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.
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.