CTC North Yorkshire Awards Lunch 8th February 2020

Forty people attended a lunch at the Novotel in York, including visitors from Calderdale CTC, Baildon and Cumbria. The Novotel was a new venue, after several years at the Hilton. They treated us very well, and the food was lovely. The room was set out nicely and the facilities for our speaker were very professional.

We had a very interesting presentation from our guest speaker, Rob Ainsley, who gave a talk entitled Reasons to Ride. He gave a very amusing account of several of his rides, including various end to end rides in several countries and rides between places which rhyme, such as Mull to Hull! He also included some slides of amusing road signs. I am sure that he may have inspired some of the members present to develop their own ideas for future rides.

The awards were presented, as usual, by our president, Michael Haseltine. These included six medals for first time qualifiers, and year bars for another ten. Qualification is completing 3 or more Audax or standard rides. A number of other riders were awarded certificates for completing one or two rides.

The Peter Rowntree Trophy is awarded to the North Yorkshire member that completes the highest number of qualifying rides. This year would have resulted in four members sharing the trophy. However, our Events Secretary, Andrew Richardson, had obtained the committee’s agreement earlier in the year that a tie should be broken by calculating the total distance ridden on qualifying rides. As a result, Andrew won the trophy himself by a margin of just two kilometres, from Keith Benton, with Ann Benton and first year rider Brian Davis also completing the same number of rides.

Overall, we had a very enjoyable afternoon, and a provisional booking will be made soon for next year’s event.