CTC Northampton Annual Guy Barber Memorial Charity Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Sunday 21st July 2019
Guy Barber was a member of CTC Northampton and frequently did charity events using either a butcher’s bike or an Ordinary (penny farthing). Using his road bike, he had two favourite rides from Northampton; one to Cambridge and one to Oxford. On one occasion he rode both routes on the same day!
In Guy’s memory, the club has ridden one of these routes each year for the past few years and donated money to charity. This year we are riding to Cambridge via St Neots.
A donation of £5 on registration is requested for us to donate to the British Heart Foundation.
To enable everyone to lunch together in Cambridge we have two start points:
The longer ride (110mls) starts at the Nene Whitewater Centre (Canoe Centre), Bedford Road, NN4 7AA, with registration at 7.45. We will leave at 8.00, arriving at St Neots before 10.30am to join those starting at St Neots, and allowing a rest and a café stop at the Market Café in the Market Square.
The shorter ride (44mls) will start from the Market Square in St Neots (PE19 2AA), with registration at 10.45am.. The two groups will leave together at 11.00.
Lunch in Cambridge is at Tatties Café (11 Hobson St, Cambridge, CB1 1PA) and we expect to arrive there around 12.45.
On the return leg, those riders taking the longer route have the opportunity to stop again at St Neots for coffee if desired. Depending on timing, a coffee stop is also possible between St Neots and Northampton, perhaps at Thurleigh if early enough. Of course, if all else fails, there are a number of friendly looking pubs along the way that could provide refreshment.
Most of the route is on fairly quiet country roads, with cycle paths around Cambridge. The route is fairly flat between St Neots and Cambridge, with only a few moderate hills to enjoy between Northampton and St Neots.
See the routes on the RidewithGPS links below:
Timing is difficult to judge, as it depends on the riders joining us, but the groups are likely to arrive back to St Neots at 3.30pm, and Northampton at around 6.30pm.
Parking at Northampton is easily possible on the road leading to the Canoe Centre, but not in the Car Park, as this is now restricted.
Parking at St Neots is possible in the Market Square but, if preferred, the Riverside Car Park (The Paddock, PE19 7SA) is just to the west, and over the river, from the Market Square and has ample parking. Both are free on Sundays.
Carrying water and energy snacks is vital, especially on the longer route. The weather forecast at the moment is suggesting a hot, dry day (like last year), making hydration even more important, so please ensure that you carry plenty.
Also, please ensure that your bike is in good order and free from known issues from the start, and that basic puncture repairs can be dealt with en-route.
We look forward to welcoming anyone who wishes to join.
For more details please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096