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
Philip

“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 chairman@ctc-northampton.org.uk

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
Philip

Event report – Celebration of Cycling Festival – Saturday 11th August

David and Philip attended this event with other CTC members.  Words by David and Philip.  Photos by David.

This really was really rather special with a varied and unusual programme.  Beckett’s Park was a great venue to host the event.

Cycled over the new Connect2 bridge, opened by the Mayor of Northampton, with the Sustrans Area Manager.

There were guided rides led by CTC volunteers.Watched the Olympic mountain biking on the big screen. Plenty of interest at our CTC stall, which included a quiz with a prize donated by Pitsford Cycles. Warm enough for a ice cream. Saw Michael Ellis (MP for Northampton North) try cycling around a wooden platform named “the wall-of-death bomberdrome”. Tried a bike and fell of when the handle bars twisted round. Lots of people there.  Overall this felt like the best cycle-focused event held in Northampton for many years, and something that hopefully will encourage more people to participate in whatever way best suits them. The organisers are hoping to run the event again next year.

Many thanks to Iain, Brian, Rowan and Dave for their help in setting up and running the stall, and to others for dropping by.

Ride report – Sunday 22nd July

Chris W was on this afternoon ride around some local country parish churches, led by our Chair, Philip Gray (under the “Summer of Cycling” banner), and writes:

Philip, thanks for an interesting ride. Quiet and hitherto unknown sites, practically on my doorstep. Pleasant weather and pleasant company, excellent.

Mike H adds this photograph taken at Whiston Church:

Afternoon ride around Northamptonshire parish churches – Saturday 21st July

Our Chair, Philip Gray, leads this ride and writes:

This Saturday afternoon, CTC Northampton invites you to join a short cycle tour of some Parish churches to the south-east of Northampton, the second in our Summer of Cycling Leisure Series rides.

Depending on time and access, we will visit two or three of the following churches. Whiston is said to be one of the most interesting churches in Northamptonshire, little changed since 1534 and still without electric light. In Denton there are murals by celebrated Northampton artist Henry Bird. Preston Deanery is a small, very old church now cared for by the Historic Churches Conservation Trust. And finally Great Houghton is unusual in this county in having a Baroque exterior.

After our tour of spiritual places we will enjoy some temporal relaxation at the Britannia pub.

So, if you can bear not to watch Brad Wiggins in the final Tour de France time trial, please come out and enjoy fresh air and a hint of the eternal with us.

We start from the Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road at 2.00 p.m. and should return by 5.00 p.m. The ride will be 15 – 18 miles at a leisurely pace. There are some hills but we will take them easy. The weather forecast is currently for sunny intervals and up to 19 degrees (you may wish to retrieve your suncream from wherever you left it last summer…).

Non-members are welcome but please contact me first (01604 720522 or chairman@ctc-northampton.org.uk) if you have not ridden with us before.

Hope to see you there!