Ride report – Leisure ride to Castle Ashby – Saturday 22nd November

Milton went on this ride, led by Brian (our Secretary), and writes:

On a warm and wind free day, eight of us set off from the Canoe Centre on the Bedford Road.  It was good to have Giles along for the first time in a couple of years as well as Colin and Nick.  The rain promised to make an appearance all morning but largely stayed away.

We set off through Little Houghton and Cogenhoe and took the low road to Wollaston.  Once through Wollaston, five of the more muscular sort headed off on a seven mile loop which skirted the Irchester suburbs, whilst us three weaklings headed directly to coffee at Castle Ashby via Bozeat and Easton Maudit.

The café at Castle Ashby served a fine selection of cakes, good coffee with tap water automatically supplied to the table (outside in the quadrangle in November !! – hardy types) and gave us, as cyclists, a significant discount!  What’s not to like, as they say across the pond!

The larger group appeared twenty minutes after us having collected Eleanor along the way. There was a lot of talk about phone calls and neighbours popping round at the wrong time but it was clearly a long lie-in that was the reason for her late appearance!

Up to Whiston, up to Cogenhoe and home, on time, along the A45 path.

A fine mild day’s riding on some lovely quiet roads which all nine of us enjoyed.  Thanks to Brian for leading!

Ride report – Club ride to Stevington – Sunday 16th November

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Kathy Freeman rode on Sunday’s ride led by Ian M.  Kathy writes:

Sunday’s ride to Stevington began at the Nene Whitewater Centre on the Bedford Road at 09:30 am.  It was a chilly and misty start to the day, but rain wasn’t forecast ‘til later in the day, so I ‘layered up’ and kept my fingers crossed for a dry ride!

For me it was to be my first ‘long’ ride since the beginning of September (although I had been out on a few shorter Breeze and Goskyride rides through the Autumn), and only my second ride with CTC Northampton, so I was a little apprehensive.  A friendly, smiling welcome from all the seasoned CTC riders as I arrived kept my nerves at bay though!

Seven of us, including Ian Mac who led the ride, set off along the cycle path heading under the A428 along the river towards Cogenhoe…

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Ride Report – Brisk Ride – Saturday 8th November

Phil L led this ride on Saturday morning and writes:

The four of us who “braved” the elements for Saturday’s brisk ride mostly stayed dry – just a sprinkling of rain here and there but we did notice that good old cycling phenomenon – “wind that seems to get stronger and always hits you head on”!  Does it ever swing round to push you home?

Anyway, we rode a nice loop out via Finedon and into Irchester Country Park for a coffee stop then back via Wollaston, Earls Barton and Sywell.

For me personally, it was good to be “pumping” the legs a bit so thanks guys for your support.