Ride Report – Saturday 23rd August

Brian, our Secretary, went on this ride led by Philip G.  Brian writes (with photos by Philip G):

This was a brisk morning ride through the hilly area around Creaton, Cottesbrooke and Naseby and then up to Marston Trussell.  This route confirmed the original ride description that “there are several ‘medium difficulty’ hills – nothing too vicious but they may mount up.”  Digital maps and GPS reveal all and on the 36-mile route only 20% of the route (7 miles) was on the level and the hills added up to 2500ft of ascent.

At Haselbech

At Haselbech

Nevertheless, Philip led the pace – fresh from his L’Etape du Tour in the Pyrenees – with the four remaining riders hanging on in what seemed a continuous head wind – even on the way back!  We had plenty of sun but the temperature was distinctly autumnal.  We nearly entered the A14 by mistake – oops! – but a hasty retreat up the slip road and we were back on quiet country lanes with little traffic.

Returning via Sibertoft, and a final challenging hill up to Guilsborough, we were soon in the Café Monde at the Stables in Church Brampton enjoying well-earned coffee and cake.

Outside the coffee stop

Outside the coffee stop

A really good morning ride.  Many thanks to Philip.

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4 thoughts on “Ride Report – Saturday 23rd August

  1. Philip himself adds:

    Thanks to Brian for this report and to everyone who came on the ride.

    We also met a group of riders cycling back to Nottingham – from Paris! They were on the last leg of a 5-day trip raising funds for cancer research. We rode through Cottesbrooke with them before our routes diverged.

    I’m glad to say that Dave made it home OK after we somehow lost him around this point.

  2. Iain D points out that:

    Cycling on the A14 is legal, excepting the current temporary restriction between junctions 7 and 9.

    At least two committee members have been known to make use of parts of the A14 when in a hurry, especially at night or on a Sunday morning.

    Why do I now have the urge to plot a ride to a MWSA? [MotorWay Services Area]

  3. I can thoroughly recommend Thurrock Services on the M25 between Junctions 30 and 31 for refreshments for cyclists. Now all you have to do, Iain, is to plot a ride to Purfleet in Essex.

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