Phil Johnson is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: TGI Friday’s, Sixfields, Northampton NN5 4EG
Distance: 45 miles
Refreshment stop: The Old Vicarage Café Naseby
Time Expected Back: before 2pm
Once again I have the privilege of leading the first club ride of the year. It’s a familiar ride to Naseby – scene of the battle of 1645.
A quite undulating ride this one with a fair amount of ascending and fast descents along the way. At least six of them to test your downhill mettle.
From Sixfields we’ll go through Harlestone, the Bramptons and Pitsford. We’ll then haul ourselves up to Spratton, Guilsborough and Cold Ashby. Naseby won’t be far off by then and The Old Vicarage Café opposite All Saints church will play host in fine style. Especially if we end up in the grand dining room again with a dining table as big as a football pitch!
The return journey takes us through the Cottesbrooke estate with the trickiest descent of all before the inevitable climb back up to Brixworth and Pitsford once more. Here, the ride simply retraces the journey out back to Harlestone before a diversion takes us through St Crispin’s and back to the start.
It’s a fair bit of mileage to get you off to a flying start in 2019.
Hope to see you there.