• Mike

Into the wind…

One of my objectives for coming to the Dales was to do some cycling and in particular to do the famous Buttertubs pass between Wensleydale and Swaledale. I have done it before but wanted to maintain some fitness and test myself with the climb.

It has been a well known climb for northern based cyclists for years but was really put onto the map by being included in the 2014 Tour de France stage set in Yorkshire.

I cycled to Hawes for the start of the climb but the wind was coming at me all the way up the Dale and would have been a direct headwind up the pass. It was too much for me and disappointed I turned around and came back to Leyburn. I looked up the wind speed and was suprised to find that it was up to 45kph. No wonder I was struggling!

There aren’t many cycle rides that I don’t enjoy but this one was close. I guess that in itself makes it different and memorable. All part of the great adventure.

A bbq and a bottle of red was a good way to get over any disappointment!

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