On Sunday 14 May 2017 we have our annual car assisted ride to the Cyclists Memorial Service at the beautiful village church in Coxwold, North Yorkshire.
A link to information about the origin and purpose of the service is given below. It is both a reflective and a most enjoyable occasion, attended by large numbers of cyclists from across Yorkshire. For those who do not wish to participate in the service, there are some lovely lanes around Coxwold, and the opportunity to visit the stunning ruins of Byland Abbey just along the way.
The ride is car assisted – we take the bikes in cars as far as Boroughbridge, and then ride to Coxwold. There are high standard refreshments in the Village Hall (Coxwold is a VERY posh village) before and after the service, and we will also have a coffee stop in Thirsk en route from Boroughbridge. The ride in total is about 35 miles; 20 out and around 15 back by a different route. With the exception of a couple of gentle climbs near to Coxwold it is almost entirely flat, making it an ideal ride for those who would like to experience the joys of riding in a group of cyclists in a completely non competitive setting.
We will meet at our normal Brighouse start point at Bethel Street Car Park – note earlier time of 8.15 hrs for a 8.30 hrs start. It usually takes around an hour to get to Boroughbridge (via M62/M1/A1 (M)) exiting at jct 48 on the A1(M) signposted Borougbridge. We reassemble at the Council Car Park (free, toilets available) at Back Lane Boroughbridge – for those not familiar with this I can provide details.
Based on recent experience I am assuming those participating will bring their / their relatives / their friends bikes in their own cars or will have already arranged transport, BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME ALONG AND YOU DO NOT HAVE A CAR OR TRANSPORT PROVIDED CAN YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND iIN ANY EVENT NOT LATER THAN THURSDAY 11 MAY. Thanks.
We have had some fine weather for this ride in recent years so hopefully we will be lucky again. There were once a large number of such services held to remember those cyclists who went off to wars in foreign lands and did not come back, but now there are only two, so it is a pretty unique occasion on the cycling calendar. Calderdale has always been well represented at the service, so if you can come along I am sure you will not be disappointed.
If you need any more information, please give me a call on 0776 332 8804. Thanks