HAB Last 2021 Sunday Ride 19th December

I hope some of you will be up for a brief but interesting ride prior to getting too involved in the Christmas season. This will be the last official ride before Christmas. The ride out on Sunday 19th December has taken into account the limited daylight and possible problems with the weather, not to mention the dreaded Omicron variant! The exact route will depend on these issues, which may cause route changes on the day, or in the worst case, sadly, cancellation. However, all being well we will depart from ASDA lorry park on Dragon Road, Harrogate at 9.30am hopefully with the sun shining on an unseasonably warm day!! We will take the direct popular main road route to the Biker Café at Bellerby via Ripon and Leyburn for an indulgence of Spam and Egg sandwiches or similar.

Manor Cafe Bellerby

From Bellerby we will travel to Reeth then onwards through Gunnerside and Muker, finally diving down via the Buttertubs Pass and stopping in Hawes for lunch.

Lunch Venue to be decided on the day!

The Penny Garth Cafe
The Chippy!
Or even The Creamery Grommet!

After lunch, returning via Kettlewell, Grassington and Pateley Bridge finishing at Ripley.
Ice Cream for the hardy? The aim at this stage is to get back before the darkness and cold spoil things.

The total distance of the ride is 110 miles so most bikes should make it on one tank.
Please Note. Weather: If freezing conditions or snow are forecast the ride will be cancelled so check your phones before setting out.
Covid: If you have symptoms please do not attend.

Look forward to seeing you there.
Bob and Andy

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Rules and Guidance on Group Organised Rides

Dear Members.

The committee have received enquiries about the format and rules on group ride outs and this would be a good opportunity to publish some guidance. The IAM provide a guidance document as attached at the bottom of the page, which should be read in line with this group guidance.

The ride outs occur every month, usually on the third Sunday, additional weekday ride outs are usually held on the first Wednesday. All ride outs are published on the website in advance with route descriptions, meeting times and names of the ride leaders and TEC (tail end Charlie). These posts will be published around a week before the ride and subject to the final recce ride conducted by the ride leader and TEC.

The rides are scheduled in advance by our ride out coordinator, Barry Ring, planned by our ride leaders and published on our Website Calendar. The ride leaders are all current and full IAM members who volunteer to lead rides and plan the routes.

Each ride out is usually between 120 and 170 miles with planned breakfast, lunch and fuel stop breaks. Prior to the ride out the ride leader and TEC with carry out a recce ride no later than a week before the ride to establish any issues such as road closures and other hazards which may be encountered. This will then form part of the notification post and pre-ride briefing.

On the day of the ride the ride leader will provide a briefing on the ride prior to departure. This will be a description of the route, any scheduled stops and any potential hazards such as difficult junctions or potentially hazardous roads (sheep, cyclists etc.). One important part of this briefing will be an explanation of the drop off system and that the ride leaders will be riding to an Advanced standard and within the rules of the road, both legal, safe and within speed limits. It should be noted that the same is expected of all members on the ride and that all members should ride for themselves and within their own limits making their own judgments.

The Drop Off System.

The drop off system exists to enable a smooth and progressive ride without interruptions or breaks and to allow the whole group to follow the route without getting lost.

The ride leader and TEC will have advanced knowledge of the route and junctions. The ride leader will take up position at the front of the ride and the TEC at the rear. As the group ride sets off the members will set off in turn behind the ride leader. As the ride leader approaches a junction he will indicate that he wants the rider immediately behind him to stop and mark that junction.

The ride leader may elect not to mark certain junctions, these will be ones where the route is obvious and stays on the same road. Typical examples are straight on at roundabouts. This will be explained at the briefing. In certain circumstances it be unsafe or difficult to mark a junction and the ride leader will identify any such junctions during the briefing and explain how these should be negotiated. One example is when riding to the lakes and crossing the M6 flyover where the exit joins a left hand motorway filter and there is no safe place to stop.

The junction marker must find a safe and legal place to stop so that they can direct the remainder of the bikes passing through. As soon as they see the TEC rider (identified during briefing) they can re-join the ride. The junction marker should be ready to move off when it is safe to do so. The TEC may provide a signal in advance and if it safe to set of the marker can do so, even if riders are still to come through. This is on the basis that if the TEC has seen the junction then all the riders in front will have seen the junction.

The junction marker must not set off until released by the TEC, even if they have to wait a long time. If there has been an issue on the ride then someone will come back along the route to notify them.

The only time the ride leader will stop is if there is no rider behind to mark the next junction and they will only stop to allow the next rider behind to catch up so the next junction can be marked.


  1. What happens if I get lost?

    During the briefing the location of any break stop will be given and you should make your way to the next location. Leader and TEC contact details are published on the ride notification. You should make note of these and message the ride leader/TEC where you are heading.
  • I am marking a junction, what happens if no one comes past for a long time?

    You should continue to mark the junction; large gaps can develop and are not unusual. If you do abandon your post then potentially the whole ride may collapse. If there has been an incident causing a delay then the ride leader will back track to pick up any stranded junction markers. Feel free to send a message or call the ride leader to check for issues.
  • Can I overtake?

Yes, we are advanced riders and overtakes can be carried out if safe to do so. This includes other riders on the ride-out. Everyone has a different pace and may want a more relaxed ride, however if you choose to ride at a steadier pace then please be aware of other road users, members of the ride or other bike groups/riders coming from behind and give them room to come past if safe to do so.

  • Do I have to maintain the same pace as all other riders?

No, you should ride at your own pace and within your abilities and safely taking the road conditions into appreciation. This is the whole point of the drop of system, that it allows riders of different abilities to enjoy the ride without feeling under pressure.

  • Is the ride considered as training?

    Whilst the ride is not a training ride all members are still expected to ride within HAB and IAM standards. Observers may be on the ride and members should feel free to talk to them about riding standards and any issues encountered during the ride. Similarly, if an Observer sees any dangerous or poor riding standards then they may choose to discuss this with the member. This will be done constructively and discretely and all members should be open to receiving any advice in a constructive way.
  • What happens if I am in, or witness and Accident.

    We should stop and give assistance if safe to do so. The TEC will eventually catch up with the group and will then assess the situation. If you are a witness it may be feasible, and with agreement that you come out of the ride and the ride then continues without you.
  • Can I leave the ride and go home?

Yes, you can pull over at a safe and legal position until joined by the TEC to discuss or at a break stop with the ride leader or TEC if you wish to do so.

  • Can non-members join the ride?

No, we only allow full members and associates on the ride.


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Covid guidance for Monday’s meeting

Bilton Club have advised that as they are a pub/restaurant the wearing of face masks is not compulsory. They have re-introduced screens on the bar and will open windows for natural ventilation.

Whilst wearing masks is not compulsory we will leave it to the individual members discretion.


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December Monday Meeting

Our December meeting is this coming Monday, 13th December at Bilton Cricket club.

Doug will be our quiz master for our Xmas biking quiz and the club will be adding some Xmas treats to their excellent buffet.

Look forward to seeing you then.


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Wednesday 1st December 2021 – Ride out and Christmas Lunch.

Following David’s invitation to book for our Wednesday Christmas lunch, here is our route to the Bay Horse.

Meet at Morrison’s, Boroughbridge car park from 9am for 9.30am latest start. 

We head east via Thornton Bridge, Brafferton, Brandsby, north to Helmsley, then on the A170 to the old favourite Beadlam Grange Farm Shop Cafe Y062 7TB for a quick coffee.

Outward & return journeys.

Its just less than an hour from here to our lunch stop, so we’ll leave Beadlam at 10.50am and should arrive at the Bay Horse, Great Broughton TS9 7HA in good time for our 12 noon lunch, via Hutton le Hole, Castleton, & Kildale.

After a great lunch we head back to Boroughbridge, via Rievaulx, Scawton, Bagby & Thornton Bridge.  This is a 1 hour and 15 minute run or if time/weather is against us we can return via Northallerton & Thirsk in just an hour.

Total mileage is 100. If any lunchers are going straight to the Bay Horse and not joining our ride in, please let me know on 0747 300 5849.

Looking forward to our ride & lunch.


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HAB Sunday 21st November Ride

A Dip into the Peak District

A whistle stop journey south from the lorry park on Dragon Road, Harrogate heading south on the old A1. Meeting from 9.00am and setting off at 9.30am.

Morning stop is the Fox & Hounds in Newmillerdam (WF2 6QQ). After coffee and a snack it’s southwards again towards Penistone and on to the stunning Mortimer Road with switchbacks and surprise corners good enough to grace an alpine road. Just as you are getting into the groove we will reach our lunch venue at the Strines Inn in the Peak District (S6 6JE) overlooking its’ very own reservoir. We will need to book in so get in touch with me as soon as you can (07847 786608 by text please) so we can give the Inn an idea of the required numbers. You never know we may end up with decent weather and sit outside.

After lunch a mile or so south again onto the A57 westwards onto Snake Road past Ladybower Reservoir. It’s a little neutered with the 50mph limit these days and policed too, but you may get a careful overtaking opportunity in and the corners are certainly entertaining. Glossop is just up the road and where we make a right turn in the middle of town northwards again, on the B6105 with its’ own share of hairpin turns. Up on to the A628 and if the weather is clear and time permitting we will have a run up Holme Moss, through Holmfirth and on towards Denby Dale, in any case, for a fuel stop.

Last leg of this ride would normally include a quick stop at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park but the days are now short so it is straight onto the M1 north at junction 39. We will be finishing the ride at the Wetherby Services on the A1.

Total max mileage is 144 (if we go over Holme Moss and includes stint on the M1 at the end of the ride).

I hope you can make it, please get in touch on the number below.

Ride leader Barry Ring (07847 786608) TEC Roy Beniston

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Tonight’s Meeting

A reminder that the meeting is this evening with guest Nick Jefferies.

Look forward to seeing you.


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November Indoor Meeting

We will be holding our indoor meeting this month on Monday 8h November at Bilton Cricket club.

Our guest this month is Nick Jefferies, who is an avid trials and TT rider who will give a talk on his biking history and racing experiences. I’m hoping this will be a very interesting and engaging evening.

Please arrive to start at 7.30pm, the usual excellent buffet will be served about 9pm.

Look forward to seeing you all thsn.


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HAB December Weekday Ride Out and Christmas Lunch – Wednesday, 1st December 2021

Good news-The Christmas lunch and ride out returns for 2021!
A table has been reserved at the Bay Horse in Great Broughton for 12pm on Wednesday 1st December. Weather permitting there’ll be the usual ride to the venue and Andrew Pratt has kindly offered to plan this. Details of the ride will follow nearer the time. 

I’ve been promised full menu details shortly but, in the meantime, please register your interest as soon as possible so I can get an idea of numbers.

David Haywood

07779 214331

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HAB Weekday Ride Out – Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Don’t forget your bucket and spade

Meet at The North Street Deli, 29 North Street, Wetherby LS22 6NU from 9am for a 9.30am start.

From Wetherby the route takes the York Road before turning right to Wighill and on to Tadcaster. South from Tadcaster on A162, turning left on Raw Lane to Ulleskelf, Cawood, the bridge over the River Ouse and on to Kelfield and Riccall.

We have a table reserved for Coffee Stop at the Pickled at Riccall café YO19 6QE (inside the post office). From Riccall to North Duffield, then north on the B1228, turn right on Ash Lane to Allerthorpe, Pocklington, on the B1246 through Warter, the A614 Beverley Road around Driffield south, right on B1249 to Brandesburton and the A1035 towards Hornsea for lunch.

Lunch stop Hornsea – Lily’s Beach Café HU18 1NJ if enough room otherwise ‘play it by ear’.
From Hornsea, north on the B1242 to Atwick, turn right to continue north on A165, right on A614 then first left to Haistorpe, left on B1253 and turn right on minor road towards West Lutton, left to Malton Lane, left again to Low Road. After Kirby Grindalythe continue on B1248 to North Grimston, bear left on Cordike Lane to Langton and left on A64 south of Whitwell-on-the-Hill before taking first right, minor road towards Foston, Lillings, Ambo, Stillington, Easingwold, Raskelf, Helperby, Thornton Bridge and left to Boroughbridge.

Our Ride Out ends at Morrisons car park, Boroughbridge.
Length as described: approx. 145 miles.
David Haywood will lead the ride, TEC to be appointed on the day.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd.


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