It was great to see so many keen cyclists at the start today and although the weather was a little inclement at times enthusiasm was not dampened as we made our way to the iconic 'Sids Cafe' at Holmfirth.
Pinkie and Mick Collins did a good hard stint at the front through Huddersfield until our prayers were eventually answered just out of Honley when Pinkie punctured.
After a good breakfast stop we set off in the rain on the Isle of Skye road in moderate temperatures with a buffeting cross tail wind, the main problem being keeping the bike on the road in the strong gusts.
However we were sheltered in the valley from Greenfield to Denshaw before turning right over Buckstones and down to the Works in Sowerby Bridge where Mr Gower was collecting 2014 subs (Still only £6 - payment requested as soon as possible).
SUNDAY 5th Jan
Meet Denholmegate 9am or Keighley 9.30 for Wharfedale. Note that the cafe at Kettlewell is closed so we will have to decide cafe on the day depending on the weather.