President's ride
On Sunday 30th of July more than 30 members set off on the annual president's ride which this year commemorated the 80th anniversary of the club's founding in 1937.
The destination was the Crook'O Lune picnic area with an optional loop to Wray. On the return journey the club visited Quernmore Crossroads, the destination for the first club run in 1937. Those early members doubtless went in the Temperance Hotel ( now Temperance House) a popular stop for cyclists and walkers in the 1930s.
Despite the dismal forecast, the weather stayed fine all the way back to Roots cafe where more than 50 members enjoyed an excellent meal, the highlight being a magnificent anniversary cake.
It was heartening to see cyclists whose membership dated back to the 40s, particularly John Rushton, secretary for 40 years and Les Cross, chairman and long time cycling journalist for the Gazette.
They must have been pleased to see the club they had worked so hard for still obviously thriving in 2017.
In deference to those 1930s riders two members completed the ride on single speed machines. Oldest member on the ride, Des Burrows, 85, completed the 70 miles run without any problems other than having to wait for younger riders.
In all, a most enjoyable day and thanks to all for making it so.

Harry C

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