Milton is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance: 25 miles to Stoke – 35 miles in total for remainder – 29 to Salcey Café.
Xmas meal – Arrive at The Navigation Stoke Bruerne for noon. Remainder continue on to Salcey Café
Return – Own steam from Stoke Bruerne – 1.30pm for remainder.
The Xmas meal to be enjoyed with Milton Keynes CTC (Cycling UK) is upon us a little early this year – 11 months to be ex ………. what’s that? Ah, apparently it’s the other way round and it’s a tad late. Well, whenever.
Whether you are to have a meal or just enjoy a morning out on the bike with the usual coffee and cake, we all meet at the Canoe Centre for a 9.30 depart and head up river through Midsummer Meadow and, passing the new University Bridge as well as the new rusting steel footbridge in Beckett’s Park, we go round the Carlsberg brewery and eventually join the Grand Union canal (Northampton branch) before hitting Banbury Lane.
We stay on that road for about eight miles until heading down to Blakesley. From there it’s Silverstone and then, heading North again, we eventually come to The Navigation at Stoke Bruerne where the diners will leave us for their early, (sorry late) Xmas dinner. It’s 25 miles, with only a small amount of climbing.
At about four miles later, after spinning through Hartwell, the rest of the peloton will stop at the café in Salcey Forest where we are set to enjoy our coffee and cake. Is Giles with us? OK, that’ll be a coffee and full English breakfast with extra sausage as well please.
It’s set to be a gorgeous sunny day. Temperatures in the high 20’s with little breeze and absolutely no hint of precipitation, so shorts and vests all round would seem appropriate.
It’s a nice fairly rural ride with only a couple of climbs early on, and we will be in no rush whatsoever.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.