2019 Black Sheep Big Spoon Bike Ride Report


In 2019 we were again blessed with sunshine….we were lucky!  The day before, and the day after, were miserable wet days – but on Sunday 9th June the sun shone and the skies were blue.  There was a bit of a breeze, but nothing that our hardy riders couldn’t handle.

And Yorkshire in the sunshine is unbeatable!  It was very special to be cycling down quiet, country lanes, verges ablaze with wild flowers, viewing the magnificent, rolling countryside.  Once again, the gated road leading to Bolton Castle was the highlight of the ride for many.

This year we waved off 250 riders from Black Sheep Brewery.  Our first feedstation provided a refreshing cup of Yorkshire tea, and Bettys ‘Cheeky Rascals’ (a centenary version of the famous Fat Rascal).  At the second feedstation, our traditional homemade fruitcake soaked in brandy was on offer along with Wensleydale Cheese and lots of other goodies.

Back at the Brewery, our riders finished off their perfect day with a pint of Black Sheep Beer and a plate of delicious lasagne.

Huge thanks to our sponsors – first and foremost, our main sponsor, Black Sheep Brewery, but also Taylors of Harrogate, Bettys, In-Site Properties, Wensleydale Creamery and Maximuscle.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Thanks also to our fabulous band of beautiful, friendly volunteers who served tea, cut cake, put up signs and took them down again…smiling all the time.  And a special mention to Andy and Paul who clocked up hundreds of miles in the support van, keep our riders on the road.

And, of course, thanks to our riders who helped us raise over £10,000 for Wooden Spoon Charity.  We know you enjoyed your day because, once again, the feedback has been superlative.  Here’s a selection of comments:

Feedback from our 2019 ride

“Probably the best and most enjoyable sportive I’ve done to date.”

“Best organised ride I’ve been on, and some of the best scenery.”

“Just a cracking day out.”

“Refreshments were 10+ and route was PERFECT!”

“Great event, excellent organisation, amazing route and a brilliant cause.”

“Best event I’ve been to 😊

“I would highly recommend this ride to anyone.”

“Please keep running the event.  I’m from the south so I can’t always get here – but I loved it.”

“Everyone super-friendly and supportive.”

“An experience to be shared.  We loved it.”