Everyone is invited to join this ride which will be a special occasion. Thursday would have been Max’s 79th Birthday and his family are coming up from Suffolk to scatter his ashes along a quiet local lane.
We will meet from 10.30 a.m. at Waterloo Farm Café, Great Oxendon, LE16 8NB. [Grid Ref SP 740 843]
The Ride will proceed to Great Oxendon turning right up the hill then left to Clipston, through the village to turn towards Kelmarsh, cross over A508 towards Harrington to turn left down the hill towards Arthingworth. Here we will meet up towards the bottom of the hill by the last clump of trees at noon [Grid Ref SP 754 806]. The family will then conduct the scattering of Max’s ashes. Afterwards we shall proceed through Arthingworth up the hill to Desborough for lunch at the Tapas Grill and Wine Bar. This is attached to “The Ritz” in Station Road, NN14 2RL. [Grid Ref SP 803 833]
Richard Daniells has circulated these details as there may be quite a few cyclists who are not regular attendees at Thursday Club rides but who may like to come to pay their last respects to Max in a local quiet spot of the kind that Max enjoyed.
We look forward to seeing you on this special occasion and our last link with one of most loyal supporters of and workers for our pastime.
Five Cycling – Report written by Nick (Enid Blyton being unavailable)
Five riders made the rendezvous point at the Windhover/BVW to enjoy the delights of this ride led by Alex (Alex, Miriam, Terry, Milton and Nick). Maybe it would have been more but the previous evening’s weather forecast was not particularly fair. As it turned out however the rain had cleared, the sun was out and the wind was blowing. A great day for drying your washing but an even better one for riding a bike!
We set off in good spirits and headed north through Church Brampton before hitting the hills on the roller-coaster roads heading east from Holdenby through Spratton and up to Brixworth. Happily each of the hills was easily conquered with the large helping hand supplied by the not inconsiderate tail wind. It was then north and north-east through the picturesque lanes linking Brixworth to Cottesbrooke and Haselbech. On the hill up to Haselbech we were reminded of the need for caution when riding near horses when an oncoming beast (with rider) was seriously spooked. Apparently it was something to do with the sight of Milton’s knees!
Onwards to Naseby and then a seriously fast descent in the direction of Clipston (wind-assisted) but then turning south-east to Kelmarsh and Arthingworth. From here we climbed the Strava Queen of the Mountains section used in Wednesday’s Stage One of the 2014 Women’s Tour of Britain. At the top, outside the Tollemache Arms pub, we paused for a breather. It was at this point that we realised that we had actually ridden three of the four Queen of the Mountain stages used on Stages One and Two of the Women’s Tour. A little bit of messing about with a smart phone and we were ecstatic to discover that all five of us had ridden two of the sections faster than the professional riders on Wednesday and Thursday had. FANTASTIC – however, just for the record we did it in the opposite direction …..
Not long after Arthingworth it was pay back time; we turned right and headed south and south-west across the flat land of the former aerodrome at Harrington which put us right into the teeth of the gale!!! Alex was the leader so we all hid behind him. We took a hilly detour off this road through Draughton – its a strange day when you prefer including a hill to avoid the flat – but it did cheat the wind.
Through the villages of Old, Walgrave, Hannington and Holcot before closing on the destination of Moulton. Terry and Milton peeled off for home whilst those left enjoyed a coffee at the J-Gallery in Moulton before wending our way home.
Grateful thanks to Alex for leading this ride. It lived up to its name and happily, despite the often ominous clouds scudding along, we did not get rained upon.
The route is here on Garmin Connect.
Ian M went on this ride, led by Iain D, and writes:
Apologies to Iain D! I promised to write up a report on his ride to Kelmarsh and then forgot!
Iain D is leading this ride and writes:
We’ll be heading out to the Buddhist Centre in Kelmarsh on Sunday. Sadly, their free drink for the New Year offer has ended but their café always has something suitable on the go for hungry cyclists so it will be a pleasure to visit again, I’m sure.
The route out takes us through Brixworth and Cold Ashby and into Welford before ducking back towards Naseby and Kelmarsh. The return leg involves Arthingworth and Old and should bring our mileage for the trip up to around 45 miles. This is a one-stop-only ride after all!
The route is a little contorted, mainly so I can include a couple of my favourite stretches of tarmac – no apologies – but also to give us a shortcut in case of cruddy weather. Which hopefully won’t be the case. I’m hoping Cold Ashby won’t be living up to its name too faithfully either.
Although we should be back well before dark, it would be sensible to bring lights to be seen by.
See you Sunday, 9.30 a.m. in Moulton. (Outside Moulton Co-operative Store, NN3 7TB)
Many thanks to Alex for planning and leading a very pleasant ride through quiet picturesque Northamptonshire lanes. A route definitely to be recommended.