A short postscript to answer Melvyn's thought bubble in Pete's post.
Along with Pete and Simon I too was dropped by the A group on the climb out of Skipton and was left in no man's land not knowing whether to chaise with absolutely no prospect of getting back on or drop back to the B group and miss out on the climb from Arncliffe to Malham via Darnbrook. I chose to do the Darnbrook ride on my own hoping that I might rejoin the group at Airton cafe which I did, just after the photo shoot.
Much the same thing happened on the return home only it was the climb out of Gargrave that did for me. Notwithstanding the days trevails I still enjoyed the ride and I topped off the day by driving across to Peel Park Bradford to see Ian Field win the Senior race in the National Cyclocross Championship