevor Halstead from Cycling UK Gainsborough was spotted (en route to the Rough Stuff Fellowship stall) and we also met up with Chris and Ying. Plenty of stalls, exhibitions, bric a brack and trade tents to explore and Rob was impressed by a rather fine 1980 Colnago Master on display. There were a number of grass track races in full flow which made exciting viewing.
The York Rally has a rich history and was founded in 1945 and ran to 2012 under the auspices of Cycling UK (CTC). The idea originated from Hull and East Riding District Association and was intended as an inter DA meet. The 2013 event was cancelled and finally a new organisation resurrected the Rally in 2015.
A short ride from the Rally, crossing the Ouse on the Millennium Bridge, took us to 'Cycle Heaven' for a visit where there were a number of very fine bikes on sale. Something for everyone and it took much resistance for us not all to have emerged with a new bike.
Approaching 3.30 pm and if we were to beat the onset of the rain, a return to Howden using the same route following Sustrans NCN Route 65. On arriving back at Hemingbrough to tackle the track to Barmy Barrage, today's Ride Leader, ignoring calls of 'Wrong Way' was determined to lead the group along a track to the fascinating sewerage works. Purely for educational purposes. Rather fine looking pubs in Barmby and Asselby were shut so it was back to Howden for a well earned drink. Arriving at 6.15 pm, the rain started in earnest 5 minutes later. Fine timing and a very enjoyable day out. 52 miles covered. Thanks to all for their company.