Four Reservoirs’ Ride – Sunday 18th November

Phil Letts is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
Distance: 45 miles
Refreshment stop: Daventry Country Park
Pace: moderate pace ride average speed 11-12mph

This will be moderately paced ride taking in Pitsford, Ravensthorpe, Hollowell reservoirs and Guilsborough for coffee stop (18 m). Then on to Daventry Country Park and reservoir before the lunch stop. (33m) before a shortish section (12 m) back to Northampton.

 
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Ride to Crick – Saturday 10th November

Philip Gray is leading this ride and writes:

This Saturday we have two rides to choose from, both heading to the Timeless Tea Rooms, Crick.

The Brisk ride is 39 miles via Guilsborough, Cold Ashby and Stanford to Crick, back via Welton. There are some short climbs at the start and finish, with a flatter middle section.

The Moderate ride is slightly shorter (36 miles) and misses out Stanford, giving a fighting chance of making the Tea Rooms ahead of the Brisk.

You can see and download routes at

Brisk

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26928316

Moderate

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26928337

The current forecast is a dry, mild (11 degrees) day with sunny intervals and moderate breeze from SSE.

We meet at 9.30 am at the Brampton Valley Way, NN6 8AA.

It’s always helpful to know who’s coming, especially if you’re not a regular rider, so let me know if you have time please.

Hope to see some of you there.

Philip

 

 

 

 

Ride report – Sunday 4th November

James Holden led this ride and writes:

 
Given the murky forecast I arrived at Moulton fully expecting no one else to turn up for this weekend’s ride, which was to the Mint & Ginger café at Tur Langton in Leicestershire. It was a surprise, then, to find five other foolhardy individuals waiting ready, willing and able. In view of the drizzly conditions we made a plan to cycle out to Harrington and then reassess our ride options: to carry on to Tur Langton or – if the rain hadn’t eased off – to divert towards the World Peace Café for coffee and a shorter, albeit drier ride.

By the time we arrived at Harrington the conditions were more clement and we opted to continue with the original route, proceeding through Desborough, Stoke Albany, Welham, etc., whilst all the time enjoying some lovely fast stretches of road and some less lovely hills. Unfortunately, it turned out that I’d made a beginner’s error with the weather, since I hadn’t looked at the predicted forecast for Leicestershire, only Northants… If I had then the downpour that began as we hit Cranoe wouldn’t have come as such an unwelcome surprise. Cold and drenched we eventually arrived at our destination and the welcome sight of coffee, cake and a working radiator. I think this was probably the first time we’d used the Mint & Ginger – it was my first visit – and everything was excellent. It’s also clearly popular with cyclists: another club from Leicestershire turned up after us and took up the remaining seats.

Our journey back was a mixture of landscapes: pretty villages, rolling fields and the desolate expanse of HMP Gartree. We cycled through Lubenham, up the twisty climb at East Farndon and then on to Great Oxendon, where after crossing the Harborough road we linked up with our outward route again and – once the hill at Harrington was out of the way – soon arrived back at Moulton: damp, cold and tired but having enjoyed the ride, nonetheless. Thanks to Phil J, Vicky, Hartley, Brian and John for turning up – hopefully we can do the route again next summer!

 

Ride to Tur Langton – Sunday 4th November

James H is leading this ride and writes:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.

Meeting point:  Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB

Distance:  56 miles

Refreshment stop:  Mint & Ginger

Pace:  Steady average speed 13mph

 
This Sunday’s steady ride is a gentle 56 miler taking us to Tur Langton in Leicestershire where we’ll stop for a coffee and cake at the Mint & Ginger. We’ll head out from Moulton in the direction of Harrington and then skirt Desborough as we ride on to Stoke Albany – familiar to anyone who’s cycled out to Cafe Ventoux with CTC. Undulating roads will then take us on through Weston by Welland, Welham, Cranoe and finally Tur Langton.

The route back will take us through two of the other Langtons – Church and Thorpe, respectively – giving us the chance to tick off two more obscure Leicestershire hamlets from our checklist of places we never knew existed and won’t visit again.  We’ll then find ourselves on more familiar territory as we cycle through Great Bowden, Lubenham and East Farndon. It’s then Great Oxendon, Arthingworth and HarrIngton where we’ll join up with our outward route once more as we head back to Moulton.

Sunday’s forecast is for light cloud and a gentle breeze – no prospect of rain, fortunately. The route itself is as flat as a pancake, albeit a pancake with a few lumps in it. Still, this is balanced out by some nice straight sections and flowing descents where we’ll all enjoy the benefits of the tailwind that will track us throughout, no doubt.