Milton is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance: 30/34 miles
Refreshment stop: Whilton Marina, Whilton locks
Time Expected Back: Around 1pm
It’s a simple ride this Saturday and not at all challenging and should serve as a reminder of the pleasures of riding our bikes without rushing.
We travel along the river from the Canoe Centre, heading past the two new bridges, and out to the west of the town and then we go for a short while on the path of the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal (tarmac all the way) before reaching our first proper road, namely Banbury Lane. We’ll still be in one peloton by this time, but now the ‘Brisks’ will set off to hurry towards Bugbrooke in the west by climbing the hill up to Gayton in the east. They’ll soon descend back onto the main route, but they will have done an extra four miles by the time they do.
From Bugbrooke, it’s a direct route through Nether Heyford and then Flore before the lovely gated road through Brockhall that will lead us to our coffee stop at the café in Whilton Locks. Well led, the ‘Brisks’ could expect to arrive at the stop at about the same time as the ‘Moderates’. Led by me, as they will be, they can expect to arrive about fifteen minutes later than the moderates. Ah well …. lions led by donkeys and all that.
It’s only about 10 miles back to the Canoe Centre via a lovely road to The Bringtons and then Upton, returning back along the Nene for the last two or three miles.
The sun will be shining (as it does) with temperatures expected in the range of 25-30 Celsius, so shorts and sun lotion will be the order of the day. It’ll be good to see you all.
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/29461806 moderate led by Brian
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/29461872 brisk led by Milton