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Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route – the aftermath

leaving NortonLast weekend, six of us undertook the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle route - this is our story....
Saturday 16 July
Arriving at Norton College at the unearthly hour of 7.15am, any anxieties about the challenge ahead were soon forgotten as I was lulled from the warmth of my car by a bacon buttie made by fellow Inntraveller Beccy. Overnight bags and camping gear were swiftly tagged and deposited in the Vion white van as I also took advantage of the coffee and flapjack on offer at the college; I reckoned the more ‘carbs’ the better at this stage!

The local paparazzi were out in force and after a few obligatory smiles and poses, we were ready for the off, just as the heavens opened. Perfect timing! Lycra-clad, waterproofed and undeterred by the forecast of torrential downpours the 6 intrepid Inntravellers commenced the 146 mile Yorkshire Wolds cycle route and promptly missed the first left turn after the college (some trusty Inntravel route notes wouldn't have gone amiss here!)

Before we even had chance to get warmed up we were confronted by Settrington bank, which quickly sorted the men from the boys! Chris and Pete shot off up the hill in some kind of frenzied 'green jersey' sprint! I took a more leisurely approach, but there was no time to get our breath back before the tough, steep climb up Duggleby Hill then on to Sledmere in the rain! I managed to keep up with Tess as far as Weaverthorpe, puffing and panting as she calmly chatted and cycled with ease.

Yorkshire Wolds Cycle WayEventually, she cycled off into the distance, leaving me on my own as I reached the check-in point at Bempton, via Hunmanby. Then, it was on to Sewerby where I was greeted by a bracing sea breeze on the lovely coastal path into Bridlington. It was 2pm and time to stop for lunch - I was hungry and tired but grateful, at least, that I’d made a last-minute investment in decent waterproofs!

After lunch, the sun came out and I met up with a lovely bunch from Market Weighton who were doing the same ride. The friendly banter was a pleasant distraction from pushing the pedals and in no time at all we reached our overnight stop at Hutton Cranswick. The warm welcome back made the 75 miles – and 6 hours and 30 minutes in the saddle – seem worthwhile. Warm evening sunshine, a sumptuous barbecue, live entertainment, free flowing Wold Top beer and some delicious flapjack made the evening a very pleasant one indeed.

Sunday 17 July
Full English consumed, tents packed away, lubrication applied and water bottles refilled it was time to get back on two wheels! Any thoughts of aching limbs or soreness had to be dismissed as we eased ourselves back onto our saddles; Ouch!

A beautiful sunny morning awaited us as we began our exploration of some of East Yorkshire’s most beautiful and undiscovered parts, including Kilnwick, South Dalton and Etton. The six Inntravellers decided to stick together initially in the name of team building and bonding; we were also joined by Graham, who was responsible for mechanical support and First Aid on the ride.

Yorkshire Wolds cycle wayWe approached Beverley to the mighty toll of the Minster bells and headed straight for the Westwood where another Inntravel colleague Carole awaited our arrival, laden with Lucozade and the ubiquitous flapjack! At this point seven became six as Michelle opted for a more leisurely pace and continued bravely along the route ‘riding solo’. After Walkington, we ventured on to Newbald and a gentle off-road section to Goodmanham. Spirits were high, with the boys sprinting for the village signs and plenty of friendly joking and banter!

After 43 miles, we arrived at our lunchtime venue, The World Peace Café & Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy, though leaving the warmth of this lovely café was perhaps the nadir for me - every bone in my body ached, I was extremely saddle-sore and it had started to rain very heavily once more. The thought of 30 miles over Millington and Thixendale filled me with dread, but giving up was not an option.

The steep descent into Millington Dale unearths a beautiful secret valley, which never ceases to take my breath away. However, its sharp bends and wet surface almost got the better of Chris and Pete, who both took a tumble but managed to get back on their bikes and complete the route. Michelle wasn’t quite so lucky and parted company with her bike on the very same descent. She eventually completed the route in comfort and style in a silver Mercedes! She was bruised and battered but courageous to the end!

At 5.22pm precisely we completed our 146 mile journey and we all felt a mixture of relief and elation. We had met some lovely folk in some very beautiful parts of our region - a great achievement and a truly memorable experience that will definitely go into my memory treasure box.

Yorkshire Wolds Cycle route


 

Posted: 22/07/2011 10:49:53 by | with 3 comments
Filed under: cycling, UK


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Steve J
Sounds great, especially the Saturday night: "Warm evening sunshine, a sumptuous barbecue, live entertainment, free flowing Wold Top beer and some delicious flapjack"
CONGRATULATIONS!!
27/07/2011 11:13:46

Beccy Cooper
Glad the bacon butties went down well - you all deserved them! Don't think I could have set off in that horrendous weather. I was glad to be working! Congratulations everyone - you did amazingly!
26/07/2011 13:04:35

Anne-Marie Harrison
Well done to a courageous and stoic team. What an achievement, especially in our Yorkshire "summer". Congratulations to you all but especially to my lovely friend, cycling buddie (and author!) Jacqueline!
22/07/2011 13:45:58

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