The start will be as normal at ASDA 9.00 for 9.30 start with the full tank you will need to complete a 160 mile ride (opportunities to fill up available for bikes with a shorter range).
The ride, led by Bob Hill, will be interesting, covering several different types of road as it snakes it’s way through to Middleton-in-Teesdale. Setting off north we will ride through Bedale and Richmond for a comfort and refreshment stop at Piercebridge. For those interested in history, Piercebridge was the site of a Roman bridge, located as we enter the village from the south. Go straight on at the first right angle bend!
From Piercebridge we will make our way to Stanhope in Weardale after enjoying the windy route across Hamsterley Common. Travelling west we go back over the moors past Weardale Ski Club with England’s longest ski slope!
We join the Alston road past High Force into Middleton In Teesdale for a lunch stop in one of the many cafes (90Miles).
Our return is via Bough, Tan Hill, Reeth and Leyburn before taking the back roads through to Ripley for a well-earned ice cream amongst the Easter Holiday crowds. Please note that this route may change depending on the recce ride next week. Final route will be given at the briefing on Sunday. Tail End will be covered by Barry Ring.
The weather forecast is looking good so I hope you can all tear yourselves away from the Easter Eggs etc. to enjoy a great ride.