Welcome Liz Flint to the group.

A little about me, I ride a Pan European ST1300, the Beast I call it, I took my test 7 years ago and after importing the Beast from California after riding the Pacific HWY 1 I couldn’t live without it.

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Spare space on David Haywood’s mid-week re-run Thurs 22nd

One of next Thursday’s riders has had to drop out of the ride so please contact David on 07779 214331 to book this spare space. It’s a great ride out with some super smooth new tarmac to pinch from the cyclists. See the previous post for yesterday’s ride . Full details are on the HAB website.

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Sunday Ride Out Re-Run 25th October

A re-run is planned of Paul Holmes’s Sunday (18th) Ride for Sunday 25th October. Anyone unable to book a space for Paul’s ride is welcome to book a space for this re-run on the 25th. Currently three spaces available.

Meet in Ripley at 9.00am to leave at 9.30am full tanks.

The first section of the ride takes you north wards to Kirkby Malzeard, Masham, Newton-le-Willows, Scotton and through Catterick Garrison and to our morning coffee stop at The Station Cafe, Richmond, DL10 4LD just before the Mercury Bridge passing over the River Swale on the edge of Richmond. 

After coffee, we head further north to Gilling West before passing over the A66 and passing through Forcett, Caldwell and Winston heading towards Barnard Castle. From Barnard Castle we will head on the A67 towards Bowes and ride west on the A66. From the A66 we will pick up the signs for Barras which will take us up and on to the moors towards a well earned lunch stop at Tan Hill Inn, DL11 6ED (Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level).

After lunch we will head south east back towards Reeth and Leyburn where we can do a fuel stop if required. From Leyburn on a quick route we will head east on the A684 to Bedale. From Bedale we will head towards Leeming Bar and pick up the A6055 running parallel to the A1(M) going south to pick up the A61 which will bring us back towards Ripon and into Ripley for the finish (approximate finish 15:45). A Gpx file of the route is available on request.

The route is approximately 122 miles. Tank up before the start or at the designated fuel stop.

Another opportunity for a Sunday ride not to be missed as we head into Autumn.

Covid-19: Please respect the current distancing and protocol guidelines whilst socialising together.

To book please contact Barry as soon as you can on 07847 786608.

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Sunday Ride Out-18th October-North Yorkshire Dales & Teasdale.

Paul Holmes is leading us on a North Yorkshire Dales and Teasdale run.

Meet in the Ripley car park at 9.00am to leave at 9.30am full tanks. The first section of the ride takes you northwards to Kirby Malzeard, Masham, Newton-le-Willows, Scotton and through Catterick Garrison and to our morning coffee stop at The Station Cafe, Richmond, DL10 4LD, just before the Mercury Bridge passing over the River Swale on the edge of Richmond.

After coffee, we head further north to Gilling West before crossing over the A66 and passing through Forcett, Caldwell and Winston heading towards Barnard Castle. From Barnard Castle we will head on the A67 towards Bowes and ride west on the A66. From the A66 we will pick up the signs for Barras which will take us up and on to the moors towards a well earned lunch stop at Tan Hill Inn, DL11 6ED. (Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level).

After lunch we will head south east back towards Reeth and Leyburn where we can do a fuel stop if required. From Leyburn on a quick route we will head east on the A684 to Bedale. From Bedale we will head towards Leeming Bar and pick up the A6055 running parallel to the A1(M) going south to pick up the A61 which will bring us back towards Ripon and into Ripley for the finish at approximately 3.45 pm.

The route is approximately 122 miles. Please make sure you are tanked up to start or top up at the fuel stop.

Covid-19: Please respect the usual distancing guidance whilst socialising together.

Given extra demand a re-run can be arranged for this ride, possibly the following Saturday 24th or Sunday 26th.

Contact Paul on 07746 378175 to book a place .

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Midweek Ride Re-Run 22nd October

Dear Hab Members

David Haywood’s midweek ride on 14th October is full with a waiting list. David has offered the waiting list a re-run on Thursday 22nd and that ride is now also almost full. One place remains for the ride on 22nd so contact David on 07779 214331.

For details see the previous post for the Wednesday 14th ride on the HAB website.

Any ideas or questions regarding other proposed rides please contact Barry on 07847 786608.

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IAM AGM and Subscription Increase.

Dear member


You will by now have received your Autumn edition of RoadSmart magazine from the IAM which included their AGM Notice. You will see that it is their desire to increase annual subscriptions to £42 (£38 if paid by Direct Debit). Given the severely limited activity that had been available this year and the financial hardships that have been created for many, you might, like me, think this increase inappropriate.

There is a form of proxy included with the Notice where you can vote for or against this increase. The form simply needs completing and sending to IAM RoadSmart or scanning and emailing.


Fill in your details and leave the name of the proxy blank and the Chair of the meeting will have your vote.


Subscription to HAB will not increase this year to reflect the limited activity we have been able to provide.

John Blanchfield
Chairman HAB

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Wednesday 14th October ‘Bowland and Dentdale’ Rideout

David Haywood is leading this ride through Bowland and Dentdale on Wednesday 14th October meeting at Ripley car park 9.15am for 9.30am start.

Number of riders limited to six with spaces currently available. Please contact David on 07779214331.

Morning and lunch rest stops to be confirmed. Please note you have personal responsibility for your eligibility to take part in group rides. John Blanchfield sent a post out a few days ago with the words ‘I want to emphasise therefore the strict need to ensure social distancing throughout the rides especially at coffee/lunch stops etc. and that no one should turn up at a HAB ride if their local lockdown circumstances prohibit it’. The below links will give you some help in your decision.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/west-yorkshire-local-restrictions

https://www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/health-and-well-being/covid19-restrictions.aspx

The details of stops will follow but bring your own food if you prefer. Please arrive with full tanks but if necessary a fuel stop can be factored in.

As always it should be a great ride, let’s wish for good weather!

See you there!

Barry

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HAB Ride Out Update

Dear Fellow Club Members


I hope you and your families are all well and coping with the difficulties the COVID situation is throwing at us. We are at least lucky that we are all still able to ride our bikes and enjoy the sense of freedom and fresh air this gives us.


As you are aware the regular Group ride outs have been somewhat curtailed by the requirement to limit number of participants to 6. Furthermore the recent further lockdown restrictions in many parts of our district has meant that 2 of our proposed rides have had to be cancelled owing to leaders not being able to take part.

This situation has lead to the matter being raised at the recent Club committee with a view to determining whether these rides should be halted at the present time of escalating COVID cases. It was eventually concluded however that we should continue, taking care to abide strictly to Government, and accordingly IAM, guidance/law. I want to emphasise therefore the strict need to ensure social distancing throughout the rides especially at coffee/lunch stops etc. and that no one should turn up at a HAB ride if their local lockdown circumstances prohibit it.


Given the reduced number of ride leaders now available it is most likely that the calendar of monthly rides will not be as regular as normal but Barry Ring, our ride out coordinator, will do his best to keep things going. Once again I would ask for anyone able to lead a ride to contact Barry with their availability.


The Committee will constantly monitor the situation and endeavour to give everyone the best riding opportunities available.

Best wishes
John Blanchfield
Chairman HAB

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Place Available on Sunday 27th Sept Ride

Hi All,

A spare place has opened up for the September ride to the lake district.

Please email pjd0568@gmail.com if you are interested.

Thanks

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Welcome Andy Martin to the Group

I’m a General Manager for Whitbread Restaurants, and have been managing a pub in Harrogate for the last 18 years, having been with the Company for the best part of 30 years. 

My first foray into biking was at aged 20 when I bought a second-hand Suzuki RGB125 Gamma from a friend of a friend, in order to facilitate a commute to work – with no instruction (I only had my car license at the time) and even less mechanical skill, I’m afraid my relationship with that bike was short-lived, and so began a rather large break from biking! 22 years later my girlfriend really wanted to ride, so we both completed a CBT together, and I fell back in love with riding. 

The purchase of a Derbi Terra Adventure 125 ensued to build our “biker sense”, and 6 months later I had my full A license.  My first “big bike” was a 2002 VFR 800, and as much as I loved that bike, the riding position wasn’t for me, so when the time came to change, I went for a brand new Tiger 800 XRT, and have recently progressed to a Tiger 900 GT Pro. 

As we both live where we work, riding is purely for pleasure, whether that be in the form of a midweek ride out (in between school runs), or a longer tour a little further afield. In terms of further learning, a few years ago, at the suggestion of an old scuba diving buddy (your very own Richard Stembrovic), I completed the Bike Safe course, and have since also completed Machine Control 1 & 2 with i2i Motorcycle Training in York. 

I’m really looking forward to developing my skills with HAB in order to keep both myself and other road users as safe as possible, whilst maximising the enjoyment I receive from my machine.

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