Family ride – Saturday 21st June

Iain D, our Rides Secretary, will be leading this ride and writes:

I have just finished recce’ing the routes for this Saturday’s family-friendly ride. Leaving the Canoe Centre at 9.30 in the morning, we should be out for around two hours, no more. I have devised a couple of options to keep us entertained depending on the group make-up on the day; both routes are comfortably below the 20-mile mark, being twelve miles and ten miles respectively.

Both routes stick mainly to traffic-free cyclepaths and bridleways although we will be taking in the village of Hardingstone and, for those who opt for the longer route, the quiet lanes out to Rothersthorpe and Kislingbury. Some sections are gravel and/or dirt so leave the 23-section tyres at home unless you want a Roubaix type experience. The 35s I recce’d on were more than plush enough and so MTBs are strictly optional.

If you are bringing the family, an idea of numbers would be helpful, but not essential.

Likewise, if any of our more regular riders are likely to be joining us, I’d appreciate the help.

See you Saturday morning, 9.30 a.m. at the Canoe Centre,

Summer of Cycling Leisure Ride – Saturday 22nd June

Brian Tunbridge, our secretary, will be leading this ride and writes:

Leisure Ride Upton Mill lakes.
As part of Summer of Cycling in Northampton the CTC section cycling group are leading a ride on cycle paths from Beckets Park alongside the River Nene to Upton Park Lakes and returning through Upton Park. There is a short stretch where the route is on a firm gravel Bridleway otherwise it is on tarmac. Main roads are crossed where there are pedestrian lights.

This is a flat ride; the only inclines are the bridges over the river and canal.!

10.30 am Start Midsummer Meadow Car Park next to Beckets Park (parking charge). NN1 5PE. along Bedford Road.   Alternatively park free near (but not in) the Canoe Centre under the A45 flyover and use the cycle path along the Bedford road to Beckets Park, about ¾ mile.

The ride will take about 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Please bring a bottle of water.

You do not need to be a member of the CTC to take part in this ride.

If you would like more details of the ride please ring me on 01604 622073.

Hope to see your there.

Please pass this email onto your friend or relatives who may be interested in the ride.

Short, leisurely, family-friendly ride on Sunday morning – 28th April

Ian Macsporran, our Chairman this year, will be leading this ride and writes:

On Sunday morning (28th April) we meet at 9.30 a.m. outside Moulton Co-op for a short, leisurely ride suitable for all ages.
We will pedal the bike paths of Moulton and then go under the Round Spinney roundabout.  There are more bike paths through a quiet industrial estate before we cycle alongside the Billing Brook.  Further paths take us past Lings Wood and Fox Covert Wood to a cycle bridge over Talavera Way.  We pick up a byway which will take us out to Ecton Lane.  We then descend to Sywell Country Park for a short break, after six miles.
The Country Park has picnic tables and it’s possible to buy a drink and a snack if you don’t want to carry them from home.  The toilets are fresh and clean, with hot water at the basins and warm-air hand dryers.
We’ll then return to Moulton on quiet roads via Mears Ashby, Sywell and Overstone, giving us eleven miles in all.
If we spend twenty to thirty minutes at the Country Park, then we’ll be back at Moulton by 11.30 a.m.  I’m grateful to John Cutler for sharing the greater part of this route with me about three years ago.  A map of the route is here.
The byway is the only part of the route that is not well surfaced.  There’s about 200 metres uphill on the byway and then 300 metres flat.  It’s not muddy.  If you wanted to push, it would be 500 metres at the most.  I took these photos today – Thursday.
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Come and join us for this ride – bring a friend or relative – explore some of the cycle paths and byways on our own doorsteps – and be home with an appetite for Sunday lunch!