Phil Johnson is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: TGI Friday’s, Sixfields, Northampton NN5 4EG
Distance: Steady 45 miles
Refreshment Stop: Old Vicarage café, Naseby
Average Pace: 13mph
Time Expected Back: Around 2.00pm
This Sunday’s ride over to the village of Naseby will require a bit of a head for heights and plenty of mettle for fast descending from all who dare to take part.
It’s quite an undulating ride to say the least. From Sixfields we’re heading up through Church Brampton and on towards Sedgebrook Hall at Chapel Brampton. A short stretch on the Market Harborough road brings us to the dip at Pitsford and into Brixworth village once we’ve hauled ourselves out.
What has been described as ‘one of the fastest descents in Northampton’ by our very own Milton Cadman comes next as we plunge down the back of Brixworth at lightning speed towards another climb at Spratton.
A blistering drop towards Teeton then follows and we’re on our way to Guilsborough and Cold Ashby where we can at last get our heart rates back to some normality. Naseby won’t be far off by then and All Saints church will be visible in the distance.
Our tea stop will be facing it at the Old Vicarage café and with any luck we’ll be in the grand dining room with stunning views out into the Northamptonshire countryside. Tea and cakes will be exquisite.
For the return journey, Haselbech leads us back towards the Cottesbrooke estate with more heartstoppers to enjoy before we enter the village. A brief respite along the gated road and a familiar climb back into Brixworth will have me for one cursing my own route.
Retracing the ride out a little puts us back at Pitsford where we can ride the dip in the opposite direction up Spring Hill! Then, it’s all the same route back to Harlestone but once there we’ll take a diversion from our ride out and head for St Crispin’s and home.
Hope you’re up for the challenge.