CTC Northampton’s 39th Anniversary Today.


Northampton CTC Reformed 1979


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The Northampton Cycle Parade of 1895.

The fifth annual cyclist’s parade in aid of the Northampton General Infirmary took place on Monday evening. The weather, unlike that of last year, was very favourable, and as a result more people witnessed the parade than any previous year, and more money was collected.

The hard working committee who, fortunate in having the services of an enthusiastic hon. Sec. in Mr. Sam C. Douglas, had spared no work to make the affair a success, and that they succeeded the result proves. The chief attraction of the parade was the comic and character get-ups. These were exceptionally good, and reflected the highest credit upon those responsible. It was an excellent move on the part of the committee to write to Mr. H. Labouchere for a prize for the best get-up, for, generous as that gentleman is known to be where the object is a deserving one, few of them expected such a handsome silver cup as that sent down by the then senior member. It had the result of attracting an entry of seventy, the majority of whom not only competed, but displayed not a little originality and cleverness, and the only regret was that there were not more prizes. Several who were passed over thoroughly deserved recognition. In some cases a lot of money had been spent in the get-ups; which, as above mentioned, were all round remarkably good.

Cyclists began to arrive on the Market square – the place of starting – soon after past six by which time the roped off space was surrounded by a large crowd. Until 7.30 the cyclists continued to arrive, and the number of spectators increased, until there were over 500 of the first named, and several thousands of onlookers. In addition to the prizes for the best get-up, prizes were also given for the best florally decorated machine, and the neatest equipped rider. Whilst these were being judged the Northampton Temperance Silver band played selections. The judges were the Mayor and Mayoress, Mr. A. Cockerill, Mr. Aarron Philips, and Mr G. E. Sindall. They had a difficult task before them, and if they did not give general satisfaction they did their best.
In giving first prize to Mr H. O. Andrews, who represented dear old Santa Claus, and his little guest, they no doubt were in thorough sympathy with all able to judge. The make up of Father Christmas was remarkably good, every detail being carefully attended to. Then his little guest was a pretty little curly-headed mite of about three winters, dressed with great skill.
The second prize, a clock, was given to Mr. H. F. Swann, who as a Hospital nurse was an excellent representation.
The third prize, a walking stick, was won by Mr. Pratt, who as a Cobbler was strikingly characteristic.
The fourth prize (given by Mr. H. Kinnersley) was awarded to Mr. James, whose representation of a penny wooden doll came in for general commendation.

Behind these there were many excellent characters, and special prizes were given by Mr. A. Cockerill to Mr. Ben Romain, who got up splendidly as The Nun; Mr. Sindall gave a special prize to Mr. J. T. Field, whose representation of an Indian Chief was in the opinion of many deserving of higher mention. Then there was ‘Northampton’, a get-up by Mr. Howard which did him infinite credit, and drew forth a special prize from Mrs Becke. Mrs Becke also gave a special to Mr Geo, Perkins for his Our Back garden. A special was also given to Mr. Barwell, who, as the Birdcatcher, was deserving of it.

In addition to the above the following were also favourably commented upon:- English Sports (Mr. A. Dunham), Going to Market (Mr. W. Ellis), Little Lord Fauutleroy (the Master Grose), Mephistopheles (Mr F. C. Robinson), the Village Blacksmith (Mr. J. Dilley), Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday (Messrs. Langley and Perkins), the old farmer and son (Mr D. Deacon), Salvation Army girl (Mr. W Watson), detachable and adjustable cycle stretcher carrier (Messrs. Gardner and Ward), Labourer (Mr. F. Bazeley), Ching Chang (Mr. McKewan), Frank Read’s flying ship(Mr. G. Esau), an organ grinder (Mr.G. White), Hamlet (Mr F. J. Bassford), Court Juggler(Mr. W. H. Cautrell) Irishman and woman (Messrs. Holmes and Burman), Mrs. Penn (Mr.J.Billingham), Horse Guard (Mr. H. Barber), etc.

Mr. T. Ridgeeway was the first (barometer presented by Sir Philip Manfield) for the best florally decorated machine; Miss Lowe was second and obtained Mr. L. J. Sharman’s prize of a set of carvers; Miss Rose Gadsby was third, and had a biscuit jar; whilst Miss Katie Grose (as poppy) was given a special prize by the Mayoress. These machines looked very pretty, as did the lady riders.

The competition for the neatest equipped cyclist was not very keen. Mr H. Bosworth won the Gladstone bag given by Mr. A. Drucker; Mr. E. J. Facer was second (Umbrella, by Mr. A. Philips), and Mr. A. Robinson was third (brief bag).
The silver-plated bugle for the out of town club parading the most members was won by the Kettering Working-Men’s, who mustered no less than 54. Amongst those who witnessed the judging were:- Mr H. Labouchere, Mrs Labouchere, Miss Labouchere, Mr. A. Drucker, Mr. C. C. and Mrs Becke, Ald.H.E.Randall, Mr.S.S.Campion, Rev,W.B.Sleight, and Mr Pigott, C.B., Chief Constable of Norfolk.

It was nearly eight o’clock when Mr S.Brown, of Coventry (who visited the town at the invitation of Mr. A. Richardson Newland), led off on the Humber Eiffel machine, which is fifteen feet high, and which he rode throughout the parade without once dismounting – a performance requiring not a little nerve.

The route taken, which was lined throughout with on-lookers, was Wood-hill, Georg-row, the Drapery, Sheep-street, Barrack-road, Louise-road, Military-road, Claire-street, Hunter-street, Colwyn-road, Derby-road, Whitworth-road, Wellingborough-road, Palmerston-road, Billing-road, St.Giles-street, George-row, Gold-street, Marefair, Black Lion-hill, St.James-road, to Franklins Gardens.

There were 525 machines in the procession, and various clubs represented included the following:- Northampton Rovers, Northampton and Country A.A.C., Military, Trade, God Templars, St.James, Stanley, All Saints’, Working-Men’s Club, Whitworth road Conservative C.C.C., Kettering Working-Men’s Club, Wellingborough, Earl’s Barton, Wollaston, Kettering A.C., Daventry, Rugby, Banbury, Ambulance Cycling Sections.
The arrangements on the square were carried out by sub-marshalls under the direction of the Chief Constable (Mr.F.H.Mardlin), who also arranged for the placing of constables in various parts of the route: and it is most satisfactory to state that the whole was carried out without mishap. The collectors numbered something like 140, and it is satisfactory to state that upwards of £60 was taken-a most gratifying result.

On arriving at Franklin’s Gardens the distribution of prizes took place in the large hall, which was packed. The Mayor, who wore his chain of office, spoke of the great success of the parade, and the pleasure it gave the Mayoress and himself to take what part they had that evening. The Mayor, who wore his chain of office, spoke of the great success of the parade, and the pleasure it gave the Mayoress and himself to take what part they had that evening. The Mayoress then distributed the prizes, each of the recipients coming in for great cheering.

At the close of proposition of Mr.J.Porteous, hearty cheers were given to the Mayor and Mayoress, whose reply determined the proceedings. Along the line of the route the Trade and St.Paul’s Bands played selections. Mr.S.Frisby and Mr.W.G.Ward kindly supplied brakes for their use. It should be mentioned that several members of the Templars’ Club represented Knight Templars.







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

Women’s Tour Returns to Northamptonshire on the 14th June 2018.

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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.

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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.