Hi all, the Tour de France ride is nearly upon us and the weather prospects are looking good. I think we are going to have a good turn out of 20 to 30 riders in Harrogate but it’s difficult to say.
Those of you who have studied the route may have already realised that it differs from the actual Tour de France route at the start and finish, but also the middle section from Aysgarth to Hawes (we go through Askrigg). Our route is a B road route to take out the none interesting and busy roads. We will still be riding about 80% of the actual route and taking in the main features of the ride, it will also be approximately the same mileage as the real tour stage so no one will be losing out on valuable miles! As long as people get over to Hawes, Buttertubs and back round Grinton and Leyburn back to Harrogate then it doesn’t really matter. We will mostly be sticking together in groups anyway.
Everyone is welcome to come and join us, were also using the ride as an opportunity to raise funds for club member Keith Alderson’s granddaughter who is undergoing cancer treatment. Please check out the details on clevelandwheelers.com
Finally please make sure you have all your repair kits and energy supplies with you as on a normal club run (sorry I know I’m fussing again!) The back up car will be meeting up with us at Grassington and Reeth, plus at the top of the big 3 climbs so you can put extra supplies in the car, but it won’t be following behind us like a team car so please don’t rely on it for mechanicals. There’s no magic spanner or sticky bottles on this one I’m afraid.
Finally, see you all there, I’m looking forward to it.