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,

Event report – Summer Barbecue – 26th June

David attended this event and writes:

At John D’s in Nether Heyford, a friendly gathering of riders from Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding surrounding area was blessed with nice sunny weather.
There were around two dozen of us feasting on sausages, burgers and salad,followed by desert and coffee. Beer was available from the barrel and the ride home in the dark with Brian and Ian made a change to daytime riding.
20130626 Thirsty+Work
20130626 Barbecue+John
20130626 Burgers+Sausages
The route of our ride out and back – 22 miles – is here.

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.

Open (Day) Ride – Sunday 23 June

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

CTC-Northampton club ride Summer of Cycling in Northampton.

Start  9.30am  Overslade Close, (near Hunsbury Hill Library),  East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ

This ride is registered with the Summer of Cycling and non CTC members may ride!

Distance 53 miles, club ride Cat B but at the more leisurely end. We plan to return by 3.30pm.

Route: Blisworth, Stoke Bruerne, Paulespury, Lechhamstead,  Buckingham (coffee),  Stowe Park, Syresham, Helmdon, Sulgrave Manor (lunch), Wappenham, Greens Norton, Tiffield, Northampton.

This is not a particularly hilly route,

Please bring water and a snack. Sulgrave Manor serves sandwiches, soups and similar.

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

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

“Cycle 4 Cynthia” Report – Sunday 23rd September

Many CTC Northampton members took part in this year’s “Cycle 4 Cynthia” Ride which started and finished at Althorp; most followed the 50-mile route.  The entry fee and riders’ sponsorship raises money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton.  (It’s a little surprising that entering and sponsoring online isn’t easier.)  The hospice is named after the present Earl Spencer’s grand-mother; hence the venue at the Spencer estate.  This little report is made up from contributions from David, Philip and Alex.  Nick has written an account in his own blog, “Cycling Downhill”.

Nick (“Cycling Downhill” blogger) No 1083

The route had changed from previous years and there was a bit of confusion (pandemonium?) at the start as the organisers – bewilderingly – changed the start line at the last moment.  With over a thousand riders, this didn’t help our plans to meet up.  Five members started together and about ten others were on the ride.  Two CTC couples rode tandems.  Eventually riders got away by 9.45 a.m.  The rain, which had been threatening all morning, came down at 12.30 p.m. and it started to get cold.  This made socialising at the end difficult (everyone went straight home) but we all enjoyed the ride – or, at least, finishing it!

Perhaps the nicest things about the day were the many lovely volunteers and the spectators in the rain giving encouragement to the riders.  So ended the Summer of Cycling!  Congratulations to everyone who finished quite a tough ride!

Summer of Cycling Leisure Ride to Cottesbrooke Saturday 8 Sept 2012

Join CTC Northampton for a short leisure ride on Saturday, 8 September 2012, on the Brampton Valley Way and lovely quiet roads around Cottesbrooke. Meet us at 2 pm at Brampton Valley Way, Welford Road crossing, NN6 8AA.

As part of Northamptonshire’s Summer of Cycling, this ride is open to everyone, including under-16s accompanied by an adult. If you have not ridden with us before, please try to let me know beforehand on

The route is about 10 miles and mostly flat, with optional hilly loops available for anyone wanting more challenge. Optional refreshment stop at the Brampton Halt pub.

Also excellent preparation for the Cycle for Cynthia Ride on 23 September!

Happy cycling