Ride Report – Saturday 11th June

Brian reports (with photo by Anne):

Nine riders gathered at Moulton Co-Op at 9.30 a.m. for one of our Saturday-morning moderately-paced rides.  We hope these rides will encourage cyclists with some experience to join in a group ride perhaps for the first time.  We certainly welcomed two new riders along with some regular riders.

An early decision – agreed by all – was to avoid the gravel at Pitsford and take the reservoir causeway on the road from Holcot to Brixworth which turned out to be relatively traffic-free at that time of day.

Beyond that and we were into quiet roads through Scaldwell and Lamport and on to the single track road down to Draughton.  Time for a quick photo, courtesy of Anne, and then we were back on the rolling hills through Loddington, Cransley and Broughton before making use of the short section of cycle path along the A43 to get us to the Walgrave turn.ctc-june2016

Not far now and we were at Manvell Farm Café where we received a friendly welcome.  It had been overcast most of the ride although it was quite warm.  As we sat outside enjoying coffee and large, indulgent slices of cake, the sun broke through (obviously on the righteous).  I couldn’t help thinking that this is what cycling is all about.

It was only a short ride back to Moulton which we made by 12.30 p.m.

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Ride Report – “La Petite Étape” – Sunday 11th May

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.

The tightly formed peleton close to Lamport

The tightly formed peleton close to Lamport

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.

Game for a laugh!

Game for a laugh!

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.

Ride to Braybrooke and back – Sunday 8th December

Brian, our Secretary, is leading this ride, and writes:

Start: Moulton Co-op   9.30 a.m.   40 miles.   A challenging ride at this time of year.

This will be our last ride before Christmas. A one-stop ride via Braybrooke and then skirting Market Harborough to the Farndon Fields Farm Shop café.  (http://www.farndonfieldsfarmshop.co.uk/the-cafe)

The planned route is Moulton, Walgrave, Draughton, Thorpe Underwood, Braybrooke, Market Harborough, Farndon, Naseby, Guilsborough, Brixworth and back to Moulton (subject to the weather).  There are several short-cut options en route.

We shall ride mainly on quiet roads with the exception of 100m of gravel path around Pitsford Reservoir at the end.

The ride time is just over three hours plus a stop so we should be back before 2.00 p.m. at the latest.  Still worth bringing lights to be seen by at this time of year.

For more details ring Brian on 01604 622073 (or 07722 055149 on the day).  Please check your e-mails on Saturday for any last minute alterations.

For digital map aficionados, the route is here.

P.S. Don’t forget to book the CTC Christmas lunch on the 16th Dec. Details on
www.ctc-northampton.org.uk

Ride Report – Saturday 20th June – Petite Etape de Northants

Brian (our Rides Secretary) went on this ride led by Alex and writes:
On the day the Tour de France covered the same route as this years Etape (successfully completed by our own member Philip Gray two weeks ago) Alex had lined up a hilly route for a brisk morning ride. The challenge was 2600ft and 35 miles. At the end Alex extended the route to just complete a total of  3000ft of ascent according to his GPS logger. A mere trifle compared with real Etape I suspect.
Six riders, including a new CTC member Terry, set out from the Brampton Valley Way / Welford Road meeting place at 9.30 a.m. in cloudy and cool conditions. This lasted throughout the ride and made for very pleasant cycling compared with the previous few days, although potentially the forecast was hot.
The route took us through Holdenby, Spratton and Brixworth in a series of undulations to Cottesbrooke where we had a brief spell on the flat before the long climb up to Haselbach.  Then we pedalled a short stretch to Nasby before turning down to Clipston and then to Kelmarsh. A slight problem was a sign that the road to Kelmarsh was closed over the weekend but we pressed on to find that the reason was a major event at Kelmarsh Hall with a one way system for traffic to its car park. Luckily we were able to walk the short stretch to the A508 and cross to Arthingworth. More hills followed in a loop to Harrington on some very pleasant narrow roads.
Whilst we were bidding farewell to Iain – he left to pedal to Kettering – an elderly gentleman cyclist passed us on his way to a wedding (not his) in Harrington. A drop into Draughton and then up to Lamport Hall before more gentle undulations through Old and Hannington and then the final few hills and a short detour to complete 3000ft of ascent before ending at Moulton.
We arrived at the J Gallery Café in the village at 12.30 p.m. for a welcome cup of tea in the gardens. Alex’s Bianchi kit was much admired by the other customers who were cycling-friendly.

(l to r) David, Alex and Brian in the J Gallery Café garden

(l to r) David, Alex and Brian in the J Gallery Café garden

Many thanks to Alex for planning and leading a very pleasant ride through quiet picturesque Northamptonshire lanes. A route definitely to be recommended.

Ride Report – Sunday 7th April

Brian Tunbridge, our Secretary, led this ride and writes:
Seven riders met at Moulton Co-op for a ride to Braybrooke. Spring must have been in the air as two “best bikes” (Bianchis) were taken out of winter storage. The temperatures were not quite up to normal and there was still snow alongside some of the lanes, but it was sunny and dry.
With a tail wind we set a brisk pace up through Old and Draughton and on to Braybrooke where we crossed the River Jordon before hitting the outskirts of Market Harborough. I’d forgotten just how long the hill up to East Farndon is and that both Clipston and Kelmash each sit on the top of their own hills. However, we made the Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre at Kelmarsh by 11.30am in good time for brunch, only to find at least four other cycling groups had the same idea. Brunch was only coffee and cake with few seats available and we departed for home after only a short stay.
The ride back was into quite a cold breeze which showed that Spring has not yet sprung but it was still good cycling weather.

Brian Tunbridge, our Secretary will be leading this ride and writes:
We meet at 9.30 a.m. at Moulton Co-op for a ride of about 45 miles to Braybrooke and back.
Our route goes via Holcot, Old, Draughton and Harrington to Braybrooke.  We’ll come back via Market Harborough, Clipston, Kelmarsh (brunch), Naseby,  Guilsborough and Brixworth.  Quite hilly,  all on mostly quiet roads.
Could Sunday be the start of the Spring weather?
With only one planned stop for sustenance at the Kelmarsh Naganjuna cafe, please bring a snack as a top up along the way.
More information from Brian on 01604 622073  (or 07722 055149 on the day).

Report – Ride on Saturday 12th January

Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, went on this ride led by Philip Gray and writes:

On a chilly, but ice- and snow- free morning, eight of us (Hi Alex, Hi Kieran) gathered outside the Co-op in Moulton for the first ‘brisk’ ride of the year.

Our leader, Mr Gray, had planned us a route that he said didn’t involve too many hills but the lack of hills didn’t really matter as we were soon getting our exercise thanks to a stiff easterly blowing straight into our faces. Oddly, it seemed less of a wind when it was behind us.

Having made it up to Broughton fairly easily, and from there past the old airfield at Harrington to Kelmarsh, we hit slightly lumpier territory climbing out of Kelmarsh (no stopping for tea!) and down to Maidwell where we regrouped. From there, back roads through Draughton and Scaldwell took us over a few more lumps before we crossed Pitsford on the causeway to make the J-Gallery in Moulton in good time for a coffee.

Thanks to Philip for planning such an inventive route, and to Phil Letts for keeping watch at the back of the group. Hopefully we’ll see more of you on the next rides, including Phil Letts’ brisk ride on February 2nd.