Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, is leading this ride and writes:
This Sunday we’re off to Farthingstone on a 50-mile jaunt taking in a few of the less severe hills to be found in the western half of Northamptonshire.
This is a one-stop ride and Farthingstone Golf Course (where we’ll be taking lunch) is almost exactly at the turning point so we’re looking at two 25-mile legs. Bring extra supplies as necessary.
The route out is fairly circuitous incorporating Everdon Stubbs while avoiding Dodford and Newnham. The route back brings us through Silverstone and almost through Towcester. It should be an interesting trip.
We’ll be meeting at a new start location – outside TGI Friday’s at Sixfields at 9.30 a.m.
(If you’re coming to the start by car, please don’t leave it at the start location; there is plenty of parking available down by the lakes, a mere 200 yards away).
How nice was it to get out today in the sunshine after all that snow with a convivial group of eight keen riders eager to shake the winter blues out of their legs. Patches of ice here and there meant we needed to keep a sharp lookout but no-one, not even Ian, threw themselves to the ground!
It was pretty cold with a biting wind but we didn’t care as we tackled a ‘bumpy’ route out via Dodford and Everdon to The Dairy Farm for a welcome coffee, cake and warm by the stove. (Bad luck to those whose table was too far away! Ride-leader’s privilege!)
We kept the pace up on the route back and totalled a good 35 miles. Nice to ride and chat with everyone.
Ian Macsporran was on the ride and adds his thanks to Phil. The route is here.
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.