Grand Fondo 11:08:2018

August 12, 2018


Blog by Garry Hutchinson


Twas Brillig but careful with your head Josh!

18 club members (with another picked up in Skidby) not put off by the prospect of a couple of hills in the Wolds gathered at HQ yesterday morning for the latest KCC Gran Fondo adventure taking in Worsendale, Givendale, Nunburnholme and the lesser beast that is Trundlegate!
The temperature was cool at 7 am and long sleeves were definitely in order and even Jackets and tights for some.
A few apprehensive looks around at the climbing skills amongst some of those present but after a bit of adjustment we split into two smaller manageable groups.
This really is a good route and one of the highlights for me was the reward of flying down Garroby hill 50mph plus after the pain of climbing Worsendale.
The group I was in also contained John Drier, Mark Gilmour , James Poulsom, Josh Smith, Steve Chapman, Iain Callaghan, Robert Acklam, Gary Vieten and Karl Bahn. A few of us were in the same group on the C2C and I was expecting (hoping for) some good quality banter and I wasn’t disappointed.
Josh was the source of some good material by puncturing at around the 20 mile mark, after trying to fit tube no1 Josh found that the valve stem was too short, the second tube (provided by Iain) turned out to have a hole already in it! The monotony for some of us was broken by the second group 1 turning up and for Mark the the presence of a herd of cows in the field next to us – I think he was taking quite a shine to one of them, it must be those big brown eyes? Josh managed to complete the job with tube no 3 and off we went again.
As far As Market Weighton that is, when Josh was heard to declare rather loudly that his head was gone and he was going home. Apparently there was an issue with his repaired puncture. We managed to sooth him and told him how much we loved him etc and gave him a hand with putting it right although we had started to run low on tubes and CO2 cylinders by this point!
Note to self – the rest of the group always find it entertaining when someone throws a Paddy so don’t disappoint, let it all out. Steve, Iain and Karl, this applies to you too
I was disappointed that I missed James falling off at the top of Nunburnholme whilst waiting for others to get to the top, I heard that James himself was disappointed that it didn’t raise many laughs.
The early starts always make the Café stop appreciated and anticipated more then usual and much chatter was heard about the pros and cons of the Fiddle Drill but we were on the verge of telling Karl to shut up suggesting the Ramblers rest as an alternative. I explained that the other group were expecting us to go to the Fiddle Drill and we couldn’t let them down. Guess what happened next? Yep, the other group decided to stop at the Ramblers rest! To top it off, Karl put his usual request for crispy bacon but as usual everyone else’s seemed to be crispier than Karls. Bad choice by Josh to have a Jam scone too, talk about Wasps!
I know the other group will also have tales to tell and hope they were as comfortable in each others company as we were.
Banter apart, a fantastic days riding with beautiful scenery and fantastic weather with a great bunch of people topped off with a couple of beers and a social at the finish.
Thanks to all for turning up and making it possible. The picture shows some people helping to look for someones head 😂 

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