Guy Barber Memorial Charity Ride – Sunday 21st July

CTC Northampton Annual Guy Barber Memorial Charity Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.  Sunday 21st July 2019

Guy Barber was a member of CTC Northampton and frequently did charity events using either a butcher’s bike or an Ordinary (penny farthing).  Using his road bike, he had two favourite rides from Northampton; one to Cambridge and one to Oxford.  On one occasion he rode both routes on the same day! 


In Guy’s memory, the club has ridden one of these routes each year for the past few years and donated money to charity. This year we are riding to Cambridge via St Neots.
A donation of £5 on registration is requested for us to donate to the British Heart Foundation.


To enable everyone to lunch together in Cambridge we have two start points:


The longer ride (110mls) starts at the Nene Whitewater Centre (Canoe Centre), Bedford Road, NN4 7AA, with registration at 7.45.  We will leave at 8.00, arriving at St Neots before 10.30am to join those starting at St Neots, and allowing a rest and a café stop at the Market Café in the Market Square.


The shorter ride (44mls) will start from the Market Square in St Neots (PE19 2AA), with registration at 10.45am..  The two groups will leave together at 11.00.
Lunch in Cambridge is at Tatties Café (11 Hobson St, Cambridge, CB1 1PA) and we expect to arrive there around 12.45.


On the return leg, those riders taking the longer route have the opportunity to stop again at St Neots for coffee if desired. Depending on timing, a coffee stop is also possible between St Neots and Northampton, perhaps at Thurleigh if early enough.  Of course, if all else fails, there are a number of friendly looking pubs along the way that could provide refreshment.


Most of the route is on fairly quiet country roads, with cycle paths around Cambridge. The route is fairly flat between St Neots and Cambridge, with only a few moderate hills to enjoy between Northampton and St Neots.


See the routes on the RidewithGPS links below:




Timing is difficult to judge, as it depends on the riders joining us, but the groups are likely to arrive back to St Neots at 3.30pm, and Northampton at around 6.30pm.


Parking at Northampton is easily possible on the road leading to the Canoe Centre, but not in the Car Park, as this is now restricted.


Parking at St Neots is possible in the Market Square but, if preferred, the Riverside Car Park (The Paddock, PE19 7SA) is just to the west, and over the river, from the Market Square and has ample parking.  Both are free on Sundays.


Carrying water and energy snacks is vital, especially on the longer route.  The weather forecast at the moment is suggesting a hot, dry day (like last year), making hydration even more important, so please ensure that you carry plenty.

Also, please ensure that your bike is in good order and free from known issues from the start, and that basic puncture repairs can be dealt with en-route.

We look forward to welcoming anyone who wishes to join.

For more details please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096



Ride to Oxendon – Saturday 13th July

James Holden is leading this ride and writes:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance:  35 mls
Refreshment stop:  Canvas Café, Oxendon
Average Pace:   Steady 13mph average
Time Expected Back:  Around 1.30pm


Dear All,


Below is ride brief for Saturday. I’ve not done a separate route for slower riders – mainly because there aren’t any shortcuts they can take to get to the café. I figure we’ll cycle as one group with someone just keeping with the steady bunch. Obviously if I’m the only one who turns up then this was won’t be an issue 🙂

Saturday’s ride sees us visiting a new coffee stop – The Canvas Café out at Great Oxendon. I’ve visited it a few times over the last couple months with ‘Conker’ Barringham and they’ve yet to bar us. There’s a wide range of food/drink and they’re very welcoming to cyclists – happily offering to top up water bottles and so on.

The route itself is perfect for what’s expected to be a typically warmish summer’s day. We leave from Moulton, cross the causeway at Pitsford and pedal on through Brixworth, Cottesbrooke, Haselbech until we reach Clipston where we divert off to the Harborough Road and then coffee. The journey back isn’t especially demanding, either – Harrington, Old and Walgrave, undulating rather than hilly – so it should all be very pleasant and relaxing.

The route works out at around 34/35 miles. The forecast is good and we’ll be back early afternoon.

See you Sat.

For any further questions, please feel free to contact James on 07841 933046

Ride to Woodford Halse – Sunday 7th July

Milton is leading this ride and writes:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance:  43 miles
Refreshment stop:  Harley Equestrian Centre in Woodford Halse
Average Pace:   Steady (13mph average)
Time Expected Back:  About 1.30/2.00pm at Barbecue Centre

These 43 miles should see us reach Peter’s gaff in plenty of time to eat and drink him out of house and home.

Starting at the Canoe Centre we climb up through Great Houghton to Quinton from where we head to Hartwell, Roade, Blisworth and  Gayton before we find ourselves, finally  –  I know, it is a bit of a squiggly way  –  on Banbury Lane heading through Pattishall and eventually, after many beautiful rural lanes, enjoying cake and coffee at The Equestrian Centre in Woodford Halse.

It’s about 28 miles from the start to coffee, so you might feel it advisable to have something to nibble on the way. Cakes and coffee are a tad expensive but fine quality and worth your shilling. We may not want to consume too much here lest Peter takes that as his cue to reduce quantities back at the BBQ!

It’s a nice trip back via Maidford and Farthingstone to Bugbrooke from where we take the obvious route through Rothersthorpe until arriving at BBQ Centre Hunsbury.

Any riders who are not stopping for the barbecue will be accompanied back to the start point at the Canoe Centre if needed.

As you would expect I have arranged for the route to be entirely flat. No ascending at all, although there’s about 2,000 feet of descent just for our pleasure.

Ride report – Sunday 30th June

PhilJ went on this ride and writes:
A change to the usual weekend ride found CTC Northampton on tour in Norfolk. A circular ride from Wisbech to Hunstanton through vast expanses of flatlands was the reward for anyone who joined us on this annual ride. Six riders were led out of Wisbech by Philip Gray including two riders who had cycled over the night before.
A total of around 77 miles would get us back to Wisbech having sampled fish and chips on Hunstanton beach first. Three refreshment stops, a visit to the Sandringham estate and photo opportunities galore all part of this seaside spin on a much cooler day than the one before.
The Walton and Walpole highways got us on our way but very soon we were in lovely villages like Tilney All Saints and heading for Kings Lynn. The Unique Tea Room & Gardens at Castle Rising was a perfect location for our first refreshment stop. Tea and cakes in the front garden of the farmhouse was followed by a short diversion to the medieval ruins of the 1138 castle for a brief look at the grounds.
Further along the Sandringham estate was busy with day-trippers. Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and we were privileged to be allowed through.
Snettisham followed and we dropped down to the coast where Ian T. took several photos of the caravan park at Heacham where his parents had owned a caravan and often stayed. A nostalgic trip for him no doubt. This brought us up to the sea wall where more photo opportunities beckoned with a sea view backdrop.
Hunstanton was now in view and before long we were all eating those fish and chips on the grass at the top of the hill overlooking The Wash.
Regrettably after a while we had to move on and continue with much of the ride still to do. Another stretch through the Sandringham estate left us with a good third of the ride still to do and the wind was now noticeably stronger than on the way out, aided by the open terrain. A third stop was a good idea and we pulled in at a pub that Philip had used before and relaxed for a while.
The final leg was possibly the hardest of a very flat route. The wind continuing to slow us down and take our energy through lots of exposed countryside. But finally we made it back to Wisbech.
This is probably an easier ride than most of our weekend rides around Northamptonshire. There’s no real hills to speak of and plenty of easy riding over the flatlands of Norfolk. The average speed was a little short of 13.5mph. What’s not to like!
Thanks to Philip for organising the ride and the riders who took part.




John Winn, our treasurer has negotiated with the supplier of the new CyclingUK (CTC) cycling jerseys to add CTC Northampton to some of the standard clothing.
The plan is that any member can go on line and select size,order and pay for any garment. Orders will be collated during a fixed period and then all sent to John Winn for collection from him.
Orders for our initial batch of clothing will close on Monday 1st July 2019.

Following the committee meeting John agreed with Godfrey Sports the supplier, to add a Long Sleeved Jersey, a Gilet, and a short sleeve jersey.
The link for the ordering of Northampton CTC Clothing is below. Images of the kit can be viewed on this page.
The CTC Northampton kit page (select the Group in the box ‘top RHS’ of the web page) is located at:
Further information regarding club collations please visit collation information page
John has a sample XL sample jersey if people want to have trial fitting or see the jersey.
Contact John on 07748728859. or




Ride report – Saturday 22nd June

Peter Bayles led the Moderate ride and writes:

Nine riders joined the ride this week; Eight riders set off from East Hunsbury library for the Brisk and Moderate rides to Stowe, with Rob joining the Brisks on-route near Caldecote.

If any regular riders who abandoned us to wallow in sunnier climes this weekend are reading this, I hope your weather was just as pleasant – it was wonderfully warm and sunny here, near perfect riding weather.  A rare treat so far this year.

We were very pleased to welcome two new riders this week, Tim and John, who both joined the Brisk group.  John was sporting his very impressive e-bike, which was much admired, and it was particularly appreciated that he was kind enough not to embarrass the rest of group too much on the hills.

The groups split from the start. Giles stepped in to lead five riders opting for the Brisk route, setting a good pace from the outset, and leaving the remaining three to enjoy a more leisurely ride through the picturesque winding byways to Stowe Gardens, our refreshment stop.

The two groups arrived at the National Trust cafe at Stowe within a few minutes of each other, which worked out very well.  The usual array of cakes and sandwiches was on offer, and although the gardens were busy, we found no problem getting seated outside, chatting and basking in the sunshine.

On the return leg, the group spread out a little, but everyone got home in good time to enjoy the majority of the afternoon.
Thanks go to all for joining the ride, and for making it an enjoyable day.

Ride to Stowe Gardens – Saturday 22nd June

Peter Bayles is leading this ride and writes:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Hunsbury Hill Library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance:  Brisk 45 mls, Moderate 40 mls
Refreshment stop:  The Nevillery Café at Stowe, 26 mls or 21 mls
Average Pace:   Brisk ~14mph, Moderate ~12mph
Time Expected Back:  Around 2.00pm

The ride this Saturday will be from East Hunsbury to Stowe Gardens, with a refreshment stop at the Nevillery Café there.
Either the Brisk or the Moderate will be self led.  A number of our regular riders appear to be otherwise engaged, either enjoying warmer climes, a wedding (Phil) or feigning pain (Brian), and therefore we will decide the format on the day when we know who’s joining and the availability of Garmins. The good news is that the weather is looking very pleasant, with warmth and sunshine, and no rain forecast for a change.

We will leave East Hunsbury, riding past Milton Malsor, turning right down Gayton Road, past Gayton Marina, and on to Tiffield.  Almost through Tiffield, we hang a right and ride through Caldecot and on to the A5.  Crossing the A5 a few hundred metres North (there is a path along side the busy road), we will ride West through Duncote, Greens Norton, Bradden, Slapton towards Wappenham.
Before Wappenham, the Moderate route turns left to Syresham and then on to Biddlesden, following Welsh Lane into Stowe Gardens to our refreshment stop at the National Trust cafe there.
The Brisk route rides through Wappenham, continuing to Helmdon, through Crowfield, and meets the Moderate route at Syresham.
The return route will be through Chackmore and Whittlebury, crossing the A5 again at Heathencote before riding through Blisworth and back through Milton Malsor.
As always, any new riders would be very welcome.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096