Giles led this ride and writes:
Unseasonally good weather greeted the 11 riders who met at Moulton Co-op on Saturday for the trip to Woodford Marina. Two groups formed, six in the brisk and five in the moderates On the outward journey through Holcot, Hannington, Orlingbury, Isham, Burton Latimer, Cranford, Slipton and Great Addington, the briskers route took on a few extra miles but criss-crossed the moderate`s route and both groups briefly came together on a couple of occasions before finally meeting up at the Water Mill Tearooms. Despite arriving at the same time as a number of other cycling groups we managed to grab two tables outside in the sunshine for coffee and cake.
The groups rode together for the start of the return journey and some wayward route planning soon resulted in our own unintentional taster of last week`s Paris-Roubaix as we gravel tracked it through the countryside for a mile or two between Little Addington and the A510- Thrapston Road where we re-joined the recognised road network. The brisk group pushed on through the back roads of Finedon, then on to Great Harrowden, Mears Ashby, Sywell, Overstone and back to Moulton with the moderates arriving shortly afterwards.
The weather stayed fine throughout and there were no technical issues despite the off-road section.
PhilL is leading this write and writes:
Start Time: 9.30am
Meeting Point: Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Pace: Steady-off road
Cafe Stop: One4Six cafe, Willen
Estimated time back: Around 1pm
The ride planned for Sunday 17th is a mix of off and on road with a fair bit of gravel path and fairly lumpy red-ways along the MK canal. So a gravel or MTB bike required.
The route takes us along roads from EH through to Salcey then Long Street, Hanslope and Castlethorpe before turning off onto a recognised gravelled cycle path into Cosgrove C.PK. From there we follow the river and Grand Union canal via Red-ways to Willen for our coffee stop at One 4Six cafe after 19miles.
Our return follows the Red-ways out from Willen but then we cross the eastern end of the C.Pk park to Haversham regaining the tarmac for the return via Hanslope, Long Street, Salcey and EH making a total of 38m.
GPS of route as below.
Willen mixed on/off road
Giles is leading this ride and writes:
Start Time: 9.30am
Meeting Point: Moulton Co-Op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance: Brisk: 39mls, Moderate: 36mls
Pace: Brisk 14 mph plus, Moderate ~12 mph
Cafe Stop: Water Mill Tea Rooms
Estimated time back: Around 1.30pm
This Saturday’s Brisk and Moderate rides take us to the Watermill Tea Rooms in the Willy Watt Marina, Woodford, near Ringstead.
Weather is looking good at the moment, so I look forward to seeing you at the Co-Op in Moulton, meeting at 9.30am as usual, and we should be back before 1.30pm.
Please follow this link to book a place on Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA5AE23A3FDC61-group
Links to RWGPS:
Brisk Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37657747
Moderate Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37657709
PhilJ went on this ride and writes:
Winds, what winds? I didn’t see anything on the forecast for today. We obviously dodged the weather from yesterday and a reasonable day’s riding was in store.
A keen group of riders joined me at the start including Ken from Lancashire, returning rider Alan and new boy Chris Brown who advised me that Eloise would be riding with us but also mentioned that she would be fashionably late. Chris gallantly waited for her arrival whilst we set off towards the Brampton’s for the first climb of the day.
Once we crested it, BrianT and PhilL decided to ride on at their own pace but we gained Viki and Hartley just before the dip at Pitsford and proceeded to climb another rise together. The drop at the other side of Brixworth over the Spratton crossing is a blindingly fast descent with the payback being the long haul up to Spratton. Pete did say something like ‘you’ve only got yourself to blame’ as I joined the group at the summit. A brief respite at the Welford Road crossing followed before another rapid drop in altitude took us towards Teeton then Guilsborough.
That was about it for the hard climbing until we finally reached Naseby in glorious sunshine. Strangely, two bikes were already parked up. BrianT and PhilL being the owners. They’d seemingly taken the reverse route in from Pitsford and arrived ahead of our group. Geoff from the Kettering group had also arrived giving us around ten at the Vicarage.
Without ordering anything, tea, coffee and cakes were delivered to our outside tables, with more to come later on. Fabulous service from the lady who was running it today. Sadly no sign of Chris and Eloise who it transpired had got to Spratton and stopped for coffee before returning home.
As we left the Vicarage the clock at the church chimed 12 and the wind picked up. All the way home in fact. Another two climbs followed at Cottesbrooke and Brixworth. Not before we parted company with BrianT and PhilL again. Viki and Hartley said their goodbyes soon after, leaving four of us upping the pace back towards the Brampton’s where the wind was now making riding difficult. Three of us arrived back at Sixfields after a decent days riding and a lovely cafe stop at the Old Vicarage.
Great riding from everyone on a quite hilly and windy ride out today.