Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary will be leading this ride and writes:
This Sunday we’ll be heading over to the west of the county and through the village of Eydon. There’s no special reason for visiting that spot, although I’m sure it’s lovely, but it will give us a chance to try out a different mix of lanes to those we usually ride on.
Total distance is a shade over 50 miles (12 m.p.h. average speed at a steady pace), elevenses will be at Canons Ashby, lunch in Towcester and the weather looks set to continue fine into the weekend so I’ll see you all on Sunday – start at East Hunsbury (Overslade Close, by the library, NN4 0RZ) at 9.30 a.m.
This Saturday’s “brisk” ride will head to the poet John Dryden’s family house at Canons Ashby, and will be about 35 miles there and back over a rolling / slightly hilly route. On brisk rides we try to keep a steady pace, slightly higher than the leisure rides. To compensate, the teastop is provided by the National Trust, and we can look forward to various signs of spring along the way.
The weather forecast is uncertain but there may be light showers, with temperatures around 8°C with a light wind.
If you are interested, please come along to East Hunsbury (Overslade Close) for 9.30 a.m.
Please let Philip know if you fancy coming but have any questions, or are new to the brisk rides. (07724 778215; 01604 720522)
We aim to run every ride as advertised above. Any changes or, exceptionally, cancellations will be advertised on our Yahoo e-mail group, our website and our other social media. Check for messages or contact the leader a day or two before the ride for any updates!
For insurance purposes, these rides are for CTC members but we welcome non-members on a trial basis for up to three rides. Special events are open to all.
A = Advanced (typically over 60 miles, 14+ mph average riding speed)
B = Challenging (typically 45-60 miles, 12 mph average riding speed, or shorter-and-faster)
C = Moderate (typically 35-45 miles)
D = Leisurely (typically 10-30 miles)
E = Easy/beginners (typically 10-20 miles)
Club = steady ride
Tourist = includes historical or other visit
Leisure = short distance, easy pace
NMK = ride run by CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes
National = CTC or other national event
Evening = Evening ride to a social meet
Social = Social meet without a planned ride
BVW – Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing NN6 8AA
EH – Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
MCP – Moulton Co-op NN3 7TB
CC – Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road NN4 7AA
Maps are available for start locations here. We aimto cater for a wide range of rider abilities. On C, D & E rides we will wait for the last rider. On A & B rides, riders are expected to meet the average speeds indicated or be able to make their own way home.
For contact on the ride (e.g. if you miss a turn or have a problem at the back of the group), or need to contact the group at the start of the ride, the following are regular riders’ mobile phone numbers:
Secretary – Brian Tunbridge 01604 622073
Rides Secretary – Iain Dawson 0790 999 2468
Mobile phones must not be relied upon but are there as a secondary means of communication on the ride in the event of a problem.
Riders must be prepared for foreseeable problems such as punctures.
Please contact the rides secretary if you would like to attend the Rides Planning Meeting. You are also welcome to forward any suggestions prior to the meeting.
Sunday 15th July seemed to be a popular day for cyclist around the county. Unfortunately, however, not from the Northampton group – I thought it might be a solo ride for me.
Luckily Eleanor arrived and cycled as far as the coffee stop which should have been at Woodford Halse. Mindy’s cafe was closed so Eleanor returned to Canons Ashby whilst I continued to Napton to join Bill for lunch.
Shortly after Boddington (close to the future HS2 rail link) the single track road sported signs of a cycle route with marshals. This was the Napton cycle festival ride and I was told that about 150 people had entered. In the next 3 miles into Napton I met those 150 cyclists going the other way !!
The Just So Café (www.cakesjustso.co.uk ) is cycle friendly and suitably refreshed Bill and I returned via Priors Marston meeting more cyclists in the other direction completing their ride .
Although cool for the time of year the weather was good for cycling and we stopped for tea and cake at Litchborough church, sitting in the sun outside along with other riders. A longish ride covering some quiet country lanes which perhaps we can repeat some time.