John Winn, our treasurer has negotiated with the supplier of the new CyclingUK (CTC) cycling jerseys to add CTC Northampton to some of the standard clothing.
The plan is that any member can go on line and select size,order and pay for any garment. Orders will be collated during a fixed period and then all sent to John Winn for collection from him.
Orders for our initial batch of clothing will close on Monday 1st July 2019.

Following the committee meeting John agreed with Godfrey Sports the supplier, to add a Long Sleeved Jersey, a Gilet, and a short sleeve jersey.
The link for the ordering of Northampton CTC Clothing is below. Images of the kit can be viewed on this page.
The CTC Northampton kit page (select the Group in the box ‘top RHS’ of the web page) is located at: https://godfrey.co.uk/club/ctcnorthampton
Further information regarding club collations please visit collation information page
John has a sample XL sample jersey if people want to have trial fitting or see the jersey.
Contact John on 07748728859. or treasurer@ctc-northampton.org.uk





Ride report – Saturday 22nd June

Peter Bayles led the Moderate ride and writes:

Nine riders joined the ride this week; Eight riders set off from East Hunsbury library for the Brisk and Moderate rides to Stowe, with Rob joining the Brisks on-route near Caldecote.

If any regular riders who abandoned us to wallow in sunnier climes this weekend are reading this, I hope your weather was just as pleasant – it was wonderfully warm and sunny here, near perfect riding weather.  A rare treat so far this year.

We were very pleased to welcome two new riders this week, Tim and John, who both joined the Brisk group.  John was sporting his very impressive e-bike, which was much admired, and it was particularly appreciated that he was kind enough not to embarrass the rest of group too much on the hills.

The groups split from the start. Giles stepped in to lead five riders opting for the Brisk route, setting a good pace from the outset, and leaving the remaining three to enjoy a more leisurely ride through the picturesque winding byways to Stowe Gardens, our refreshment stop.

The two groups arrived at the National Trust cafe at Stowe within a few minutes of each other, which worked out very well.  The usual array of cakes and sandwiches was on offer, and although the gardens were busy, we found no problem getting seated outside, chatting and basking in the sunshine.

On the return leg, the group spread out a little, but everyone got home in good time to enjoy the majority of the afternoon.
Thanks go to all for joining the ride, and for making it an enjoyable day.

Ride to Stowe Gardens – Saturday 22nd June

Peter Bayles is leading this ride and writes:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Hunsbury Hill Library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance:  Brisk 45 mls, Moderate 40 mls
Refreshment stop:  The Nevillery Café at Stowe, 26 mls or 21 mls
Average Pace:   Brisk ~14mph, Moderate ~12mph
Time Expected Back:  Around 2.00pm

The ride this Saturday will be from East Hunsbury to Stowe Gardens, with a refreshment stop at the Nevillery Café there.
Either the Brisk or the Moderate will be self led.  A number of our regular riders appear to be otherwise engaged, either enjoying warmer climes, a wedding (Phil) or feigning pain (Brian), and therefore we will decide the format on the day when we know who’s joining and the availability of Garmins. The good news is that the weather is looking very pleasant, with warmth and sunshine, and no rain forecast for a change.

We will leave East Hunsbury, riding past Milton Malsor, turning right down Gayton Road, past Gayton Marina, and on to Tiffield.  Almost through Tiffield, we hang a right and ride through Caldecot and on to the A5.  Crossing the A5 a few hundred metres North (there is a path along side the busy road), we will ride West through Duncote, Greens Norton, Bradden, Slapton towards Wappenham.
Before Wappenham, the Moderate route turns left to Syresham and then on to Biddlesden, following Welsh Lane into Stowe Gardens to our refreshment stop at the National Trust cafe there.
The Brisk route rides through Wappenham, continuing to Helmdon, through Crowfield, and meets the Moderate route at Syresham.
The return route will be through Chackmore and Whittlebury, crossing the A5 again at Heathencote before riding through Blisworth and back through Milton Malsor.
As always, any new riders would be very welcome.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096

Northampton Town Centre Masterplan Consultation – ends 30 June

Fellow Cyclists,

The Borough Council is consulting on a ‘vision’ for the town centre, which they will use to compete for government Future High Streets funding. This may have some impacts on cycle routes and facilities.

The consultation ends 30 June, and can be found at https://www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptonforward

It would be great if some cyclists were able to respond, to make sure our views are represented.

Some questions regarding cycling impacts:
– generally, no mention of cycling that I can see, so main point is that cycling must be considered and facilities improved by this plan
– Marefair/ Horse Market – raised table etc, shouldn’t just be about pedestrians – what about improving cycle route? (eg cyclist – level traffic lights?) ;
– new openings into Abington St: contraflow cycle lane needed in one of them;
– Greyfriars plans – existing cycle route via Sheep St needs retained and improved; add new route from Mounts into Abington St (see previous point)
– Dychurch Lane / Ridings: maintain and improve existing cycle route;
– GENERAL: need better, safer cycle parking in all main shopping areas, and safer routes to get there.

Thank you,

Philip Gray
Publicity Officer
CTC Northampton.

Ride to Medbourne – Sunday 16th June

James Holden is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance: 52 miles
Refreshment stop: Café Nevill
Pace: Steady
Time Expected Back: Around 2pm

A chance to ride to the wilds of Leicestershire this Sunday morning and then sit in the courtyard of the Café Nevill in Medbourne (www.nevillarms.co.uk) for coffee and cake, hopefully in the sun.

The ride starts in Moulton outside the Co-op at 9.30am
Steady Pace (13+ mph average).
New riders very welcome. (Car Park via road alongside the pub opposite the Co-op.)

Fifty two miles of undulating, quiet roads as we go out through Holcot and then due north via Scaldwell, Thorpe Underwood, Dingley, Slawston and on to Hallaton.
Café Nevill is only a short distance south from here.
We return via Cottingham, Rushton, Rothwell, and Walgrave to Moulton hopefully by 2pm.
Don’t forget the sunscreen, water and snacks.
Look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
More information from Brian 01604 622073 or 07722 055149 or James on 07841 933046

Bike Week Breakfast CANCELLED

Hello Everyone,

I’ve received an e-mail from Phil Ashbourn at CTC MK who organises with the Salcey Forest café for the breakfast / coffee & cake. Phil has taken the decision this evening to cancel Thursday’s event because of the continuing bad weather. He apologises.

I did have a short route planned to Salcey (in addition to the longer one I publicised earlier) in case of poor weather. But, in all fairness, it’s not going to be any real pleasure to ride in this rain (which is forecast to continue until Thursday evening). I’ve been out for a short walk this evening and I’m surprised how wet I became in minutes!

I’ll go to the Canoe Centre to meet anyone who misses this e-mail.

See you all again soon!

Best wishes,


Bike Week “Breakfast” – Thursday 13th June

Bike Week *Morning Coffee* – at Salcey Forest

Ian Macsporran is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:
Canoe Centre (Nene Whitewater Centre), Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance: 14 miles to Salcey Forest Café for coffee & cake with CTC MK
Pace: Steady

The skinny:

We plan to arrive at Salcey around 10.30am where we’ll meet up with the CTC Milton Keynes for coffee and cake.  There are usually a dozen or more cyclists from both Groups.  Return in your own time.  Please invite your cycling friends to join us.

The background:

Riding to the café at Salcey Forest for *breakfast* in Bike Week has been an established CTC tradition. The Northampton Group would meet at 7.30 a.m. at the Canoe Centre where for quite a few years Philip Gray led the ride. More recently, Brian Tunbridge led the group. We would go straight to Salcey where it was arranged that the café would open specially to serve breakfast at 8.00 a.m. The Milton Keynes Group would arrive at the same time. Participants would leave breakfast individually with their own routes to get to work.

With regulars either changing jobs and having longer commutes, or retiring and having no need to rise and shine quite so early, last year the event became a *morning coffee* ride. Same venue and the possibility of some participants riding back together if they wished. That’s the format for this year.

We’ll meet at the Canoe Centre at 9.30 a.m. and go to Salcey via Hardingstone, Milton Malsor, Blisworth, Roade and Ashton.

Return in your own time but, if you would like a group ride back to Moulton or part thereof, a route for before and after is here on RideWithGPS.

Ride to Harrold – Saturday 8th June

Brian is leading this ride and writes:
Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance:  38 / 33 miles
Refreshment stop:  Emmaus Centre
Pace:  Brisk / Moderate

There are usually about 10 riders split between Brisk and Moderate pace groups. The route is extended for the Brisk group so we all end up at the café at the same time. New riders very welcome. Please park in the road leading to the Canoe centre not in the centres private car park if arriving by car.
Choice of two rides at either a Brisk (14mph+ average) 38miles

or Moderate pace (12-13mph ) 33 miles,

Both groups meeting up at the Emmaus Centre Café for coffee and cake. A popular café for cyclists.

Brisk ride leader is Peter Bayles.

More information about the ride from Brian on 01604 622073 or 07722 055149.

Ride report – Sunday 2nd June

Phil Johnson led this ride and writes:
Not a bad start to our Summer of Cycling this one. Plenty of sunshine, particularly on the way out and we pretty much avoided any rain on the way back.
Half a dozen riders joined me for this steady ride to Banbury including Elspeth who was looking to complete a century over the weekend having done a 50 mile ride yesterday.

A tricky start on Banbury lane at the light controlled one way bridge. Both sides seemed to be on red. Elspeth bravely inched up the rise and confirmed the all-clear as we went over the bridge along with the rest of the waiting traffic.
Steadily along Banbury lane we went enjoying some splendid vistas on the peaks in the morning sun and the speed on the way down. Once over the A5 it’s pretty much plain sailing and the 16 miles marker to Banbury soon came into view.

At Sulgrave some way along, you’ve got seven and a half miles to go. Then six. Then eight. All pretty much in the same place. Whichever mileage it really is Thorpe Mandeville was reached in no time at all. On to Chacombe and the cycle paths beyond getting us into the Gateway Retail Park and out the other side. The last mile into Banbury proving easier than usual along the busy thoroughfares and we were soon at the Hillier Garden Centre for tea.

The outside seating area was clear and there’s no need for locking the bikes up at all. The staff were very kind in accommodating our requests for various breakfast meals and provided a jug of iced cold water to refill our bottles. A drop of rain threatened to spoil the party whilst we were resting but nothing materialised. Darryl adjusted his cleats as his knees were knocking or something and we headed out onto Southam (which must be pronounced South am and not Sutham apparently) Road for the return journey.

A gloomier ride back was in prospect. Overcast skies and rain looking likely. Not to mention the constant wind now present.
We ticked off some idyllic villages one by one and headed for Woodford Halse where I decided to throw in the one and only climb of the day. Safely up we cruised along, mainly in a downward direction towards Cold Higham once more.
A turn of direction along Banbury lane ended the ride in a gentile fashion through Gayton and Rothersthorpe. Like the last day of the Tour de France if you will.

Great riding by everyone but special mention to Elspeth who despite her doubts about completing this entire ride hung on and must have ridden around 56 miles on this ride alone totalling well over 100 miles this weekend. Chapeau Elspeth!