Cycling The Way of The Roses

Dawn Nicholson, local cyclist and Ladies Captain at Test Valley Golf Club, completed The Way of the Roses in the Yorkshire Dales over four days from 19th July. Here is her diary:

I set out on a gorgeous day in July with 3 friends and a kindly support driver to cycle the coast to coast route from Morecambe to Bridlington via the Yorkshire Dales.  Officially 170 miles from start to finish.

Day 1: Morecambe to Malham via Lancaster 43 miles - The sun shone on us and after a nice flat start we soon got into the Lancashire countryside and rolling hills and then on into the hilly southern Yorkshire Dales.

Day 2: Malham to Boroughbridge 58 miles - We knew this was going to be the hardest day of the ride and so it was.  After taking a wrong turn we rode 8 extra miles up hill and down dale.  Then we had to tackle the hideous uphill stretch to the highest point of the ride at 1325 ft., before making the demanding descent into Pateley Bridge.

Day 3: Boroughbridge to Pocklington via York 45 miles - York was the highlight of this day. A British Cycling race event was taking place through the centre of the city.  We would have taken part, of course, if we hadn’t been on a tight schedule!

Day 4: Pocklington to Bridlington 46 miles – the countryside ranged from Yorkshire Wolds, to arable fields and then on to the coast.  Not too many big hills today, but the weather turned against us and became quite damp and chilly.  We knew we were nearing the end of our journey and the thought of fish and chips kept us going when the going got tough! 

We made it!  The weather quite cold at the end of the route but we were just glad to be by the sea again, all still smiling!  Officially 170 miles, we actually rode nearly 200 miles, thanks to wrong turns and out-of-the-way B&B’s!

My name is Dawn Nicholson and I raised £1090 in sponsorship for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.  And yes, I would do it again!