A cycle ride to Hovingham and the Howardian Hills

After a soaking on Thursday I made it out yesterday with four other members of the local CTC group. I felt I needed a long ride – with some hills – as I continue to train for our Morecambe to Mappleton coast to coast. The runs list had Hovingham as the destination, but on Thursday there was talk of possibly doing a shorter ride. I’m glad we stuck with the plan. It became my third century ride this year after the journey home from Askrigg at Easter and the trip over the Humber Bridge with Hull Thursday/Cycopaths a month ago.

The weather couldn’t have been kinder and we made good time to Stamford Bridge for the first stop. We arrived at Hovingham not long after midday and returned over the Howardian Hills and through the Castle Howard Estate. I really struggled again on the hills. This is a worry given the route we have planned on our C2C. Our way home took us via a testing climb out of Leavening and a pot of tea and a slice of cake in the village hall in Thixendale.

Descent in to Thixendale

The descent in to Thixendale coming from Leavening. Ours isn't an unsociable group: we were freewheeling well over 20mph.

With the wind and most of the hills behind us, my little computer recorded an average speed of 15.1 mph and a distance of just over 104 miles. (The ride from Cottingham Green to Cottingham Green was 90-odd miles, but the distance is pushed over the 100 mark by the miles to the start and back: I’m having them!) Although I found it tough-going in parts I enjoyed the day very much. It’s just a pity there were so few of us to appreciate the ride.

It’s probably 20 years since my last 100-miler with the CTC and 30 years since my first. Let’s hope I don’t leave it so long for the next one.

4 comments on “A cycle ride to Hovingham and the Howardian Hills”

  1. Patrick wrote:

    Well done, especially as it's only your third ride in 9 weeks. I'm still waiting for a weather window for my proposed 100-miler. This week looks out.

  2. Chris wrote:

    Cheers. This week was forecast as being good for all but one day. Now, apparently, it's rain through to the weekend 😥

  3. Mary wrote:

    Well hats off to you Chris, a 100 miler is a 100 miler. A huge achievement and frankly at a brilliant time and speed to boot too. That Century is still being elusive to me for now, but one day... one day...

    when are you doing your CTC by the way? You are sounding like well on teh way to good fitness for this in my book.

  4. Chris wrote:

    Hi, Mary, and thanks. Our C2C is planned for the end of August. Training has taken a knock this week for a number of reasons and my plan for a ride tomorrow has had to be postponed, too. I’m hopeful that I'll get back in saddle by the middle of the week.

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