York to Hull - 12 August (night ride)
Ride leader Nick 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 or paying for the halfway stop.
Important note. Our half way stop at the scout hall is manned by volunteers who will be getting out of their warm beds to make sure we are fed and watered. So they are not out of pocket if people cancel at the last minute or don't show up for the ride at all, we are asking for a non-refundable pre-payment of £7. For this you will get a hot drink and a sandwich - a selection will be available - and perhaps a banana or something sweet.
Please send your payment to either:
THE FRIDAYS CYCLING CLUB (FNRTTC), sort code 30-98-97, account number 40385560
or via Paypal (but please do this as 'friends and family' to minimise charges) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Whichever option you use it is essential you include your name as it appears on your registration and the ride you are registering for (e.g. Joe Bloggs, York-Hull). Your registration for the ride will not be complete until payment has been received.
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 website, 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.