Following the balmy, if not almost sultry temperatures enjoyed by record numbers on the Shoreham ride, the FNRttC heads north to York for the first time since 2014, for an unusual, fairly flat 70 mile ride on Friday 23rd June, which goes below sea level, but also lets you soar over the River Humber.
The start point is by the steps on the western side of York Minster, setting off at midnight. The ride navigates its way through the historic city centre, avoiding Viking ghosts and drunken students alike, before emerging into the darkness of the Vale of York, zig-zagging past numerous picturesque villages and hamlets with names ending in Thorpe, before we cross the River Ouse and then gaze up to the river above as we follow it eastwards for a while before stopping at the village hall in Garthorpe for refreshment.
Setting off again, blinking at the brightening sky covering the flat vista around us, it almost seems as though we're in the cycling nirvana of the Netherlands, as we're surrounded by a network of waterways, with the dyke wall of the River Trent towering above us.
All too soon the illusion is shattered as we go past long silent towering structures of the area's industrial past, before crossing the River Trent to skirt the site of infamous Flixborough disaster before heading towards the River Humber to then enjoy the more than mile long ride over the bridge and stunning views before riding through the open streets of the City of Culture known as Hull, arriving for breakfast around 8 am.