Ride to Harrold – Saturday 12th January

Brian is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Canoe Centre (CC): Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road NN4 7AA
Distance: 37/45 miles
Refreshment stop: Emmaus Centre in Carlton
Pace: Moderate/Brisk
Time Expected Back: 1.15pm

Choice of two rides at either a brisk (14mph+ average) or moderate pace (12-13mph ), both groups meeting up at the Emmaus Centre in Carlton for coffee. Milton will lead the brisk group.

This is not a particularly hilly ride. From the Canoe centre the route is Mears Ashby, Wollaston, Poddington (Castle Ashby, Bozeat for the moderate pace group) then down to Harrold, Carlton and the Emmaus centre.

Return via Olney, Ravenstone, Stoke Goldington, Salcey Forest to CC. Return by 1.15pm latest.

Check out the route on Ride with GPS >

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29078709 Brisk 45m
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29078686 Moderate pace 37m

If arriving by car please do not park in the canoe centre as they may close the gates at any time. There is plenty of space in the road leading to the centre.

More information on 01604 622073 or 07722 055149 on the day.

Hope to see you there

Ride report – Sunday 6th January

PhilJ led this ride and writes:

A double digit turnout for the first ride of the year to Naseby. At least at the Old Vicarage where we were joined by three more of our group and members of Kettering CTC on the next table.

Initially nine riders had set out from Sixfields and headed for Harlestone where Pete was seen running up the hill beyond the Fox and Hounds in classic Chris Froome style. Seemed like a chain had malfunctioned as it took the strain on the sudden rise in the road.

About this time the planned roads started to undulate. We flew past the Station Cottages and then grinded our way back up the Brampton’s. Another dip at Pitsford and onto Brixworth before the fast descent the other side cutting through the Brampton Valley trail at the bottom.

All safely down the long haul to Spratton clearly visible up ahead. The next drop towards Teeton was unfortunately interrupted by horse and rider half way down just as Milton was going into overdrive!

We regrouped and headed for Guilsborough where the church bells were in full swing. Viki was due to join us at the vicarage at 11:15 but she was late and we were fashionably late so all turned out fine.

Once again the grandeur of their dining room played host to our hungry group. A finer location for a tea stop you will not find – and that’s a challenge! The hostesses provided us with teas, coffees, cakes and scones and then just kept asking if we wanted any more. This was a banquet not a tea stop. All for four quid a head.

Fully loaded we headed out with Viki by our side this time. The Cottesbrooke estate lay ahead and THAT downhill. I had touched nearly 40mph just several days ago but it’s trickier in a group and brakes went on but we still reached well over 30 as we came out of it. The gated road towards Brixworth is always a pleasure and worth it even to experience the pain beyond.

We dipped at Pitsford again having retraced the route out and the group then split to make their own way home once we crested the hill.

Six of us headed for Sixfields. Down the Brampton’s this time and not so far up Station Cottages as Viki encountered a puncture half way up. All sorted we made it back to Sixfields a little later than billed but right on average speed.

Special mention to IanM who came out with us on quite a difficult ride and performed superbly. Chapeau!


Ride to Naseby – Sunday 6th January

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
Pace: Steady
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.