York to Hull - 12 August (night ride)
Stand-in ride leader Andrew says:
The Fridays go north to York for an unusual, mainly flat ride that goes below sea level, but also lets you soar over the River Humber. 116Km with just a couple of climbs.
The ride sets off by the steps on the western side of York Minster (High Petergate) at midnight, leaving the city centre, where people in strange outfits stare at people in strange outfits, to emerge into the darkness of the Vale of York. We pass numerous villages with names ending in Thorpe, cross the River Ouse follow it eastwards and marvel at the only OS square with nothing in it. As before, we’ll be stopping at the village hall in Garthorpe for refreshment.
Setting off as dawn breaks we're surrounded by a network of waterways, with the dyke wall above us. Over the Trent and past Flixborough, we’ll follow a track to Harkstow bridge, then a bit of bridleway round South Ferriby Cliff. We finish by riding through the cycleways of the Hull, arriving for breakfast around 8 am at McCoy’s on the marina.
Please ensure you have train tickets and cycle reservations to York where the ride starts and back from Hull or alternatively via York before registering. Cheap advance train tickets are available for getting to York on the Friday, and then returning from Hull on Saturday. There are a few train websites, which let you book bike spaces at the same time as getting a ticket, e.g. Hull Trains. These tickets do sell out, so book as soon as possible.
Please note, however, that there is a train strike scheduled for the Saturday following this ride and arrangements are still being discussed. This page is being updated on a regular basis.
Registration for this ride has now closed.