An early start from Sheffield meant we were away on our bikes from Helmsley Youth Hostel soon after ten in the morning. The road gradually climbed till we reached Blakey Bank for a long haul to the top of the moors. Mike had a mechanical on the this stretch and rode the rest of the weekend on three gears, and has never ridden better! We dropped into Danby for lunch at the National Park Centre then climbed back over the moors with fantastic views to the coast and over to Fylingdales. A long descent took us to another cafe stop at Hutton Le Hole where we sat in the sunshine, before a last slog into a fierce headwind along the main road back to Helmsley.
After excellent food and as much sleep as you can get sharing a room with 5 other snoring blokes we set out for the second stage of the tour. Flat roads down pleasant country lanes took us to Malton where we found a gloomy cafe which we were all glad to leave. The road rose gradually into the Howardian Hills gently opening lovely views, past Castle Howard and onto a proper country tearoom in the village of Terrington. After a leisurely stop we carried on with a couple of nasty little uphill shocks at Danby and then, just before Helmsley, Oswaldkirk Bank where Mike was heard to use the f word to describe banks.
A swift descent to Helmsley as the sun shone ended the weekend.
Thanks to Mike, Steve, Roger, Fred, John and Tony for making a great weekend.