Ride to Earls Barton – Saturday 27th April

Tim Howell is leading this ride and writes:
Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance:  36 miles for the Moderate ride, 42 miles for the Brisk ride
Refreshment stop:  Boathouse Café, White Mills Marina
Pace:  Moderate (11 – 12 mph), Brisk (14+ mph)
Time expected back:  1.30 p.m.

We have a pair of rides with a shared tea stop this Saturday (27th April).

Both rides head out from East Hunsbury towards Salcey Forest on the Quinton Road.  The Moderate group turn left at Salcey cross-roads taking a familiar route via Stoke Goldington, Olney & Yardley Hastings then on to Grendon where the hill is descended (for once) en-route to our tea stop at the Boathouse café at White Mills Marina. Meanwhile the Brisk group have an extra six miles to cover as they loop through Hartwell, Pindon End & Hanslope before re-joining the Moderate group’s route on the road to Olney where they will need to work hard if they are to overhaul the Moderate group and bag the best seats at the cafe.

Both groups head home via Chadstone, Denton & Horton. However while the Moderates take a cunning (and less steep) deviation past Castle Ashby ponds the Brisk group head straight up Whiston Hill, atop which the two routes meet.
I’m afraid to say that Milton appears to have depleted the sunshine meter on his Easter Monday ride to Tugby, so we may have to deal with an April shower or two.

The proposed routes can be viewed (and downloaded as gpx files) from the CTC Northampton account on RideWithGPS:

Tim will be leading the Moderate ride, but the Brisk ride will be self led (so please ensure you download the route to your bike computer if you are planning on attending the Brisk ride).

Any questions please contact Tim on 07749 477231.

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