Tom's Classic Moderate Group Ride to Dalby

An 8 am sunny start yesterday from Cottingham for Tom's annual medium pace group 100 miler to Dalby – too early for one hipster, wearing pink, to shave. A good turnout of seven regulars plus a few irregulars started the ride. A helpful tail wind sped us to Sledmere cafe via Bracken, arriving bang on opening time. We were swiftly followed in by the arrival of many cyclists from all over the area.

Rest stop before the serious climbing over to Dalby

Rest stop before the serious climbing over to Dalby

The ride over the Wolds to Ayton was uneventful, apart from a minor strap failure suffered by Mel – quickly solved with the helpful comments from other riders – and a testing hilly ride up Forge valley and into Dalby. We split up into three groups for lunch – hot food cafe, cold food cafe and no cafe.

The Yorkshire Countryside at its freshest as seen from the BikeCam

The Yorkshire Countryside at its freshest as seen from the BikeCam

It’s always a pain to have a steep hill after lunch, especially when the KOM and points participants resumed combat.

The Wolds Way Lavender farm provided excellent cakes and hot beverages in preparation for the last stage and the undulating Bracken byway blown along by a helpful wind. A parting of the ways at Bishop Burton where those returning via Etton took on rehydration at the pub. An excellent day out a tribute to Tom's ride leadership skills and knowledge over 104 miles and to be back at the Cottingham start point by 7pm. A good, medium pace group ride achieving a very respectable moving average of 13 mph and zero Strava kudos awards.

Garmin Route, ride statistics and elevation profile

Garmin Route, ride statistics and elevation profile

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