This years Guy Barber Charity ride saw 20-25 riders enter, cycling to Oxford for a 2nd year, on a gloriously sunny Sunday. Congratulations to everyone who joined us.
SUNDAY 3rd JUNE – 85 MILES, STEADY RIDE FOLLOWING WOMENS’ TOUR ABRIDGED ROUTE
Peter Bayles is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Distance: 85 Miles
Refreshment stop: Canons Ashby and Wodford Halse.
Pace: Steady, average of 13 mph, 16 to 18 mph on the flat
Time Expected Back: Probably between 5.00 and 6.00 pm
The OVO Energy Womens Tour, billed as Britain’s most prestigious professional women’s cycle race, takes place in mid June.
Stage two is hosted in Northamptonshire on the 14th June. As in previous years, we will follow much of the route, but abridged and adapted (many thanks, Brian) to follow a figure of eight and loop back to our start.
We will set off from Overslade Close in East Hunsbury, near the Library, and ride South towards Wolverton and Deanshanger.
Turning West, we will ride through Silverstone and on to our first planned refreshment stop, Canons Ashby, at 38 miles.
We will then ride to Weedon Bec before turning West again to Daventry at 54 miles, where we will pass the OVO Womens Tour Finish point.
At 68 miles, we hit our second planned refreshment stop at Woodford Halse, and by this stage, we will certainly feel that we deserve it.
From Woodford Hasle, it’s a mere 17 miles back to our start at East Hunsbury.
We look forward to welcoming all riders that feel like a challenge, but please ensure that your bike is in good condition and that you bring plenty of water, snacks and a route map
For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096
A year after hosting the Grand Départ, Northamptonshire welcomes the OVO Energy Women’s Tour once again on day two of the 2018 race.
Daventry, the starting point of the 2017 edition, will host the finish this time around. Riders will pass through the historic market town twice during this stage as part of a challenging finishing circuit that will also see the peloton tackle the notoriously steep Newnham Hill on two occasions.
Previous stages in the county have visited Northampton (which hosted the finish of the race’s first ever stage in 2014), Oundle and Kettering. The latter has been the finish town for three stages, with winners there including last year’s overall champion Kasia Niewiadoma. Who will cross the line first in Northamptonshire this time around?
Set in the heart of the Nene Valley, Rushden is the ideal location for the start of Stage Two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. The town centre offers a wealth of independent businesses as well as well-known high street brands within an attractive late Victorian/Edwardian setting, an enduring reminder of Rushden’s rise to prominence as a ‘boot and shoe’ town.
Rushden Lakes offers an exciting new dimension to the town with 30 acres of high quality shopping, restaurants (and soon a 12-screen cinema) and opens up 214 acres of lakes for leisure activity in an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Nene Valley for everyone to explore and enjoy.
Organised events in and around Rushden bring added vibrancy to an already bustling atmosphere within the town and, in the run up to the visit of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, a busy programme of cycling and community events will take place. See http://www.rushdentowncouncil.gov.uk for details. Check out http://www.nenevalley.net for ideas of the many ways to enjoy the town and the Nene Valley, including the Greenway, a traffic-free cycling and walking route for all abilities.
Set among the rolling hills of west Northamptonshire, the historic market town of Daventry provides the perfect backdrop for the finish of Stage Two.
The town is renowned as the former home of the BBC’s World Service transmitters, which broadcast news and information across the globe for more than 70 years with the call sign ‘Daventry Calling’. The wider district is also rich in history, playing a key role in historic events including the Civil War and Gunpowder Plot.
Any fans with some spare time on race day should visit the picturesque Daventry Country Park, situated just one mile from the town centre. Daventry also has a great range of cafés in which to enjoy some refreshments, while the wider district boasts some of the finest stately homes in the country, including Althorp House, Canons Ashby, Cottesbrooke Hall and Kelmarsh Hall.
CTC Members gather near the finish line of QM 1 during this years WT – Daventry to Kettering.
The Tour reaches the top of Haselbech Hill.
Mechanical problems – chain gets stuck between the cassette and back wheel.
A good push.