PeteB is leading this ride and writes:
CTC Northampton Annual Guy Barber Memorial Charity Ride to Cambridge in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Sunday 24th July 2022
Guy Barber was a member of CTC Northampton and did charity events using either a butcher’s bike or an Ordinary (penny farthing). Using his road bike, he had two favourite rides from Northampton; one to Cambridge and one to Oxford. On one occasion he rode both routes on the same day!
In Guy’s memory, the club has ridden one of these routes each year for the past few years and donated money to charity. This year we are (only) riding to Cambridge via St Neots, which we last did in 2019. There will also be the option of riding a shorter distance, starting from St Neots, which is 48 miles return.
A donation of £5 on registration is requested for us to donate to the British Heart Foundation.
For planning purposes we would be grateful if our regular Northampton CTC riders would register on Signup as we usually do. Other riders, whether CTC Members or not, are also very welcome, and I would request that you email me directly to pre-register.
To enable everyone to lunch together in Cambridge we have two start points, starting at different times.
The longer ride (110mls) starts at the Nene Whitewater Centre (Canoe Centre), Bedford Road, NN4 7AA, with registration at 7.45. We will leave at 8.00, riding 33 miles to St Neots, arriving before 10.30am to join those starting at St Neots, and allowing time for a rest and a cafe stop at the Market Cafe in the Market Square.
The shorter ride (48mls) will start from the Market Square in St Neots (PE19 2AA), with registration at 10.45am. The two groups will leave together at 11.00.
Lunch in Cambridge is at Tatties Cafe (11 Hobson St, Cambridge, CB1 1PA) and we expect to arrive there around 12.45.
On the return leg, those riders taking the the longer route have the opportunity to stop again at St Neots for coffee if desired. Depending on timing, a coffee stop is also possible between St Neots and Northampton, perhaps at Thurleigh if early enough. Of course, if all else fails, there are a number of friendly looking pubs along the way that could provide refreshment.
Most of the route is on fairly quiet country roads, with cycle paths around Cambridge. The route is fairly flat between St Neots and Cambridge, with only a few moderate hills to enjoy between Northampton and St Neots.
See the routes on the RidewithGPS links below:
Northampton to Cambridge
St Neots to Cambridge
Timing is difficult to judge, as it depends on the riders joining us, but the groups are likely to arrive back to St Neots at 3.30pm, and Northampton at around 6.30pm.
Parking at Northampton is easily possible on the road leading to the Canoe Centre, but not in the Car Park, as this is restricted.
Parking at St Neots is possible in the Market Square but, if preferred, the Riverside Car Park (The Paddock, PE19 7SA) is just to the west, and over the river, from the Market Square and has ample parking. Both are free on Sundays.
Carrying water and energy snacks is vital, especially on the longer route. The weather forecast at the moment is suggesting a hot, dry day, making hydration even more important, so please ensure that you carry plenty.
Also, please ensure that your bike is in good order and free from known issues from the start, and that basic puncture repairs can be dealt with en-route.
We look forward to welcoming anyone who wishes to join, although for planning purposes, we would be grateful for a reply to me by email if you intend to ride and are not a regular CTC Northampton rider. The regulars should use Signup as usual.
For more details please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096