Start time and meeting point remain the same.  BVW at 9.30 a.m.

How could we not have known that tomorrow is Maitreya Empowerment Day? Is our knowledge of the Buddhist Calendar so poor?

So the World Peace Café isn’t open. My first thought was Kelmarsh Hall – bigger but not karma – and which once served us when we arrived in the village on another Buddhist holiday. But it’s closed for winter!

Brian remembered a recommendation from Peter Witting and CTC Leicestershire: just outside Welford, the Mini-Meadows Farm Café (farm website here but there’s nothing about the café) . Brian also plotted a route for the moderate ride on RWGPS.

So this morning I followed Brian’s route and had my elevenses at Mini-Meadows. I can report excellence – bike parking à la Dutch infrastructure (not yet complete), spacious café, comfy seating and, most importantly, good coffee with my cake choice of Christmas Tiffin (white chocoate to die for)!


Bike parking infrastructure being installed


Service counter (Christmas Rocky Road, Christmas Tiffin, etc)


Pleasant seating area


Check out my Xmas Tiffin!

So a new venue and all is good! And the moderates have two ride leaders!

Moderate route here on RideWithGPS; James will, I am sure, lead the brisk riders on a route to fill their lungs with country air.

See you at BVW at 9.30 a.m. Moderate route is slightly shorter than the original; we may be back by 12.45 p.m. Or still at 1.00 p.m. if I’m carrying Xmas Tiffin internally.



Ride Report – CTC “Sulley Challenge” – Sunday 1st March

With no CTC Northampton ride this weekend, Philip G and Brian (our Rides Secretary), rode the Sulley Challenge organised by Leicestershire & Rutland CTC.  Philip writes:

We took on the Sulley Challenge today and had a good time despite exceptionally blustery winds on a delightful and generally quiet route.  The Challenge ride is an audax-style, self-navigated route, with GPX files available for those with satnavs.  The ride starts and finishes in Lutterworth with a choice of 70 km or 100 km routes.  The longer route was out towards Great Easton, north to Tilton-on-the-Hill, through Rutland and back via Kibworth.

A total of 66 riders were registered, most setting off in twos and small groups.  Brian and I set off together and had such a good chat that we missed our turn in Walton, hence doing an extra mile.

We said goodbye in Great Easton where Brian followed the 70 km route and I stayed on the 100 km.  Brian stopped at the Neville Café along with fifteen cyclists from Rugby Velo and three Lutterworth cyclists doing the 70 km route.  I met a chap who was regretting choosing a fixie!

Both of us faced a return route to Kibworth directly into the wind – in open countryside with little to stop the wind – making it sometimes hard to control the bike. Average speeds fell significantly.  However we both got back before any serious rain.

You can see my route here.

Perhaps next year more people will be tempted to join this low-cost enjoyable event.  A organiser’s report is here.