Milton is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance: 55 miles
Refreshment Stop: Café Ventoux, Tugby, Leics
Average Pace: 12 – 14mph
Time Expected Back: 2-3 pm approx
Café Ventoux has had a chequered past year or so. A cycling café that shut on Sundays and then, after a predictably furious reaction from cyclists, shut on Saturdays too! This didn’t endear it to our community and we haven’t visited much in recent times. It is now under new ownership and open seven days a week and I thought we’d celebrate with a visit as it is a splendid place dedicated to cycling. A recce a couple of weeks ago confirmed that it was worth the effort.
It’s a pleasant route, and only a little challenging with just under 3,000 feet of climbing, but within the reach of nearly all of us. We get to Café Ventoux by taking a north easterly route which skirts the Western edges of Desborough and we return via the very Eastern tip of Market Harborough. Going up we take the same route to Harrington that we will enjoy from Harrington on the return. We then swing east and head north via Stoke Albany, Ashley, Medbourne and Hallaton before reaching our destination at Tugby. The return to Harrington is a very rural route passing Goadby and Welham before touching Market Harborough and then Braybrooke. From Harrington, we continue back to Moulton, at the finish, via Walgrave and Holcot.
The Outward and Homeward legs are each just under 30 miles, so something to drink and a bite to eat wouldn’t go amiss.
The forecast is surprisingly fabulous for the time of year with highs of 28C predicted by the forecaster I always use called wepredictwhateverweatheryouwantforasmallfee.couk
It should be a really attractive day out — it’ll be good to see you