PhilJ went on this ride and writes:
What must have been the coldest day of the year so far also seemed to have been the sunniest for the handful of brave souls who ventured out this morning on our annual get together with MK CTC at Stoke Bruerne.
Freezing temperatures called for cautious riding through the first five miles of the ride, all on cycle paths and all pretty much covered in frost. It wasn’t a day for heroics. Leaving the Grand Union canal onto Banbury lane finally gave us chance to increase our speed with confidence and generate that much needed warmth.
Fortunately the lane was clear of the level of frost from earlier in the ride but we weren’t out of the woods yet.
Over the A5 and onwards towards Blakesley we were constantly riding over country roads not yet exposed to the suns rays. The pace was slow, but safe. A female rider walking down the hill as we were leaving the village explained that she had just come off and we took note.
Silverstone had its fair share of ice on its roads but it took no casualties and we headed to Whittlebury for an impromptu tea stop at the Whittlebury Bakery café. The remaining few miles into Stoke Bruerne were thankfully frost free and Milton delivered us on time before continuing on to Salcey Forest with two other riders staying on his wheel.
A contingent of around 25 were present at the Navigation. Around a third representing Northampton CTC. One of the MK riders it was mentioned had been unfortunate to take a fall during their ride over.
The service at the Navigation Inn was excellent for our larger than usual cycling group and despite a mention of their one star hygiene rating the food was just as good as the service. Pints sunk and good conversation, made it an enjoyable occasion and a chance to relax for a while with our MK counterparts.
Pete Bayles and I then made the ride back to Hunsbury at sedate pace.
The entire ride coming in at only around 12.5mph average.
Thanks to Milton for leading the ride and good to see Gavin out again on his second ride with our club.