I returned to St Neots at 3.00 p.m. and chose to continue on a route which was slightly different from the way I’d come in the morning. It was one of the hottest days of the year and I eventually arrived back at 7.30pm. Although I did not have a cycle computer to measure my distance, Bill (the organiser of the “Guy Barber” Ride) has confirmed I have done my first 100-miler.
Bill Simpson organised and led the Guy Barber Memorial Ride and writes:
Eighteen riders rolled out from the Bedford Road start, heading eastward, with the company of the River Nene for the opening miles. I say there were eighteen riders who started, but we were joined by a nineteenth somewhere en-route (but this is another story, isn’t it, Brian?)
Three of the nineteen taking part were females, one of whom, Pippa from Milton Keynes, shared a tandem with her partner Mike Slater. This I think was a first on the Guy Barber ride. The other two were Northampton’s Eleanor Weller and Sylvia from Milton Keynes.
The peloton of riders came from an almost 50 percent mix of Northampton and Milton Keynes C.T.C. all of whom are to be thanked for their support.
Between us we raised a total of £95, but we will forward a cheque for £100 to the Headway Charity.
The ride towards St. Neots and the River Ouse on which it sits went by without any hitches. No mechanicals or punctures encountered, just good banter shared by all as we took advantage of some assistance from the strong wind that was our companion until the return journey.
On the way back it was huddle together and fight the wind, enabling all to return safely via the excellent café stop in the garden centre in Poddington. Mostly we avoided the rain (mostly). Many thanks once again for your support.
I look forward to next time.
Bill Simpson is the organiser of this event and he writes:
We start from the Holiday Inn Hotel opposite the canoe centre on Bedford Road. There is a public car park available on the left of the hotel. Register from 9.10 a.m. Depart at 9.30 a.m.
The total distance for the circular route (via St Neots) is 68 miles.
Entry registration fee = £5. All money will be forwarded to the charity “Headway”.
Route sheet available, though there are two leaders to guide at hand. Iain Dawson for a slower group and myself for a quicker group
Hopefully it will be warmer and less windy than has been the case in recent weeks..
Looking forward to seeing you there!