Sunday 19th January Ride Out-Jem’s Pit Stop Diner

This coming Sunday our ride-out should take advantage of a sunny weather forecast.

Starting point is the usual Harrogate ASDA lorry park on Dragon Road 9.00 am for a 9.30 am start after a pre-ride briefing.

Leaving Harrogate on the Otley Road towards Beckwithshaw, we will have a lovely country route around Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs taking us to the A59 at Blubberhouses. A quick blast-up Kex Gill along the A59 and a left turn at Beamsley near the bottom of the hill with a great route through Langbar and up Beacon Hill. Watch out for plentiful sheep on the way up and down the hill into Ilkley. Then through Ilkley, up past the Cow and Calf, through Mention and along The Chevin to stop for a break at the High Trees Garden Centre cafe on Otley Old Road LS18 5HZ

Leaving the cafe we retrace our route for a few metres and turn left along Dean Lane which soon turns in Scotland Lane on the way into Horsforth. Weaving our way through Horsforth then past Kirkstall Abbey taking a right lane off the A65 onto the B6157. It’s a tricky junction and we should gather together before this point. After that a route through urban areas to Tong Lane and a few fields again then Birkenshaw, Birstall and finally Batley, to Jem’s Pitstop Diner and Motorcycle Shop, WF17 8ND where we stop for lunch.

After lunch and a look around the bike shop, we can set off again on a quick run on main roads through Rothwell, Oulton and Garforth, onto the M1/A1 up to Wetherby Services, where the ride finishes.

Total mileage is only 78 so should be no need for a fuel stop.

GPX files can be sent you for your sat nav if you want to look at the route beforehand. You can email me at the address below.

I hope you all can make it. It should be sunny weather. The Pit Stop Diner gets busy, so numbers would be helpful. Send me a text on 07847 786608 if you can and I will book a table for us.

I will be leading the ride with John Blanchfield kindly being the tail-ender on this occasion.


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New HAB Member-Samuel Relton

Welcome to the Club-Samuel Relton Associate Member

Sam passed his test in Nov 2019 and rides a 2010 Kawasaki ER6N. He joined HAB to learn everything he can from the massive experience in the group and take his riding to the next level – whilst hopefully saving a bit on insurance! When not on the bike he does healthcare research at the University of Leeds.

Please say hi to Sam when you meet him.

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New Member-Peter Germaine

Welcome to the Club – Peter Germaine Associate Member


Peter re-took his motorbike test in 2015 at the ripe age of 65 and is now looking to improve his riding skills with Harrogate Advanced Bikes.

Peter retired from work in 2005 due to ill health, now aged 70-seems to be bike fit now! He has had a varied working career, with a mixture of jobs but the main ones are as a motor mechanic and electronic engineer-should be handy for a few technical tips!  Good to see he knows how to pick an excellent bike!

Please say hello to Peter the next time you see him.

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HAB Monday 13th January Meeting at Bilton Cricket Club

Special Guest Stephanie Kovrlije-Store Manager-SPORTSBIKESHOP-Leeds .

Stephanie has kindly agreed to talk to us about Sportsbikeshop and their new and impressive motorcycle gear and clothing store on Regent Street in Leeds.

As usual our January meeting is at the Bilton Cricket Club 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Before handing over to our guest speaker, I will run through any other business and then make way for Stephanie to tell us all about Sportsbikeshop’s comprehensive range of motorcycle clothing and accessories followed by the Cricket Club’s splendid buffet afterwards.

Hope to see you all there.


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Not The Christmas Dinner Reminder

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HAB First 2020 Wednesday Ride-Out Fish & Chips in Scarborough – Weds January 8th.

Happy New Year everyone – Our first mid-week ride of 2020!

Route starts and finishes at Morrison’s in Boroughbridge YO51 9UR.

Meet 9.15am for a 9.30am start.

From Boroughbridge we’ll pick up the B6265, turning left to Little Ouseburn and over the Aldwark Bridge to Linton-on-Ouse.  Continuing on minor roads to Authitts where we dog-leg across the A19 to Beningbrough and towards Haxby, turning right on to the Wiggington road (B1363).

Coffee stop: The Farm Shop Café, Wiggington Road, Haxby YO32 2RH. 

After suitable refreshment, from the café, continue briefly on B1363 before turning left on A1237 (York inner bypass). Turn left towards Strensall, following the road to the right and past York Golf Range to the A64 where we’ll go straight across the main road, picking up minor roads and on to Buttercrambe.

All minor roads now, heading northeast before turning Right on the B1248 briefly then left on B1253 to Kirby Grindalythe, West Lutton, Helperthorpe, Weaverthorpe and then left on B1249 at Foxholes and north to the A64.

Right on A64 for about 2 miles then left on the minor road to West Ayton.  North on minor road towards Spiker’s Hill, then north east to the A171 and on to Scarborough North Bay for lunch.

Lunch stop: The Oasis Café, Royal Albert Drive (North Bay), Scarborough YO12 7TY.

After lunch we’ll retrace the route back to West Ayton, then turn Right on A170 to Helmsley and onwards towards Sutton Bank but turning off the main road at Wass Bank to Byland Abbey and Coxwold and then the A19.

Left on A19 then immediately Right to Brafferton , Helperby and Thornton Bridge, then Left to Boroughbridge where the route stops at Morrisons.

Mileage is about 124 miles.

Leader: David Haywood

Tail End Charlie to be anointed on the day.

As I write this, the forecast for is fair with little chance of rain.

I hope you can join us on this first ride of 2020!


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Absolutely the Last Sunday of the Decade Ride!

Weather forecast good this weekend, so we have a late notice.

Last Sunday of the Decade Ride, meeting at Ripley Car Park at 10-00am.

Barry, I said good weather!
Sorry Andrew, you meant this one!

Early coffee, via Pateley Bridge, at-How Stean Gorge HG3 5JF.
After coffee, over the tops to Leighton Reservoir, Ellingstring, Jervaulx, Leyburn, Grinton, and up Swaledale to lunch at the Kearton Country Hotel, Thwaite DL11 6DR.

After a great lunch, we head over Buttertubs to Hawes, then the moorland road to Oughtershaw, Grassington, to Stump Cross Caverns HG3 5JL where our decade ending ride will finish. 

Andrew Pratt will lead this impromptu ride of 90 miles, tail lender to be press-ganged on the day.

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New 2020 Event and Ride Out Calendar

Hi All

2019 is rapidly coming to an end, and alongside dwindling shopping time, thoughts are turning to the possibility of getting out more often on the bike in 2020.

Our new 2020 Ride Out Calendar is available to view on the HAB website alongside our remaining winter meetings at Bilton Cricket Club and, courtesy of John Blanchfield, already scheduled guest speakers.

Have a look at the available dates for our 2020 Sunday Ride-Outs. Currently you have a free choice of dates and, if you want to expand your riding experience and lead biking colleagues on the ride you prefer, give it a go this year. Full advice is available on the website, from me or from other experienced hands. For all you brave 2019 first timers please come forward again and maybe do your ride in reverse. Every 2019 ride was new in so many ways, went well, even punctures brought out the best club teamwork and the weather was with us most of the time.

If you are free during the week, Monthly 1st Wednesday Rides are also available to lead if you prefer. It doesn’t need to be complicated. A destination is all you need, a coffee stop on the way, somewhere to get lunch and a finishing point.

Summer brings longer days and an unwinding ride after a day at work, after checking your cabbages in the allotment or baby sitting the grandkids all day, and with the prospect of fish and chips at the end, an evening ride is a good way to cut your teeth leading a Ride Out for the first time. Again all you need is a destination, somewhere for some refreshments and a relaxing chat at the end. Summer evening rides usually commence on the second Monday in May and again you have a free choice of dates at this point in time.

Don’t be shy. Share your favourite route and improve your riding skills. Have a look at the Ride Out Guidelines page on the HAB website.

Consult with your club colleagues for freely available advice.

Please get in touch or feedback via this post.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year


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Wednesday Mid Week Ride Out 8th January

Just in case you were wondering and sorry to disappoint anyone hard enough to want a ride on New Year’s Day, but the usual Wednesday Ride Out for January won’t be taking place on the first Wednesday of the month. No doubt you all be recovering from your celebrations of the night before on the 1st so the Wednesday ride will take place on 8th instead.

David or John will be organising the ride and details will follow soon.

Best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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Sunday Ride Out Reminder Plus Christmas Lunch Option

Hi All

For those looking forward to this Sunday’s Ride-Out, “Bedlam to Bedale”, lead by Andrew Pratt with Bob Hill keeping us honest at the back, we have a delightful option of selecting a Christmas lunch at The Platform One Cafe in Bedale.

Please get in touch with Andrew, to book ahead. There is no need to book for the standard menu.

Andrews ride’s are always well planned and this one is appropriate for this time of the year so let’s make the last ride of the year a good one!

All the best


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