Ride Report - Arksey
On a cold and frosty morning 8 hardy Sitwellians, joined by two of Rotherham Wheelers finest, met at the usual spot for Rob’s inaugural ride as Club Captain. (God help us all!!)
A nice lumpy start to our 52m/85km ride was greeted with cheers (pretty sure it was cheers) as we ascended Cowrakes before hanging a right to climb Royds Hill. We then lost two souls who had other business to attend to but kudos for coming down (Thanks for the gloves Paul!!) This was followed shortly by glimpses of Carr, Bib and Gypsy lanes before a nice steady flat route out towards Tickhill. We then headed towards Donny via Wilsic Lane before some, I guess you could call it, skilful manoeuvring through busy Balby with Rob showing people how not to position yourself to go left on a four lane roundabout. (I hope you all took notes as that was a one-time lesson!!)
After some refreshments we headed back out in the now colder weather with just a hint of sleet threatening. A nice climb up Cadeby (9% in places) enjoyed by all before a navigation malfunction brought us on an alternative route to the scenic hairpins of Mill lane in Conisbrough. The long drag at Edlington tested the tired heavy legs of some (Rob!!) before heading on to Micklebring and home. A couple went on to complete a Gran Fondo. All in all then, a potentially good route with some minor tweaking and I hope enjoyed by all despite the Arctic conditions.
Sitwell CC’s first visit to Arksey brought us to the Old School House Team Rooms and we were not disappointed. A warm welcome, nice ambiance and ridiculously good coffee and food for £2.99. Our host even kindly presented us with an energy gel each (a nice touch!!).
Prompt, friendly service and quality ingredients in our food means that we will undoubtedly be returning in the not too distant future. Plenty of room outside for the bikes, our host told us there were security cameras there also. We opted to stay inside on this occasion but it looks like there are plenty of outdoor tables and chairs for when the weather picks up.
A good group ride to begin with considering the bumpy start and some guests from Rotherham Wheelers who joined us on the morning. After some bedding in we all stayed tight as a group until busy Balby threw up a few challenges. We quickly regrouped and rode in single file for the most part on to the café at Arksey.
After a refreshing café stop we rode well as a group in sub-zero conditions taking in some nice climbs at Cadeby and the hairpins at Conisbrough. A couple of nutrition stops were needed as heavy legs took their toll. Time at the front was shared well amongst the group which of course provides welcome respite and recovery time for all. All in all a good ride which ticked most of the boxes - new friends, good conversation, good café, new roads and a good accomplishment so early in the season.
Our next Sunday club ride will be at Sherwood Pines on January 29th. Jonny will be leading.