Ride to Preston Capes – Saturday 21st April

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:  33 mls (Brisk) or 31 mls (Moderate)
Refreshment stop:  Old Dairy Café, Upper Stowe
Pace:  Brisk or Moderate
Time Expected Back:  Around 1.00pm
  • We have two shortish rides on Saturday starting at 9.30am from East Hunsbury Library.
    Unlike the hollow promises oft given by Milton, this weekend really does look like balmy weather, hopefully offering the opportunity of dispensing with the thermals and donning suntan lotion for the first time this year.  So plenty of white legs will be on show.
    The Brisk Ride is 33 miles at a pace of around 15 mph, with the Moderate Ride probably being a self led group, 31 miles, depending on the riders turning up, and will be around 11 to 12 mph. Cake stop is around 24 miles at the Old Dairy Cafe at Upper Stowe.
    We will leave East Hunsbury, riding generally West, through Milton Malsor and Gayton, then negotiate the climbs into Patishall, where we cross the A5.
    From there we will follow Banbury Lane, past Cold Higham and Foxley, turning North to avoid roadworks, and on to Maidford.  The Moderate group can continue riding directly to Preston Capes, whereas the brisk group will ride through Adstone and on to Canons Ashby.  Hopefully at this point the Brisk group will resist the allure of the Canons Ashby NT cafe, instead turning North again and on to Preston Capes.
    Both groups will then ride towards Falsley before turning Eastwards through Everdon. Again, roadworks are to blame for another route change to the original published plan, but, fortunately, the long hill climb just after Evendon remains accessible for our enjoyment.
    After the climb it’s only 3 miles of plain sailing, down to our planned cafe stop at Upper Stowe, where we can relax, hopefully outside, scoffing cake and guzzling coffee.
    The ride back is a comfortable 9 miles, passing through Nether Heyford, Bugbrooke, Kislingbury and Rothersthorpe, before returning to our starting point at East Hunsbury.
    Thanks go to Justin, who couldn’t resist having a pre-ride and hence found the roadworks before we did.
    It’s a relatively short ride in, hopefully, good weather, so barring unforeseen punctures, we should return home by 1.00pm, possibly earlier.
    We look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join the ride.  For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles.
    Brisk Ride Route:
    Moderate Ride route:



    Posted by: Peter Bayles <fatgadgi@yahoo.com>

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