Paul and Greg joined me on what was my 18th participation in this ride, organised as a fundraising event for the local Scout group. My reports since 2007 can be found here.
This 'Covid' year there was no mass start. You could arrive, register, and collect your number at the cricket pavilion in Sowerby Bridge between 7:45 and 9:00, and you were deemed to have started from the pavilion ten minutes after collecting your number. The system worked well, and social distancing was achieved as effectively as could be expected. I think everyone was glad to be back after last year's event was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Despite having to come through fog on the M62, the weather for this year's ride was superb - sunny and not too hot, with fairly dry undertyre conditions. Minimal cleaning of bike was needed afterwards.
The three of us paused in Dean Lane for a couple of photos near the spot from where the usual mass start sets off.