I can now confirm that Simon Schofield, a freelance writer for Cycling Weekly and his photographer, Russell, will be coming to visit the Club Run on Sunday, 31 May. This should have been the date for the Mountain Challenge Ride but Simon is just after a 90 minute to two hour ride with a café stop and not “crammed full of hills” as he says this doesn’t make for good group photos. So I’m afraid the Mountain Challenge Ride has been rescheduled for Sunday, 2 August.
Could all those who are coming along please meet as usual at the Tourist Information Office, Great Ayton at 9.40 for a 10 am set off. Please could you all just ride in your normal groups, the photographer is going on ahead so every group will have the chance to be captured in the photos. Looking back at previous Cycling Weekly Club Reports they don’t appear to show many ride shots anyway. Its mainly before, and afterwards in the café. I have spoken to Bryan Bevis and he is going to try and lure along some of the veteran members, (or geriatrics as he calls them!) It would also be nice if parents could bring along the Cleveland Wheelers kids to represent the full spread of the club. I’m hoping that this gathering will replace the planned “as many Wheelers as we can” ride that we had to cancel earlier this year due to clashes with dates.
The proposed route will skirt the Cleveland hills taking in Easby, Ingleby Greenhow, Great Broughton, Carlton, Faceby, the Gold Hill Loop road, Swainby, Scarth Nick, Osmotherley, Ellerbeck, East Harlsey, and back via East Rounton, past Roots cafe, Hutton Rudby to finish back at the Market Square in Stokesley for photos near the flower beds and inside Chapters Deli. However, if the weather is really nice we may decide to continue on to Fletchers Farm at Great Ayton as there will be more room outside. We can decide this nearer the time. Unlike the usual split times for the steady, medium and fast groups we will just set the groups off with short intervals between, fast group first. If the fast group would like to add a small loop to make it to Chapters for say 12 noon, the steady group can always cut the route short to arrive at the same time, also there will hopefully be a fourth group with the veterans and any juveniles that turn up. This group can do a shorter ride to the café. The usual ride leaders will be organising their groups in the car park.
Please can everyone try to wear club kit if possible, new kit, old kit or even the original pale blue kit that Bryan Bevis always looks smart in. If those with spare kit would be willing to loan out jerseys then that would be much appreciated.
I’m sure we can provide a great spectacle for Cycling Weekly and showcase what a fantastic club the Cleveland Wheelers is. See you all there.