Brian Tunbridge went on this ride and writes:
The skies were distinctly overcast as six riders met at EH for James’ challenging 60 miler. With Garmin in charge we set off in a general south westerly direction into a stiff breeze.
After crossing the A5 at Pattishall we turned south onto quiet lanes to Blakesley and then the southernmost point Helmdon before turning north to Sulgrave. A quick visit to the village shop was chosen instead of a coffee stop at the Manor, followed by a short section on an agricultural single track.
We stopped at the end to check that Ken, our visitor from Lancashire on his 20inch wheel folding bike, had not been swallowed up in the potholes. After this we made good time to Woodford Halse at 30m for the coffee stop. We refuelled on beans on toast etc.
Two riders had Father’s day commitments and planned to take the direct route home whilst it then dawned on the remaining four that we were only half way and still had 30m to go. We noted the wry smile from our leader James.
A brief light shower at the Equestrian centre spurred us on our way and we did a pleasant loop back to Northampton through Priors Marston (the hill!) and then via undulating quiet roads with a tail wind most of the way.
The weather was actually very comfortable for cycling.
Many thanks to James for planning a really good route on what were exceptionally quiet roads through some lovely open countryside.
(PS Ken had converted a Raleigh Chopper into a serious racing TT bike so keeping up with us on a folding bike was not a problem for him. Not to be recommended for the average cyclist though.)