Ride to the Christmas Lunch – Sunday 15th December

You’ll have seen from Peter’s post here all about our Christmas lunch on Sunday 15th December 2013 at the Old Crown, Ashton (near Stoke Bruerne) – including menus and booking contact.  It’s a good venue!

Last year's Christmas Lunch at Stowe

Last year’s Christmas Lunch at Stowe

If you want to ride there in a group, Bill Simpson  (07736 600858) is leading a ride starting at 10.00 a.m. from East Hunsbury (Overslade Close, NN4 7AA) with an elevenses stop in Towcester.

How we got there last year!

How we got there last year!

Annual barbecue – Wednesday 26th June

Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, writes:
CTC NMK’s (Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes) annual BBQ is happening on Wednesday 26th June – 7.30 p.m. – at Watery Lane, Nether Heyford. The Northampton section will be joined by Milton Keynes and Kettering sections for a friendly social gathering.
Entry is by ticket only so now that summer’s here (honest!) treat yourselves to a social evening, with food, and contact John Dunkley (01327 342588) now to get hold of your tickets.
Prices are very reasonable at £7.50 per member and the same per guest and profits from the evening get returned into our funds so it’s all in a good cause.
Don’t worry about the weather. John has plenty of gazebos and tents if it is wet. (I’ve checked the forecast and it’s scheduled to be a warm and dry evening.)  The BBQ includes the usual meats and salads including veggie options  plus not-to-be-missed delicious sweets.
Please contact secretary@ctc-northampton.org.uk if you would like to join a group cycling there from Northampton. Start 6.30 p.m. (about 10 miles, leisurely pace, lights needed).

Breakfast Ride – Thursday, 20th June

Philip Gray will be leading this ride and writes:

Join CTC Northampton and Milton Keynes this Thursday 20 June for our traditional “Bike Week” bike breakfast at Salcey Forest café. This is also a Northamptonshire Summer of Cycling event. Any rider is welcome.

We aim to leave the Whitewater Centre on Bedford Road at 7.30 am, for a ride of about 9 miles to the café, where we will be joined by rides from Milton Keynes group.

If you prefer to go direct to the café, we will be there approx 8.30 – 9.30 am. I will lead a group back to Northampton for 10 am.

Hope you may feel like joining us

Happy cycling
Philip

Report – 10th CTC East Midlands Camping Rally, Beaumanor Hall

David went to this camping rally from Friday 24th to Monday 27th May in Leicestershire and writes:

Friday
We started on Friday around 10.30 a.m. from Chapel Brampton. Three of us set off just as the rain started to come down as a light shower on and off, with an ever increasing wind.  As we approached the Leicestershire border we had the worst of it for the day with rain, hail and gale force winds attacking us as we climbed the hill to Theddingworth. The roads were littered with twigs and foliage.
Ian phones for a lift home

Ian phones for a lift home

At The Queen’s Head in Saddington Ian phoned for a lift home as he was wet and miserable – see his account here.  So that left two!  John and I continued north then east, cycling around Leicester City, stopping at Mr Pick’s Farm Café for an hour or so to dry out a bit and let the Friday rush-hour traffic go by.  We had tea and cake in a newly built wooden café. Hens were in the fields and a farm shop opposite.
Cafeé in hailstorm

Café in hailstorm

Before reaching Beaumanor there was one more patch of hail and heavy wind but when we arrived at 8.00 p.m. the weather had settled.  In fact there was no more rain or severe wind for the rest of the weekend.
The CTC Milton Keynes group used Route 6 and said they came across two fallen trees on the paths and had to lift their bicycles over to continue.
Saturday 
I took part in the 30 mile ride led by John Catt (Notts CTC Webmaster) which took us south to a nursery café and then on to a pub for lunch by a canal.

Start of Saturday's ride

Start of Saturday’s ride

A happy cyclist at the Plough Inn

A happy cyclist at the Plough Inn

The evening slideshow was presented by Jeff Burton (Notts CTC) on his two-week tour of the Hebrides in Scotland.

Sunday
John and I went on Max Scott’s 30-mile led ride which went north towards Nottingham stopping at the Six Acre Garden Centre. Max turned right instead of left at Costock, going up the A60 until he realised his mistake and had to return up a steep hill.  Some of the local riders had stopped and informed me that Max had gone the wrong way.  We returned to the café.  Ten minutes later Max and John joined us for bacon buttes and tea.  The two families in the group were glad not to have descended then ascended  the same hill.  We then headed to Old Dolby Brewery for lunch and a pint.

Max leads the Sunday ride

Max leads the Sunday ride

John enjoys a pint of Old Dolby bitter

John enjoys a pint of Old Dolby bitter

The evening entertainment was a selection of four films on cycling. The first was a B&W film taken in 1903, of racing championships held at the time.  The second was a 1967 film on the French courier service, a humorous ten-minute film in which a cycle-courier gets into difficulty delivering his regular round.  The third showed the First Bicycle Carnival held in Manchester Football Stadium in 1900. People were dressed up as clowns, roundheads and cavaliers as they walked passed the camera.
Then we had two power cuts and a search for the fuse box. The hot water had just boiled so tea and coffee was served. The power came back and the last film was on the 1965 TDF with  a car horn blowing sound track as the riders were shown enduring the heat and tension of the race with crashes, injuries, crowds and the media following in cars and motorbikes.
Monday
We returned home stopping at The Old Greyhound in Great Glen for dinner.  The sun shone all weekend, Saturday night’s temperature fell to -2 degrees but otherwise it was well worth going.

The Old Greyhound at Great Glen

The Old Greyhound at Great Glen

John struggles up a hill on the way home

John struggles up a hill on the way home