Many CTC Northampton members took part in this year’s “Cycle 4 Cynthia” Ride which started and finished at Althorp; most followed the 50-mile route. The entry fee and riders’ sponsorship raises money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton. (It’s a little surprising that entering and sponsoring online isn’t easier.) The hospice is named after the present Earl Spencer’s grand-mother; hence the venue at the Spencer estate. This little report is made up from contributions from David, Philip and Alex. Nick has written an account in his own blog, “Cycling Downhill”.
Nick (“Cycling Downhill” blogger) No 1083
The route had changed from previous years and there was a bit of confusion (pandemonium?) at the start as the organisers – bewilderingly – changed the start line at the last moment. With over a thousand riders, this didn’t help our plans to meet up. Five members started together and about ten others were on the ride. Two CTC couples rode tandems. Eventually riders got away by 9.45 a.m. The rain, which had been threatening all morning, came down at 12.30 p.m. and it started to get cold. This made socialising at the end difficult (everyone went straight home) but we all enjoyed the ride – or, at least, finishing it!
Perhaps the nicest things about the day were the many lovely volunteers and the spectators in the rain giving encouragement to the riders. So ended the Summer of Cycling! Congratulations to everyone who finished quite a tough ride!