About Phil Johnson

I am the current secretary of CTC Northampton - part of Cycling UK.

Ride report – Sunday 18th April

PhilJ went on this ride and writes:

With options for cafe stops running out, the reliable Forge at Culworth was a last minute choice for this Sunday’s ride. At this time last year it seemed to be one of the only cafes you could actually get a coffee at.

Making up the numbers this week included GaryC, a CTC member of some years and GaryH our resident speaker, both welcome on today’s ride. Also present was AnneC making a welcome return with friend Judy who wasn’t about to have the best of starts to her day!

JamesC headed up the faster group whilst PeteB took the steady group just behind. A decent six and seven split. We all headed down to Banbury Lane at Hunsbury Meadows for the long haul up to the A5 at Fosters Booth.

It transpired that Judy didn’t even make it over the first canal bridge having dropped her chain which then became jammed around the bikes drive-train. Reluctantly, with no other option Judy was forced to make the rather long uphill walk back to the start where her car was parked up.

Meanwhile two groups continued over the A5, passing the original Canons Ashby venue and onto Moreton Pinkney before signs for Culworth appeared. The Forge Cafe garden was already busy with groups of cyclists when we arrived but we bagged ourselves a table and parking for the bikes.

Service was a little slow and the choice of cakes was limited but it was a welcome change to be able to relax outside in the sunshine on a sunny day. The second group arrived somewhat later than anticipated due to the aforementioned mechanical just as our group departed for home.

JamesC led his group back out onto the road minus Hartley who chose to join partner Viki on the ride back. Another undulating leg complemented the ride out making it a pleasant 35 miles of riding without too much to bother us.

Hope you all enjoyed the ride.

Thanks to PeteB and JamesC for leading the groups.

Ride to Canons Ashby, Sunday 18th April

Peter B is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.

Meeting point: Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Distance: 35 mls
Refreshment Stop: Canons Ashby at 20 miles
Average Pace: Steady, around 13mph, depending on riders
Time Expected Back: Around 12.30pm
Please confirm if you wish to join the ride by e-mailing Fatgadgi@gmail.com, or replying to this email

Dear All
I’ve had to change our cafe stop to the Forge in Culworth.
Unfortunately Canons Ashby are requiring people using the cafe to purchase garden passes.
Woodford Halse, which the original ride also passed, is not open on Sunday.
But the Forge is waiting for us !!
So, I’ve modified the route to keep the distance the same, meaning we don’t pass Woodford Halse anymore.  New route is linked below:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35694539

Dear All

Sunday’s ride is to Canon’s Ashby.

We will meet near the Library in East Hunsbury at the usual time of 9.30.

This will be the first weekend that we can have a proper cafe stop, with the COVID restrictions further relaxed. We are, of course, restricted to outdoors only, however Sunday looks to be dry, probably sunny and possibly up to 14 degs. Nearly summer.

The ride will take us to the West of Northampton, following familiar roads through Pattishall, Maidford, Woodford Halse and to our cafe stop at Canons Ashby.

As I’m sure we are all sick of hearing, we need to comply with the COVID requirements of distance etc. both before the ride and during the cafe stop. Remember to take masks.

This will be a steady ride, probably around 13mph, depending on the riders. If we have enough riders, as usual there is the possibility to have more than one leader, allowing faster or slower groups to suit the riders. So, can you confirm to me if you want to join so that we can ensure sufficient leaders.

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday

Cheers – Peter

Route on RidewithGPS:

EH/WoodfordHalse/35mls

CTC Northampton AGM 2021

Dear All

Later this month, Wednesday evening, 28th April, we will be holding our AGM, which will include a fascinating talk by Gary Hill – “Bikepacking the Balkans; seven countries in seven days”.

We usually hold our AGM in October, however this has been delayed to be in line with CyclingUK’s new financial year, and we will have to use Zoom rather than a physical venue. Although using Zoom is not the same as our usual face to face gatherings, it does at least allow as many of us who want to join in, to do so from the comfort of our own homes, and without the need to pre-book.

So, everyone is welcome to join via Zoom by following an internet link which will be sent out shortly, along with a more detailed agenda and some of the pre-prepared reports.

In summary, the agenda will be as follows:

  • 7.30 Start
  • 7.50 Reports from Officers
  • 8.20 Election of Officers and Committee
  • 8.50 Talk by Gary Hill
  • 9.30 Open forum and AOB
  • 10.00 Finish

Regards – Peter Bayles, Chairman CTC Northampton

Ride report – Saturday 3rd April

Peter B was a Leader on this ride and writes:


It was always going to be a popular ride, being the first weekend this year that we were allowed to ride as a group again as the COVID restrictions, that had been in place since before Christmas, started to relax.  In the event, 20 riders set off from the Canoe Centre (plus an additional rider joining part way) on the 27 mile circular route that took in Olney.


The number of riders meant we split into four groups, with Brian, Philip G, Milton and myself Leading smaller groups.  It was great to see some riders who had not been out on the weekend rides for some time – clearly the pent-up frustration of lock-down was a big motive.  We had two riders with e-bikes, which was great.  We also had a couple of riders sporting injuries, but still determined to get back in the saddle;  one rider was recovering from a recent operation, and another had a recently broken toe, which meant that she had to ride with one borrowed over-sized training shoe on the affected side.  Keen or what ?


The weather was kind, being overcast and cold all day, but dry with a slight breeze.  Because of the continued restrictions, most cafes were still restricted to takeaway services if they were able to open at all, and so we planned the route without a refreshment stop. Hopefully the Government’s expectation that cafes can open for outdoor food will allow our normal cafe stops to be resumed, starting from our scheduled ride on the 18th.


The more energetic riders joined Philip’s group and were the first to set off, maintaining a fast pace, and never to be seen again by the the other groups.  I talked with one rider afterwards, who just told me “it was hard work”. 
Milton took his group in the reverse direction to the plotted route.  To be fair, this was Milton’s route, stolen from his famous “Turkey Buster” ride, so really it was the rest of us going in the wrong direction, not Milton. We passed Milton’s group near Olney and “waved” across the road.
Brian’s group and my group stayed fairly close to each other throughout the route, enjoying the ride and the countryside.


A great day, and fantastic to see everyone again.  Thank you to everyone that joined the ride and look forward to seeing you again (James’s ride to Silverstone is this coming weekend).


Cheers – Peter

Ride to Silverstone – Saturday 10th April

James C is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.

Meeting point: East Hunsbury Library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Distance: 29 mls
Refreshment Stop: No Cafe Stop, but opportunity to stop & eat own snack at Silverstone
Average Pace: Steady ~13mph
Time Expected Back: Around 12.00pm
Please book a place with James, or by reply to this email.

Dear All
I’ve attached a GPX for this Saturday’s Steady ride to Silverstone. 29 miles starting from EH. No café stop but we’ll stop outside the race track for a breather and a chance to scoff any food anyone has brought in their back pocket. Should be back at the start for 12:00.

I recommend we meet in the library car park rather than the end of the cycle path, but within sight so we can beckon people over.

As per last week, we will have additional leaders if we get numbers.
James

Route on RidewithGPS and .GPX File

Silverstone

Ride to Olney – Saturday 3rd April

Peter B is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.

Meeting point: Nene Whitewater Centre (Canoe Centre), Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance: 27 mls
Refreshment Stop: No formal stop
Average Pace: Steady ~12 to 13mph, depending on riders
Time Expected Back: Around 12.30pm

Dear All

Happy “Happy Monday”.

As I’m sure you are all aware, we are able to get together again to enjoy outdoor activities. Consequently, we are pleased to say that we are resuming our rides again, starting this Saturday, 3rd April at 9.30am.

I will lead the ride, starting from the Canoe Centre, which will be fairly short, with a distance of 27 miles, taking in Cogenhoe, Castle Ashby, Olney and Stoke Goldington. I make no apology for borrowing Milton’s excellent Boxing Day route, which does have a couple of hills, but is not too arduous.

There will not be a cafe stop, as these venues have not yet officially opened, and so we will do the 27 miles without a break. But the Canoe Centre has an excellent take-away which will be open for individuals wishing to refresh themselves after the ride. We also pass Salcey at around 20 miles if anyone wishes to break off at that point.

This will be a moderate to steady ride to suit the riders – probably around 12 to 13mph, so it will be relaxed.

As we did previously, can you confirm to me if you want to join so that we can ensure sufficient leaders.

So, brush the cobwebs off your best bikes and join us Saturday.

Cheers – Peter

Route on RidewithGPS:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35534321

Ride to East Carlton – Sunday 3rd January

PhilipG is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance: 42 mls
Refreshment stop: East Carlton Country Park
Pace: Steady

Please note, this ride requires pre-booking by emailing Philip – philip.g@ctc-northampton.org.uk

Rides must comply with COVID requirements. Please make sure that we don’t mingle in groups bigger than six at any time, even at the start of the ride. More details are at the end of the ride description.

The first ride of 2021, on Sunday 3 January, takes us to East Carlton Country Park for another outdoor coffee stop.

The weather forecast is currently for light cloud and a gentle breeze, but with fairly low temperatures (1 to 4 degrees C) so we’ll keep an eye on that.

Meet 9.30, Moulton Co-op for this 42 mile ride. Please bring a mask in case you need to enter the cafe to order, or indeed as a further precaution outdoors. An extra layer to wear at the coffee stop is also a good idea.

All rides currently need to be booked so please let me know if you intend to come along. Maximum group size is 6 so if necessary we’ll create more than one group.

You can find the route at ridewithgps.com/routes/34897855

As usual we look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join us.

For any further questions, please feel free to contact Philip.

COVID REQUIREMENTS

We are delighted to continue the regular rides, however we will need to comply with the Government and Cycling UK guidance:

Maximum group size of 6 riders, including Leader
This will require riders to confirm that they will join by emailing the ride leader within the week prior to the ride. Cut-off will be 6pm the night before the ride. Places available on a first-come basis.
Places may be limited because of the small group sizes, but wherever possible, we will try to organise additional Ride Leaders to cover the numbers, but the Leader may have to refuse riders if over-subscribed.


Social Distancing
We need to maintain at least 2 metres distance between riders, with 1 metre minimum abreast.


Cafe Stop
We will try to select cafes that adhere to Government rules on social distancing etc.
It is recommended that we sit outside at the cafe
We request that all riders carry a small bottle of sanitiser and a face mask (required to sit or pay inside the cafe)

Philip Gray is our COVID Officer, to help to ensure that we are working to the latest guidelines. Feel free to contact him if you have any COVID related questions or concerns.

Ride report – Boxing Day

PhilJ went on this ride and writes:

A simple Salcey spin was on offer for those who managed to haul themselves out of bed on this overcast gloomy morning for the last ride of a difficult year for everyone.
Gurj returned for another ride which was good news and even better news that he will be joining us permanently very soon. PeteB and I split the leaders duties due to the numbers through a thoroughly damp and often windy route but it provided the opportunity to burn off the excess calories from Christmas day.
Four of us meandered our way through familiar roads towards Stoke Bruerne, Ashton and Hartwell whilst PeteB led four others close behind. The Grounds Cafe at Salcey was busy but an efficient pay and collection point worked well.
Stand up coffee, outdoors was the order of the day but it warmed us up for the short ride back and we were home before lunch.
That was it! Short and simple and home for your second roast dinner in two days!
Here’s to a better 2021 for us all.

Ride to Salcey Forest – Boxing Day

PhilJ is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Overslade Close (near Hunsbury Hill Library), East Hunsbury, NN4 ORZ
Distance: 20 miles
Refreshment stop: The Forest Cafe, Salcey.
Pace: Moderate
Time Expected Back: Around noon.

Please note, this ride requires pre-booking by emailing Phil on phjoh119@gmail.com

Rides must comply with COVID requirements. Please make sure that we don’t mingle in groups bigger than six at any time, even at the start of the ride. More details are at the end of the ride description.

“Why not stretch your legs this Boxing day with an easy 20 mile spin out to Salcey Forest.
There’s nothing too difficult about this one and you’ll be glad of the fresh air I’m sure. We are starting at EH and once through Rothersthorpe and Milton Malsor we’ll find ourselves heading for picturesque Stoke Bruerne. Ashton and Hartwell then follow before we see the welcoming signs for the forest. A quick break at the Forest cafe will refuel us for the short and swift ride home along the Quinton road into Wootton and Hunsbury. Once home you can put all the calories back on with endless chocolate and alcohol.”

As usual we look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join us.

For any further questions, please feel free to contact Phil on 07927377191

COVID REQUIREMENTS

We are delighted to continue the regular rides; however, we will need to comply with the Government and Cycling UK guidance:

Maximum group size of 6 riders, including Leader

This will require riders to confirm that they will join by emailing the ride leader within the week prior to the ride. Cut-off will be 6pm the night before the ride. Places available on a first-come basis.

Places may be limited because of the small group sizes, but wherever possible, we will try to organise additional Ride Leaders to cover the numbers, but the Leader may have to refuse riders if over-subscribed.

Social Distancing

We need to maintain at least 2 metres distance between riders, with 1 metre minimum abreast.

Cafe Stop

We will try to select cafes that adhere to Government rules on social distancing etc.

It is recommended that we sit outside at the cafe

We request that all riders carry a small bottle of sanitiser and a face mask (required to sit or pay inside the cafe)

Philip Gray is our COVID Officer, to help to ensure that we are working to the latest guidelines. Feel free to contact him if you have any COVID related questions or concerns.

Ride to Harrold – Sunday 20th December

Peter Bayles is leading this ride and writes:

Please note, this ride requires pre-booking by emailing Peter – you can reply to this email or mail

fatgadgi@yahoo.com

Rides must comply with COVID requirements.  Please make sure that we don’t mingle in groups bigger than six at any time, even at the start of the ride. More details are at the end of the ride description.

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Overslade Close (near Hunsbury Hill Library), East Hunsbury, NN4 ORZ
Distance: 40 mls
Refreshment stop: The Buttery at Castle Ashby at 28 miles.
Pace: Steady
Time Expected Back: Around 1.00pm

Sunday’s ride is 40 miles at an average steady pace between 12 and 13 mph, riding East of Northampton to Harrold before turning back via our refreshment stop at Castle Ashby.  

The hills are not too challenging, and as this ride has been largely stolen from one of Tim’s previous ones, it promises to be an enjoyable route.

We set off from East Hunsbury, riding through Quinton and on to Stoke Goldington  From there we ride near Olney and through Lavendon to our furthest point at Harrold, then back to Castle Ashby for our refreshment stop at The Buttery.

The Buttery has a good outside eating area, but not covered.  Fortunately, the weather is looking OK.

From there it is a short 10 miles back to Northampton via Chadstone, Horton and Hackleton.  Past Chadstone, we have to go along the A428 for a short distance, which is sometimes quite busy, however there is a suitable path beside the road that we can safely use.

As usual we look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join us.

For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096

Route on RidewithGPS:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30941296

COVID REQUIREMENTS

We are delighted to continue the regular rides, however we will need to comply with the Government and Cycling UK guidance:

Maximum group size of 6 riders, including Leader

This will require riders to confirm that they will join by emailing the ride leader within the week prior to the ride. Cut-off will be 6pm the night before the ride. Places available on a first-come basis.
Places may be limited because of the small group sizes, but wherever possible, we will try to organise additional Ride Leaders to cover the numbers, but the Leader may have to refuse riders if over-subscribed.
Social Distancing

We need to maintain at least 2 metres distance between riders, with 1 metre minimum abreast.
Cafe Stop

We will try to select cafes that adhere to Government rules on social distancing etc.
It is recommended that we sit outside at the cafe
We request that all riders carry a small bottle of sanitiser and a face mask (required to sit or pay inside the cafe)

Philip Gray is our COVID Officer, to help to ensure that we are working to the latest guidelines. Feel free to contact him if you have any COVID related questions or concerns.