We 3 Fat – Sunday Beach Ride – 7th September

After packing our stuff into the cars we headed down to Sandsend, North of Whitby. After a bit of a parking nightmare we assembled at the cafe near to the slipway onto the beach. The meeting time of 10:30 had long passed, and at 11:15 we headed off.  As usual the sight of ten plus fat bikes had heads turning. With low tide at 15:50 the beach playground was quite small so we climbed up onto an old railway line that has been converted into part of the Cleveland Way.

In 5 mintes we were at Sandsend Ness and a landscape that can only be described as ‘lunar’. I’ve never been or ridden anywhere so bizarre. Climb to the top of some of the outer hills and you were faced with a very long drop straight into the sea! I have no idea how long we spent messing about there. It was the kind of place you could easily loose an hour just messing about.

Eventuallywe headed off further found the coast on the Cleveland Way till we got to a blocked off tunnel, a puncture meant we had time to explore. Soon it was fixed and we headed back to Sandsend, the tide was well and truely on it’s way out now and the playground was getting bigger!

Now followed a couple of miles of the usual “fat bike on a beach” loonacy, wheelies, skids, smallest circles, no handed, to name but a few. And a game of fat bike tag for good measure. The other beach users must have wondered what the hell we’d been drinking as we swerved and skidded about all over the sand!

Riding up the slipway onto the busy quayside you could hear pretty much every second person commenting on the big wheels. Fish, chips and mushy peas from the Magpie Fish and Chip shop…. eaten by the sea. Seagulls fighting for scraps… not that much got thrown for them!

Ice cream for afters, then off up the hill to ride around Captain Cooks memorial and a look at the giant whale bone arch. Then back down to the river, across the bridge and  up through the busy cobbled streets of the old town. A fast decent and we were out onto East pier with a photo opportunity at the light house.

Back up into the old town, then a race between Bruce and Andy up the steep cobbled lane that leads to the Abbey, with shouts of “Go on Bradley Wiggins!” from the sightseers on the 191 Abbey steps. Another photo opportunity at the top and we headed back down. I was so tempted to ride back down the steps, but the amount of people walking up meant it wasn’t going to happen.

Over the bridge, along the quayside and down onto the beach…. and a stop at the LandRover ice cream van we’d spotted from Captain Cooks lookout. “99 please”… well it would have been rude not too! Heading back towards Sandsend  Rob finally managed to master riding no handed with a big cheer from everyone and the obligatory action shot!

All too soon we were heading up the Sandsend slipway to the cafe, where the ride had started. A great days riding, and a fantastic end to “We 3 Fat” fat bike gathering! Roll on “Forth Fat” in April 2013 in East Lothian, Scotland.

For Bruce’s film of the weekend click here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqynvq7fs3I&feature=share

Ride – #165     Bike – ’12 Salsa Mukluk

Miles – 16.1    Total 2012 miles – 3718.5


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