These a two regular cycle events are organised by the Transpennine group. The Yorkshire Dales cycle ride starts from the village of Gargrave, between Settle and Skipton; our route passes Malham Cove, climbing steeply up a 1 in 5 hill to Malham Tarn then descends Littondale to Grassington and back to Gargrave. Six members pedalled this challenging route – about 40 miles with over 3000 ft of ascent back in July.
Mid-August is always our yearly trip to the flatlands of the Fylde Coast for a 50 mile cycle ride taking in Knott-End, Fleetwood, Blackpool’s Golden Mile and Lytham St Anns. (Last year’s trip though was cancelled though due to the remnants of hurricane Bertha or something running into the UK making it impossibly windy.) We had a good turnout of eight and the weather this time was dry (but a bit cool.)
This year, the non-cooperation of the tides meant we had a long wait for the ferry across to Fleetwood from Knott End. We gave up after our lunch and pedalled around the Wyre estuary to come out on the seafront near Blackpool’s piers. Blackpool was packed out with tourists watching the Blackpool airshow; it could have been good planning, but I suspect it was luck that we were just in time to be treated to a display by the Red Arrows as we weaved our way through the crowds just in time to miss the café opening times in Lytham. Hey ho who needs a cup of tea anyway.
Thanks to John and David for organising these events.