I think for the four of us who rode today, it was quite refreshing to ride a fair bit off-road and without having to constantly be on the lookout for wayward drivers. So, having dusted off our mountain bikes, we took a route in the morning sunshine which linked the parks of Delapre, Becketts, Sixfields, Upton, Hunsbury Hill and Grange emerging not far from Salcey Forest for a loop of the woods and a coffee stop.
Our return via bridleway to Piddington and Brackmills Cycle Network didn’t take too long despite some interesting wheel-gripping sections of mud on-route.
An enjoyable change. So a “New Year’s” resolution: do more off road!
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.